What’s the best pillow for neck pain?
Being comfortable in bed is vital to getting a good night’s rest, but many people find getting to sleep an absolute pain in the neck – literally. To combat neck pain, it’s helpful to choose the right pillow. In fact, experts say you should replace your pillows every one to two years to achieve better sleep.
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What causes neck pain at night?
When it comes to neck pain, many people blame their mattresses, and while your mattress may be a contributing factor, your pillow could be the main cause. Why? Because your neck is made up of muscles, tendons and seven tiny bones, all of which can become painful if we don’t keep our neck in line with our back when we sleep.
Which pillow is best for neck pain?
Keep in mind that different pillows have different benefits, so it’s important to do your research to discover the right one for you. Here are some of the most common pillow types, and how they can help:
- Memory Foam Pillows: renowned for their comfort, memory foam pillows adjust to your shape and react to your body heat. This lets your shoulders, head and neck rest in a straight but natural position, so they’re ideal for people who suffer from musculoskeletal issues. They also don’t need to be fluffed up. Combine a memory foam pillow with a memory foam mattress for extra comfort.
- Shredded Memory Foam Pillows: these types of pillows are filled with memory foam that has been torn into shreds. The shredded pieces make these pillows more moldable, which many people find more comfortable than traditional memory foam pillows.
- Microbead Pillows: filled with polystyrene beads (usually found in bean bags), microbead pillows mold to the shape of the head and neck. It’s common for travel pillows to be made from microbeads.
- Latex Pillows: made from 100% latex, these types of pillows provide a firmer option for sleeping, while still being cushioned enough for comfort. They’re great for people with neck pain and/or allergies, and are resistant to critters like dust mites and bed bugs.
- Buckwheat Pillows: this pillow type was used all the time throughout history, but have become less common in recent years. They’re a good choice for people who get too hot in the night, as they tend to remain cool, and they’re very firm so a great find for anyone who suffers from neck, back or shoulder pain.
- Pregnancy Pillows: pregnancy can be a cause of neck and back pain. Combat this by investing in a good quality pregnancy pillow that will support your neck, back and bump. Read our Pregnancy Pillow Guide to find out more.
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