Falling asleep is hard, but waking up with a creaking neck adds insult to injury. If this sounds familiar, you need a new pillow. The best pillows for neck pain really vary depending on the individual and their needs: side sleepers will need a very different pillow than back sleepers, and taller people ( or anyone with big buff shoulders) won’t feel comfortable borrowing a pillow. of their boyfriends. In other words, finding the best pillows for your sore neck might take some trial and error. But, luckily, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow to narrow the field. We asked the experts for tips on finding the best support pillow for your neck to help you fall asleep faster and wake up rested.
“The goal is to make sure your neck and head are aligned directly over your shoulders when you sleep,” Srikant Kondapaneni, MD, chief of pulmonary medicine at Englewood Health, tells SELF. He explains that sleeping on your side requires a more fluffy pillow because the extra height of the pillow allows more room for the sleeper’s shoulder to rest comfortably without bending forward. Meanwhile, a low-profile pillow is the best choice for back sleepers, who are likely to sleep with their neck and head tilted forward if they have a pillow that’s too high. Regardless of your sleeping position, your whole body, including your neck, should be completely relaxed when you fall asleep, says Dr. Kondapaneni. That’s how you know you’ve found a pillow that has a chance of keeping shoulder pain (and that dreaded stiff neck in your neck) at bay.
Thus, using market studies as well as the advice of Dr Kondapaneni and Michael Gallizzi, MD, MS, FAAOS, Spine Surgeon at OrthoOne at Sky Ridge Medical Center, we researched the best support pillows available for neck pain. Whether you sleep like a woodlouse or a starfish, or prefer a memory foam pillow over a down alternative, you don’t have to spend your mornings feeling stiff as a board. Read on to find the pillow of your (literal) dreams that will help prevent chronic neck pain. And if you still wake up at night and suffer from stiff neck, check if there are other factors causing your neck pain.
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