To begin, a neck pillow is a pillow with built-in neck support. Neck pillows are sometimes referred to as support pillows or contour pillows. Occasionally, the terms orthopedic pillow or chiropractic pillow are also used.
Others are shaped like a standard pillow (rectangle), while others are square or, if you prefer, oddly shaped. The shape or nature of the pillow should not be critical; it may be more a matter of personal preference. All neck pillows should have some level of neck support, which means they should maintain a neutral spine role. It should allow for neck curvature when sleeping on your back and keep your spine straight when sleeping on your side.
They frequently feature unique designs as well. Perhaps a wave-like pattern, or perhaps a pocket for your head. Another component is the material. I’ve observed, played with, and reviewed pillows made of a variety of materials. Pillows made of fiber, pillows made of water, foam pillows, buckwheat pillows, and so on… I prefer fiber-filled pillows that are moderately firm, not too hard or too soft. This provides adequate assistance and a restful night’s sleep.
Additionally, synthetic fabrics are often hypoallergenic and do not harbor dust mites in the way that feather pillows do. I find memory foam to be far too firm for certain people, and I’m not interested in fiddling with my pillow the way you do with a water-based pillow. However, you might need to experiment with a few different choices to determine which one you prefer.
Before selecting a neck pillow, it’s a good idea to do some research on the specific benefits of that pillow. Others are designed to alleviate particular conditions such as headaches or snoring, while others are designed to alleviate muscle tension. Still, others can help with all of the above. A good pillow may explain its intended use and how to use it effectively.
Following that, you should consider your preferred sleeping spot. Are you primarily a back or side sleeper? When lying on your back, the best neck pillows maintain proper neck curvature and keep your spine level while lying on your side. This is why the doctor, orthopedist, or chiropractor often suggests neck pillows to patients, giving birth to the terms chiropractic pillow or orthopedic pillow.
Now, if you’ve seen your doctor, he or she might have shown you neck x-rays. If you’ve noticed that you’ve lost your natural cervical lordosis or “C” curve, you’ll want to address this immediately and invest in a pillow that will aid in alignment.
When lying, the neck pillow protects and enhance the curvature of your neck. When sleeping, your pillow hold your spine straight, or in other words, level.
When purchasing the best neck pillow for yourself, you should also remember your height and body shape. If you are shorter or taller than usual, a regular neck pillow can be insufficient. The explanation for this is that your neck can not fit snugly against the pillow, resulting in insufficient support or even pushing your neck into an incorrect position. If you are too small for a standard-size pillow or have a very short neck, the cervical roll can cause your head to protrude forward. This results in head flexion and may straighten the curvature when sleeping on your back instead of incorporating the smooth curvature into the neck when sleeping on your back.
One last point to make is that some people prefer pillows based on how they look on the bed and how well they fit the bed size. I suggest that you sleep with a pillow that fits your neck first and the bed second. An individual with a king-size bed, for example, will desire a large neck pillow. If you are of average or medium height, you would most likely want to select a regular or medium-sized neck pillow.
Choosing the appropriate neck pillow requires consideration of your unique needs and preferences. It is best to fit the pillow’s comfort and versatility to get the most out of your sleep.