Find the Right Pillow for YOU

Find the Right Pillow for YOU

Pillows are important to decrease your neck pain

As a massage therapist, I often have clients who ask me for recommendations regarding a good pillow.  The truth is, there is no one size fits all answer for this question.  An excellent pillow for one person, may be horribly uncomfortable for someone else.

Over the last year or so, I had struggled to find the right pillow for me.  I tried memory foam, down feather, and foam pillows.  No matter which of my pillows I slept with, I would toss and turn all night.  It was nearly impossible to find a comfortable sleeping position.

This last weekend I decided enough was enough.  I made it my mission to find the perfect pillow for ME.  Here is what I discovered.

Trained Sales Staff Can Help Find the Right Pillow

Prior to last weekend, I purchased all my pillows at department or big box stores.  There were no pillows available near a bed to test the products.  Some of the pillows I bought were even in boxes, making any kind of in-store testing virtually impossible.  It’s no wonder I bought so many duds.  In this environment you are essentially buying the pillow blind.  You can only hope and pray it will be comfortable once you get it home.

This weekend I ditched the department store in lieu of a specialty mattress and pillow store.  The salesman was instrumental in helping me find the absolute best pillow for my body.

His first order of business was to find out what type of mattress I sleep on at home.  He then led me to a similar mattress on the sales floor.

Next, he asked how I typically sleep.  He then brought over all the pillows that were appropriate for side sleepers.  I tried each one in turn to test how comfortable and supported I felt.  The salesman also evaluated if the pillow kept my neck in a neutral position.  We both decided the same pillow was the best fit for my body and sleeping position, so I purchased this pillow and brought it home.

The morning after my first sleep on my new pillow I woke up amazed at how comfortable I had slept.  If you are struggling with neck or shoulder pain, I would highly recommend ditching the big box stores and going into a specialty store.  A trained and knowledgeable sales staff will make an enormous difference in the quality of your sleep.   You need to be able to test the pillows before you purchase them.

For those in the Hamilton / Stoney Creek area wondering where I had my great customer service experience, I shopped at Sleep Country at Centennial and Queenston.  I am in no way affiliated with this store, nor do I get any financial gain from making this recommendation.

Other Tips

  • If you are experiencing body pain of any kind, try to avoid stomach sleeping at all costs
  • Whether you are a side or a back sleeper, ensure that your head is propped in a neutral position.  Your spine should be one continuous straight line from your low back up to your neck.
  • Side sleepers can sometimes benefit from hugging a body pillow.  The body pillow should go between the knees, which keeps the pelvis in a supported position and you should hug the upper part of the pillow.
  • Some back sleepers benefit from sleeping with a pillow under their knees, while some side sleepers find benefit from having a pillow between their knees
  • Having a good mattress is also incredibly important.  This is also an investment that should be made with the guidance of trained sales staff.
  • Don’t cheap out!  If you are experiencing persistent body pain, get the best pillows and mattress you can afford.  Sleep is when the body regenerates and recovers.  If you are not sleeping comfortably your body does not have the opportunity to heal itself.

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Rebecca Henry, RMT has been in practice since 2010.  She offers mobile massage, in-clinic, and corporate massage services.  Insurance receipts are available!

Last updated Feb. 24, 2016

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