Written by Jessica Jackman (Osteopath)
Sleep has to be one of things we can take for granted in our day-to-day life. It is important to maintain healthy sleeping habits to allow your body to function properly and maintain good overall wellbeing. A good night’s sleep can help regulate both mental and physical health.
As an osteopath, this is a question we get asked all the time. So which pillow is right? The best answer is whatever feels the most comfortable. However there are a few rules which may help you make the right decision, based on your preferred sleeping posture.
When you are laying on your side, it is best to have a pillow that fits into the space between the shoulder and the ear. It should fit so that your head isn’t dipping towards the floor (too low) or the top of your head is angled upwards (too high). Ideally the spine would have a relatively straight appearance whilst laying on your side.
When laying on your back, the head should remain in a neutral position. If the pillow is too high, the chin will be closer to the chest and if it too low, the chin will point toward the ceiling. Again, the aim is to have as neutral a spine position as possible.
Unfortunately this is not a very good option for sleeping posture. The strain it can put on your neck from being in absolute rotation for long periods of time is not a good posture for your spine.
We now stock a variety of Australian made high quality Therapeutic pillows in a variety of shapes, profiles and levels of support. to suit the whole family. Ask any of our Practitioners during your next session or our friendly reception staff would be happy to talk you through the range. Don’t let the wrong pillow interfere with your sleep!
If you are having any problems with sleeping, neck pain, headaches or spinal problems that you think are related to your pillow or general sleeping posture, contact our clinic on (03) 5429 3610 to schedule an appointment with one of our Osteopaths. Or simply click the book online button below. Sleep Tight!