If you are waking up with neck pain, headaches or numbness it might be the pillow you are using or the position you are sleeping in. It is really important that your head and neck are properly supported while you sleep in order to minimize or reduce strain on your neck. The worst position to sleep in is on your stomach as this position puts pressure on both your neck and lower back. The best position to sleep in is either on your side or on your back. In either of these positions the goal is to have the spine keep in a neutral position to reduce strain. Placing a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back or between your knees if you are a side sleeper can also help support your lower back.
When it comes to choosing a pillow – you want to pick a “Goldilocks” pillow – not too hard, not too soft, not too high, not too low – but “just right”. The perfect pillow will support your neck and cushion your head for a restorative night’s sleep. It is important to consider the distance between your neck and shoulders. Someone who is petite will need a flatter pillow than someone who has broad shoulders.
After being in practice for over 23 years and trying out different pillows, my favorite pillow is the Chiroflow® Waterbase® pillow. I use it personally and have had many patients benefit from it. I am excited that they have recently come out with a memory foam option. The pillow is designed with either a Fiberfill or Memory Foam top and then on the bottom there is a bag that you fill with water. You can put in more water if you want a higher, firmer pillow or less water if you are smaller or want a softer pillow. As you move around while you sleep the pillow will adjust to you, providing continuous support – and, no, you don’t hear the water moving around.
There has also been a lot of research showing the effectiveness of the Chiroflow® Waterbase® pillow when it comes to reducing neck pain and improving quality of sleep. At the world renowned Johns Hopkins University a clinical study was conducted with the object to compare various pillows, including the Chiroflow® Waterbase® pillow, and the effect they had on neck pain and quality of sleep. The results of this study were later published in the Archives Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The Hopkins study found that in all five of the categories tested, the Chiroflow® Waterbase® pillow was ranked best. The study results showed that the Chiroflow® pillow is associated with reduced neck pain intensity, and improved quality of sleep.
Logan College of Chiropractic performed two studies. In the first study, 68.3% of the subjects found sleeping with the Chiroflow® pillow improved their quality of sleep over their usual pillow. Of the 104 subjects it was also reported that after the study completed, 90.4% of the subjects would continue the use of the Chiroflow® pillow. Logan College subsequently reported that use of the Chiroflow® pillow was associated with enhanced quality of sleep in asymptomatic subjects. In the second study, the findings showed that there was substantial evidence that the Chiroflow® pillow provided the subjects suffering from chronic neck pain with both a reduction of neck pain and disability as well as an improvement on their quality of sleep.
Lastly, I love that Chiroflow® stand behind their pillows with a 30 day money back guarantee. If you purchase the pillow and you are not happy with it, bring it back for a full refund within 30 days. There is also a 3 year warranty against defects and leaks.
All Chiroflow® waterpillows are 20% off during the month of November. Give the Chiroflow® Waterbase® pillow a try and enjoy a great night’s sleep.