Everyone has experience having a good night’s sleep and bad night’s sleep. After a good night’s sleep, you usually pop right out of bed, full of energy, no sluggishness, and ready to seize the day and basically just own it. In my opinion, waking up full of energy is one of the best feelings in the world; it’s good that I’m pretty sure I can start a religion just around this feeling. On the other hand, a bad night’s sleep can and will mess up your whole day. Instead of waking up energized and ready to get on with life, you wake up more like the living dead. You’re probably aching, for reasons you may not even be sure of, it takes you at least 10 minutes just to get out of bed, and without the drug of caffeine, you would likely mess up at work, lose your job, become broke, and ruin your entire life. On yeah, and because lack of sleep has also been positively correlated with weight gain, you will not only be a broke loser, you’ll be fat and broke loser. Truly a winning combination for life.
Ok, so maybe I’m (slightly) exaggerating here, but the point is that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for living a productive and successful life. It is really no coincidence that Fortune 500 CEOs and billionaires all wake up as early as 5AM; do you think they would have the energy to wake up that early and properly tackle their immense responsibilities if they weren’t well-rested? I don’t think so!
There are many factors that influence the quality of our sleep such as room brightness, ambient noise, sleeping position, pre-bedtime meals etc. Today however, we will be looking at an important yet commonly overlooked factor that influences the quality of our sleep: the type and quality of the pillows we use. It’s actually quite obvious when you think about it really; I mean we are resting our heads and neck on a pillow for 6 to 8 hours a night! Another thing to consider is that almost 70% of people sleep on their side (including me), meaning that it is widely considered the most comfortable sleeping position. How would you sleep on your side without a pillow? Your head would curve downward uncomfortably and you would probably wake up with your head tilted to one side like you were always on the verge of considering an important question. That’s why I’m so grateful for the wide variety of pillows available today; you can find more of such pillows here at Pillow Sanctuary.
Neck and spinal alignment is of course the primary factor that makes pillows such an important tool. Ever fallen asleep on an airplane or train for a long period of time, with your head slumped forward and your chin tucked into your chest? (and drool dripping out of your mouth and leaving a nasty, disgusting stain on your shirt, forever ruining your chances and fantasies of catching the eye of your conveniently attractive seatmate). That is why travel pillows are so popular, and although it will certainly improve your comfort, so far no pillow has been invented that can prevent your disgusting drooling.
Of course, as I briefly mentioned earlier your preferred sleeping position is also something you have to consider in your pillows as well. For example, if you have a big, soft, and fluffy pillow and you are stomach sleeper, you may just suffocate in your sleep, killed by your own pillow, and probably receiving at least an honorable mention on the Darwin Awards website. A dubious honor at best, I must say. Side sleepers and back sleepers of course also have slightly different requirements in what they should look for in a good pillow.
If you suffer from any neck or spinal issues, such as slipped discs, bulging discs, herniated discs then the importance of choosing a good pillow skyrockets, probably close to the number 1 spot on the list of factors, in my opinion. Chiropractors and orthopedics, two professions that have had more than their share of conflicts and disagreement with each other (orthopedics largely regard the work of chiropractors as nothing more than a placebo effect, although we can all admit that getting your spine adjusted feels absolutely amazing, especially when you hear that ‘crack’ sound) both agree on one thing, a good supportive pillow is absolute crucial in the treatment of such neck and spine issues as well as preventing them from occurring in the first place.
Hopefully this article has helped educate you on the importance of a good pillow; go to your bed right now and give your pillow a nice ‘thump’. And tell me, do you think you have a good pillow?