Pillows: How to find the right one

Are you using the right pillow?

As a chiropractor, patients often ask us about which position and pillow are best for sleeping. The answer is always different depending on the patient. Annoying right?

The first thing we want you to know is that there is no one ‘best’ pillow for everyone. Your pillows main job is to support the natural curve of your neck. A good quality, supportive pillow provides many benefits including fewer ac   hes and pains, improved circulation, decreased snoring and most of all a better night’s sleep. When looking for a new pillow, take your time and choose carefully. Your neck and back will thank you for it! Try these tips to pick the pillow that’s right for you.


Choose a size of pillow suitable to your body size and frame. The pillow should cover the entire back of your neck to avoid putting pressure on your spine.


Try out the pillow. Most pillows are packaged in a plastic wrapper, so you can lay on it on a display bed in the store and put your head on it. This is the best way to find out if you are on the right track


A hypoallergenic pillow is a must for anyone who may suffer from allergies, but it is also a good choice for anyone


Buckwheat filled pillows have become increasingly popular. Buckwheat is hypoallergenic and it will mold to the contours of your head and neck providing good support. It will also change its shape when you move which is great for those who sleep in multiple positions.


Sleeping posture is probably the most important thing to look at when determining the appropriate pillow size for you. Check out the next few pictures for more information.

Side Sleeper: You want to choose a slightly higher pillow to support your head and neck.

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Back Sleeper: You want to choose a medium height pillow to support your head and neck.

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Stomach Sleeper: this position is not recommended. If you must sleep on your stomach, choose a low pillow. This position is not recommended because it can cause stress and strain on the spine. This can lead to neck pain and/or headaches, no matter which pillow you choose.

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Placing your pillow properly: When you lay down, place your head on your pillow. Then lift your head slightly and adjust your pillow by pulling down to full the space between your neck and the bed.

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If you want to know more or have any questions about pillows, sleep posture or how chiropractic care can help you sleep better, book your appointment by calling (519) 376-5657 or by clicking the booking an appointment button at the top of the page.


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