Sleep occupies 1/3 of a person’s entire life, so it is only natural that he wants to spend this time with maximum comfort and convenience. In recent years, an orthopedic pillow has become very popular, how to choose and use it correctly — Healthyinfo will tell.
What is an orthopedic pillow?
An orthopedic pillow is a product that meets the recommendations of orthopedic doctors regarding ensuring the correct position of the body and its individual parts during sleep. There are a variety of orthopedic pillows, differing in their type, material of manufacture, purpose:
neck or contour pillow. Such a product has a curved design adapted to the outlines of the neck. Used to relieve pain in the neck;
wedge pillow. It has the form of a triangle, which provides the body with the necessary slope. It is used to minimize the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease;
lumbar pillow. It is not difficult to guess that it is placed under the lower back to support the body in a normal sitting position;
knee pad. This pillow is shaped like the number 8 and is designed to fit between the legs. This allows you to maintain a straight position of the lower body during the night rest on the side;
pillow to support the spine. Such a product is intended for women and allows you to maintain the correct position of the cervix during sleep;
body pillow. This long, curved product supports the entire body and all its parts in the correct position.
What do the scientists say?
Experts believe that the appearance of the pillow, its shape and filling affect healthy sleep, and can either improve its quality and comfort, or worsen it. Using the right pillow can promote optimal alignment of your spine, which will have a beneficial effect on the quality and duration of your sleep. Scientists who published the result of their study in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine consider latex pillows to be the best. In addition, they advise choosing a product with a flattened middle and higher edges. The height of the central part should be between 7 and 11 cm, and they also find the cooling effect of the surface useful.
A variety of materials are used as a filler today — buckwheat husks, memory foam, a heat-sensitive material that can take the shape of a body lying on it. The scientists, who published the result of their study in the journal Materials, consider blackcurrant pomace supplement to be beneficial. It has a beneficial effect on the physical, morphological, mechanical and functional characteristics of polyurethane foams used in the production of orthopedic products.
How to choose the best pillow?
Dreaming about sleep without problems and choosing a pillow that will suit this particular person, you must remember that it must match the size of the neck and shoulders. The height of the product should be equal to or slightly greater than the distance from the neck to the shoulder. There are no specific recommendations regarding the material. You need to focus on your feelings and preferences. The main thing is not to buy a pillow made of coarse synthetics. Softness, density and relief are a purely individual matter, which is why experts do not advise buying such things online.
It is better to come to the salon, where there is an opportunity to talk with the manager, learn how to use the product correctly, and even better lie down on it for a while. It is necessary to assess whether there is sagging of the neck, there are no uncomfortable sensations. If they are not there, the pillow is comfortable and comfortable, then you can buy it.