If your pillow wears out, or you realise that you’re not having such a good night’s sleep anymore, or you’re waking up with an aching neck or shoulders… You’re probably going to be in search of a new one! The difficulty is that the overwhelming choices available is enough to give you a headache. Which one should I choose? Which is the right pillow for me?
We’re not a fan of finding the right pillow through coincidence. We’re even less of a fan of buying a pillow that’s too high, then flattening it down through forcefully sleeping on it over the next few months, OR buying one that’s too low and having to layer more pillows on it. That just means that it wasn’t the right pillow in the first place.
Here is a method that is widely used for providing a guide on the best pillow height for you, that many people don’t know of!
4 Steps to Confirm the Right Pillow Height
Remember The Measurements When Going Shopping
Usually the average height of the pillow for those who sleep on their backs is about 4-6 inches. For those who sleep on their sides, it is about 4-7 inches, depending on how broad your shoulders are. That is why measuring your Supine Sleeping Measurement and Side Sleeping Measurement is important! They might be slightly different from each other.
When you go to the stores looking for a pillow, bring those two measurements with you. As you try out placing your head on the pillows in different positions (on your back and on your side), try to get a pillow height that most closely replicates the measurements you have. Pillows that are too soft may sink down too much, and pillows that are too hard may not be able to fit both your back and side sleeping positions.
This towel test is one of the most accurate ways to determine your measurements without having to go through the hassle of buying and returning pillows, or accumulating too many unused pillows in your house!
If you’ve changed pillows recently and don’t think that it is what’s bothering your neck, shoulders, or back while sleeping, drop us a text or call and one of our clinicians would be happy to discuss it with you – a spinal adjustment or a movement analysis may just be what you need instead!