What are the benefits of neck pillows
What do neck pillows bring and what do you have to consider?
If you just want to know quickly whether neck pillows are really useful? Then my answer is: yes, but please don't just buy any neck support pillow.
Neck pillows are not an easy topic, even if you could think of it straight away.
Unfortunately, I keep finding that people, acquaintances, friends or even family members struggle with tension and neck pain in the morning for very long periods of time and then just buy some kind of neck pillow, ouch.
You can't get good neck pillows for 12 euros in the supermarket or the nearest furniture store.
To be very clear, neck pillows can help against all kinds of neck problems, but only if it is a good and, above all, a neck pillow that suits you.
Sleeping well is so important for our body, our concentration, our mood, everything, and yet when it comes to choosing a pillow, many people become absolute bargain hunters and are not ready to invest a few more euros in a really good pillow.
So back to the original question.
Neck pillows such as the Third of Life Matar * are great and can help with a variety of problems such as tension, headaches, neck pain, sleep disorders and even back pain or dizziness.
But neck pillows are not a miracle cure. So don't be tempted by the exaggerated health claims of some manufacturers. Chronic pain or other major health problems belong in the hands of a doctor and cannot be cured with a neck pillow alone.
So what's the point of a neck pillow?
If you often struggle with tension in your neck and shoulders, a neck pillow can help you maintain a healthy posture at night.
A neck pillow is significantly higher and firmer than normal pillows and supports the head so that it cannot bend at night.
This is particularly interesting for people who sleep on their sides, because they often suffer from neck pain and tension (reading tip: pillows for people who sleep on their side). A pillow that is too flat cannot completely fill the gap between head and shoulder, the head bends to the side and the entire neck and neck area is tilted.
Now imagine that happens every night for weeks, months even years. It's actually no wonder that the neck muscles start to rebel at some point.
This is where the neck pillow comes into play. With its compact shape, it fills the space between head and shoulder, the spine remains straight, the head is comfortably supported and all of the surrounding muscles can finally switch off.
She urgently needs that when you consider the hard work she has to do every day. A human head weighs about 6 kilograms on average and is stabilized and supported by the neck and shoulder muscles throughout the day. That wouldn't actually be a problem, but it does become a problem when we sit and work a lot in front of the PC, constantly look at our smartphones or drive a lot in the car. All of these activities have one thing in common: they overload the neck muscles to an unhealthy extent over a long period of time.
This is also explained very clearly in this video.
If, in addition to the constant overload during the day, there is also an incorrect posture at night, then the neck and neck literally never have their rest. In order to get the necessary rest now at least at night, you can fall back on such a neck pillow.
Find the right neck pillow
First things first, neck pillows are a very individual product and it can only develop its full potential if it suits you.
This means that you should immediately forget about any website or magazine that speaks of a test winner.
There is simply no such thing as one neck pillow for everyone.
Personally, I've been sleeping on pillows like this for over 15 years now and none of them are the same. By the way, my current pillow is this neck support pillow from Buddysleep *.
There are a few ways to find the right neck pillow for you now.
Guide values for the cushion height
If, as a male side sleeper, you lie on a hard mattress with very broad shoulders, you also need a correspondingly high neck pillow to fill the space between your shoulder and head and to keep your spine straight. As a female side sleeper on a soft mattress, the pillow then logically has to be a lot narrower.
Back sleepers, on the other hand, should generally use a flatter pillow (reading tip: pillows for back sleepers).
In the following table you will find guidelines that should help you to find the right pillow height.
Note: The terms soft, medium and firm refer to the firmness of the mattress. This is important because your shoulder will sink much further into a soft mattress than into a firm mattress.
Measure the correct pillow height
To measure the required pillow height, you simply stand very loosely against a wall. As a back sleeper with your back to the wall and as a side sleeper with your shoulder. Now you can easily measure the distance from the back of your head or the side of your head to the wall with a folding rule.
You should definitely add a few more centimeters to the distance to the wall, depending on how hard or soft your mattress is. With this simple measurement you can easily avoid bad purchases later.
You can find more information and ways to determine the height for a neck pillow in the linked article.
Height-adjustable neck pillow
If reference values and self-measured distances to the wall are not your thing, there is another extremely simple solution and that is height-adjustable neck support pillows such as the Irisette Mika *. These cushions usually consist of several layers of foam that can be combined in different ways to achieve different cushion heights.
For me, a pillow like this is the easiest solution and you have another advantage.
I take my neck pillow with me on vacation, after all my neck has got used to the pillow and I don't feel like spending the vacation with neck pain because the hotel pillow doesn't fit me. With a height-adjustable neck pillow, you can react flexibly to different heights and always adjust the pillow appropriately.
The same applies, of course, if you buy new mattresses with a different degree of firmness.
Aroused interest? You can find some really ingenious neck pillows in my neck pillow test.
It takes time to get used to it
One thing that unfortunately nobody can spare you is getting used to a neck pillow and it can take a while if you have never slept on such a pillow.
On the one hand, neck pillows are in most cases made of a viscoelastic foam. This foam adapts to your contours through your body heat. At first, the pillows are often very firm.
With three to four days it is unfortunately often not enough to get used to it. Getting used to a new neck pillow can actually take up to 30 days or nights.
In fact, your neck pain and headache may get worse the first few nights. It is even possible that you get sore muscles from the pillow and that's no joke, I've already felt it myself.
Incidentally, the long period of getting used to it is also the reason why I say very clearly: Trying to lie in a shop is nonsense. In three minutes you can test lying on someone else's mattress, not really determining whether a neck pillow is suitable or not.
There is also something else, the normal return conditions apply to online retailers. Bed shops, on the other hand, rarely take back products that have been tested, so ordering a neck support pillow is definitely a good option.
Don't just sit on a neck pillow
To be clear once again, when you buy a neck pillow, please always remember, it takes a long time for your body to get used to the pillow and it is not a miracle cure. It will help relieve and relax your neck and neck muscles, but there is more you can do.
If you sit at your desk a lot, just set a stopwatch and get up at least every 60 minutes and walk around a bit. You can stretch and stretch a little, simply turn your head slowly in all directions and thus help to make the muscles and tendons supple again.
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