Yes, there are ways to safeguard your spinal alignment and ensure that your upper cervical correction holds longer. Many of the things we do on a daily basis are horribly bad for our necks and our backs, starting with what we use to sleep with every night. Certain pillows, mattresses, and sleeping positions can, over time, cause underlying neck injuries to exacerbate in your upper cervical spine, which can have a far-reaching impact on your comfort, performance, and longevity.
No one wants to be told that they are supposed to sleep flat, which is why companies have been trying, for decades, to come up with pillow solutions that are conducive to proper upper cervical spine support. One of those options is a memory foam pillow.
Memory Foam Pillows
Countless people wake up every morning with a stiff or sore neck, even if they have managed to catch some quality shut-eye the night before. This stiffness can contribute to headaches and even migraines over the day as your body struggles to realign everything in your back, neck, and skull region. However, memory foam pillows come chiropractor-approved as an ergonomic cervical pillow that will help you to properly support your neck pain during sleep.
Neck pain after a night of sleep can be caused by awkward sleeping positions. With that said, it is also an indicator that an underlying neck trauma exists. It’s hard for us to know what is and isn’t awkward while we are unconscious and sleeping. That’s why memory foam pillows are so successful – due to their supportive and malleable design, they can bend and mold to any shape while you are sleeping, complementing the weird twists and turns you do in the middle of the night. Memory foam pillows make it easy for you to find a comfortable position for your head and your neck. Available in a variety of firmness levels, there are memory foam pillows for every type of sleeper, from amazingly soft, to extra firm.
Firm or Soft
Each person’s neck is shaped differently based on genetics and adaptation to trauma. As a result, each individual needs a pillow that supports their particular anatomy. If you have forward head carriage you will need a bigger pillow with more support. If you have a normal cervical curve (lordosis) a flatter lower pillow will be best. If you have a reversed cervical curve (kyphosis) you will need a larger pillow to accommodate the forward head posture. Memory foam pillows come in different shapes and sizes to accommodate each individuals neck posture. Memory foam options will keep your upper cervical spine in check throughout the night. The important part of the pillow is that it stays with you throughout the night, so you don’t end up resting on your arm or contorting your body into weird shapes.
There are even upper cervical spine memory foam pillows that are specifically for individuals who have chronic neck pains. It is definitely best, however, before purchasing your pillow that you consider what kind of sleeper you are. With that information, you can peruse your options and find a pillow composition that is right for you.
As always, if the neck pain persists, consider consulting an upper cervical chiropractor.