If it is simply pleasant to sleep on an ordinary down pillow, then on an orthopedic pillow it is also good for health. The right pillow makes you forget about back pain and relieves fatigue.
The anatomy of the human body is such that in the supine position, the cervical spine curves unnaturally. Nerve endings are pinched, blood circulation is disturbed and in the morning you wake up with pain in your neck
An ordinary pillow provides support for the head and neck, but it cannot help a person to take the most correct position. Over time, even in an absolutely healthy person, the cervical vertebrae will begin to deform and chronic fatigue will appear.
So that sleep was truly healthy and orthopedic pillows were created. Thanks to this pillow:
- muscles are completely relaxed
- body load is evenly distributed
- blood supply improves
- reduced chance of snoring
Pillow filling is the main thing on which firmness, elasticity and comfort depend.
Anatomic pillow from Memory — they have a memory effect and perfectly adapt to the individual characteristics of the structure of the body, and therefore allow you to achieve maximum relaxation in your sleep.
Memory pillows are slightly softer than latex ones. The head falls into them, encountering absolutely no resistance. That is why memory foam pillows are often used as anti-decubitus pillows.
Basic pillow shapes
The shape of the orthopedic pillow can be absolutely any, the main thing is to be comfortable
- Classic rectangular pillow — The orthopedic effect is achieved here due to the elastic filler.
- Pillow with two cushions — Most popular option. If you want to sleep on your back, turn the pillow over with a low roller towards you. If on the side, then with a high roller it will be more comfortable
There are 3 main categories of orthopedic pillows:
- medium hardness
The choice of stiffness is influenced by the sleeping position.
Soft pillows are suitable for those who sleep on their stomach and back, medium hardness — on their side.
Pillow height and size
The size of the pillow should be such that only the head and neck fit, but not the floor of the body.
Recommended sizes of orthopedic pillows:
- 40x60 cm. - suitable for men and women of medium and large build
- 30x50 cm. - suitable for fragile, petite women, teenagers
- 20x30 and 30x40 cm. — pillows for young children
The height of the pillow is selected based on the softness of the mattress, the posture during sleep and the width of the shoulders.
Approximate pillow height depending on the position during sleep
on the back - height 6–10 cm
on the side - height 10–14 cm
on the stomach - height 6–8 cm
For those who like to sleep on their side, you can calculate the height of the pillow like this: measure the distance from the neck to the edge of the shoulder with a ruler — this is the height that the ideal pillow should be.