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Find the right pillow for your body with these tips

When we sleep, our body repairs itself - allowing for a better immune and respiratory function, and reducing a lot of everyday aches and pains. This is why osteopaths say a correctly fitting pillow that assists with more restful sleep is important.


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A pillow that’s too high, or too flat, can cause sleepers to be holding their neck in a position where their head is bent to one side, causing a sore neck, back pain and headaches. The right pillow can help alleviate this problems.

WHAT IS THE PERFECT PILLOW?
This depends on your individual needs and body shape. Ideally, a pillow should support your shoulders, upper back and neck, so that you can fully relax while asleep, rather than holding muscles in a contracted position overnight. A suitable pillow allows for good breathing, reducing the likelihood of snoring and sleep apnoea. To find a pillow that's right for you, consider these three things:

1) TEST IT OUT
A pillow should properly support your neck and spine, creating a straight line from your neck to the base of your spine (similar to a correct standing position).

2) MATCH YOUR BODY TYPE
Not all pillows are one-size-fits-all. In general, slight people need flatter, smaller pillows while taller people with broad shoulders and heavy heads are better suited to higher and more supportive pillows.

(We matched body types to different types of pillows! Find out which pillow might be the best for you, here.)

3) MATCH YOUR SLEEPING STYLE
Back-, tummy-, or side-sleeping positions may influence the type of pillow height or density you require. Many manufacturers offer pillows specifically designed for each position, but it can come down to personal preference.

This article was first published in Singapore Women's Weekly, January 2016. 

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