5 Little-Known Benefits of Sleeping With Pillow

You’ve spent hundreds or thousands of dollars treating your high blood pressure.

Do you know you could avoid that astronomical cost if you spent just a few dollars buying the right pillow?

Yes, it’s true.

It all starts with sleep apnea. Half of those affected by sleep apnea have hypertension/ high blood pressure. Yet a simple way to manage sleep apnea – and eventually prevent hypertension – is getting the right sleeping posture, which only requires a pillow.

And that’s only one of the benefit of sleeping with pillow…

Pillows help your whole body – not just your neck

Your neck is literally an extension of your spine. Therefore, proper neck support using a pillow benefits your entire torso.

So, how do you get the correct neck support?

Imagine walking around all day with your head tilted to one side. That’s the same thing as sleeping with poor neck alignment. Instead, a good pillow supports the natural curve of your neck and spine, giving you a similar alignment as a proper standing posture.

And remember, even a good pillow can go bad – replace it every year or so.

Sleeping therapy for pregnant women

You’re pregnant… Yaaay! But you’re constantly experiencing heartburn… Oh, no! To deal with this, simply elevate your head on pillows while sleeping… Yaaay, again!

If you want even greater benefits, get those special “pregnancy” pillows and mattresses.

Good sleeping posture, supported by pillows, also improves your kidney function and gives your delicate fetus maximum blood flow.

Sleeping on your left side, place one pillow between your knees and another under your abdomen. This is sure to lull you to sleep. Enhance this comfort by placing another pillow behind your back. However, make sure to consult your doctor about sleeping positions, to get even more customized instructions.

Relieve sleep disturbance in arthritis

If you’re among the 10.2 million U.S. adults with arthritis, you likely have a hard time sleeping.

Fortunately, a pillow is all you need.

Get a pillow that’s wide enough to support the distance between your shoulders and neck, preferably one you can shape and reshape to fit your form in a supportive way. When sleeping on your side, it should be tall enough to fill the space between your ear and the mattress.

Sweet dreams.

A cooling pillow gives you the right sleeping temperature

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The ideal temperature for sleep ranges between 60°F (15.6°C) and 67°F (19.4°C).

Cooler temperatures will wake you up in your sleep. But you can deal with that using proper linen and blankets.

On the other hand, warmer temperatures prevent you from sleeping in the first place. Fortunately, when it’s time to sleep, your body utilizes a natural mechanism to release heat through your hands, feet and face.

But we all know nature isn’t perfect.

That’s where cooling pillows come in, especially during heat waves when your body’s natural cooling system isn’t enough. Actually, cooling pillows work with your body’s natural cooling system by helping release excessive heat through your face.

Benefits vary based on your sleeping posture

“I’ve never experienced any of these benefits of sleeping with pillow, yet I’ve always used it my entire life.”

Well, it’s most probably because you don’t have the right pillow or you aren’t using it correctly, in the appropriate sleeping posture. Follow these guidelines from the Health Encyclopedia of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and you’ll get the benefits you desire:

  1. Sleeping on your back

Place a small pillow under the back of your knees and another under your head.

Benefit – The pillows support the natural curve of your lower back, neck and shoulders; hence, reducing stress on your spine.

  1. Sleeping on your stomach

Place a flat pillow under your stomach and pelvis area.

Benefit – The pillow keeps your spine in proper alignment, preventing stress on your back.

  1. Sleeping on your side

Pull your knees up slightly toward your chest and place a firm pillow between them. Place another pillow that fits in the space between your head and mattress, plus a rolled towel or small pillow under your waist.

Benefit – The pillow between your knees reduces stress on your hips and lower back by preventing your upper leg from pulling your spine out of alignment. The head and waist pillows keep your spine straight.

Considering that we spend about one third of our lives lying in bed, the benefits of sleeping with pillow are virtually limitless.

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