I used to sleep on a pillow that was so flat that I doubled it to sleep on my left side. It still wasn’t high enough to raise my head for comfort. So, I slipped my right hand under my head to elevate it even more.
Then, my problems began. I developed a stiff neck and neck pain when I woke up. Even worse, pain began to radiate down my right arm and my fingers developed a tingling sensation and numbness. Then, motion of my right arm became limited. I wasn’t even able to lift my arm to comb my hair.
I went to a neurologist. After extensive testing, he found that the nerves were rubbing against the vertebrae in my neck. He also found that the nerves in my elbow was overstretched by folding my arm while sleeping. Fortunately, physical therapy and a better pillow without sleeping on my hand put me on the road to recovery.
So, what’s with the pillow? Clearly, mine failed. It didn’t sufficiently elevate my head and cause me health issues. For that matter, popular pillows on the market don’t help much either. Other than soft, medium, and firm, or standard, full, queen and king, they’re one-size-fits-all. They aren’t adjustable to elevate or lower the height to support the neck for the best sleeping position.
Why does a pillow need to be adjustable? Simply because every human body is different due to weight, gender, age, height, and anatomy. Everyone should have a pillow to match his or her head, neck and shoulder attributes. The pillow needs to provide the proper support in the middle, on the sides, and under the neck. Otherwise, they too are at risk to experience health problems or poor sleep
As I realized first hand, the position of the neck while sleeping is critical because of its complexity. Anatomically, the neck is actually the cervical spine that begins at the base of our skull and connects to the upper back or thoracic spine. In between are a series of seven vertabraes, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons. They all must work together because inside the neck is a spinal cord that sends messages from the brain to control all aspects of the body.
So, if the position of the neck is contorted from its natural curvature while sleeping, neck pain and more can develop. The position of the neck while sleeping also is a major determinative of whether good sleep is attained or not.
In this regard, the pillow should elevate the neck to maintain our spine in proper alignment while sleeping. It’s important that the cervical spine’s natural curvature be maintained while sleeping. Proper neck alignment also will allow for an unobstructed air passage to reduce the tendency for snoring or, even worse, sleep apnea.
Sammi Therapeutic Pillows are fully adjustable. They have internal walls and a series of compartments that hold buckwheat hulls. The neck liner consists of three compartments. Under the head in the middle of the pillow is another compartment. The two sides each have compartments, as well as the area above the head. Each compartment is accessible to raise or lower the height of the buckwheat hulls and is fully adjustable to attain the correct level to support the neck, head and shoulders, whether sleeping on the back or side.