Have you ever been in a hotel room with a bed that was furnished with six or more pillows of varying firmness and fluffiness? Though they looked very decorative in the room, functionality is the issue. The problem is that I could never find the right combination of pillows to truly have a good night’s sleep. However well intentioned was the hotel, I always found their pillows were either too high or too low, too fluffy or too firm. I felt like Goldilocks, never being able to find a pillow or pillow combination that was just right.
Despite the many pillows that a hotel can provide, none of them provide the right neck support. That’s because, when it comes down to it, they’re all just cloth sacks filled with material, whether they be feathers, polyester fiberfill, or polyurethane nuggets or foam, including so called “memory foam.” None contain an internal structure to provide the correct elevations for the neck and head.
In other words, when sleeping on the back, the neck should be provided firm support that is higher than the head. Measured in fingers, the head should be two fingers high from the mattress while the neck should be four fingers high from the mattress. To do this, a pillow must contain an internal structure to maintain the lower height for the head than for the neck. When sleeping on the side, to compensate for the shoulder mass, the height for both the head and neck must be higher while maintaining the head-to-neck ratio than when sleeping on the back.
Thinking about it another way, the primary purpose of a sleeping pillow should be to elevate the neck to keep the spine in proper alignment while sleeping. Yet virtually every pillow on the market does a poor job at that. Why? A pillow must support the spine, neck and head in a neutral position whether sleeping on the back or side. A firmer, higher level of support is required for the neck to maintain the level of the spine than is required for one’s shoulders and head. Yet sleeping pillows on the market offer only uniform firmness and elevation for the spine, neck and head.
The upshot is that, without maintaining this head-to-neck ratio, we’ll all be prone to experiencing neck pain and headaches in the morning, making us feel irritable or tired. So, avoiding neck pain is vitally important for getting a good night’s sleep and awaking refreshed for the day ahead.
Unlike other pillows, Sammi Therapeutic Pillows do provide the neck support that the body needs. That’s because they do have an internal structure consisting of walls and multiple compartments to hold the material, in this case, buckwheat hulls, in place. Moreover, each compartment not only works in unison with the other compartments, the level of buckwheat hulls in each compartment can be raised or lowered to match the head, neck and shoulder of each sleeper’s personal anatomy. The result is the sleeper achieving a restful sleep without waking up to neck soreness or pain.