People spend 1/3 of life in bed, pillow is a very important tool to keep healthy cervical spine. Not using the proper pillow might cause neck stiffness, dizziness, and fatigue after wake up. As a result, some people don’t even use pillows. But does it help? High pillow or low pillow, it is a tough question.
To answer this question, we need to know what the function of a good pillow is. The basic function of an ideal pillow is to help people have a good rest during the night, alleviate the fatigue of the neck muscles, ligaments.
It requires the pillow to fit closely to the cervical curvature which will be the most comfortable and relaxed posture of the muscles and ligaments of the neck.
Excessively high or low-neck pillow will make the cervical spine in the excessive or tonic posture, so that even in the sleep state, the muscles around the cervical spine is also in a state of intense fatigue, which is why a lot of people still feel tired, dizzy and feel the stiffness in the neck after waking up.
To achieve the requirements above, the pillow needs to have certain shape. Cross-section should be low in the middle; and on the side, it should fit the arc of the cervical curvature. The relatively low part in the middle of the pillow should have the height of the fist. The protruding parts on the side should be equivalent to the width of the shoulder. In this way, when people lie on the pillow, the head will be in the middle of the pillow, you can maintain the physiological curvature of the cervical spine. The neck around the muscle ligament and cervical facet joints in the best relaxation state, so that it can eliminate fatigue and get full rest. Both sides of the protrusion can also place the head and neck to the relatively fixed position on the side.
Second, the pillow filling is also an important factor affecting how comfortable the pillow is. An excessively hard pillow will not be deformed, not comfortable. If the pillow is too soft, in the sleep process, the pillow is not fixed, can’t form an effective support for the head and neck, and can’t achieve the requirements of cervical curvature. Ideal fillers, such as buckwheat hulls or kapok, are light and loose, easy to shape, depending on individual head size and neck length and determine the pillow and height.