If you wake up at night, can’t get comfortable, or if you wake up consistently with headaches then you may be having issues with the neck support you are getting from your pillow. If this is the case, then you should try using a cervical pillow at night instead of a traditional pillow. Cervical neck pillows are made to provide support for your neck, supporting the vertebrae and reducing nerve pressure. This in turn potentially can reduce muscle stress and tension and help you sleep better and reduce the headaches you have when you wake up. In addition, a good cervical support pillow can also help to open up closed or obstructed airways that cause snoring.
So what should you look for in a good cervical support pillow? There are a few things that you need to make sure of before you buy:
1) If you have a severe sleeping problem or neck problem then you should first talk with your doctor. They may or may not recommend a neck pillow as a solution, so it’s best to know upfront.
2) Make sure you are comfortable on the pillow. Each pillow maker produces a slightly different pillow, and each person is very different. However, be prepared at first to have it take some time getting used to the neck pillow, as it will be much different than what you are used to. However, after the adjustment period (1-3 nights usually but will vary for each person) most people will never go back to a traditional pillow due to the lack of neck support.
3) Try both the Tri-core cervical pillow and the general orthopedic support pillow before deciding which one is best for you. Both products receive great reviews, so it really is best to try one before so you can decide which one you prefer best.
4) The Cervical Support Pillow cost. These pillows are not cheap, but they are also not that expensive. In fact, you can find some pillows for as little as $35, which is much less than some goose feather pillows and other pillows that don’t offer near the same amount of benefits for relieving neck pain.
5) The materials used to make the pillows. You should be able to find one that is both hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial, which is very important in a pillow that you expect to last for years to come.
6) Be sure the cervical cushion pillow is designed to allow you to sleep either on your back or your side to ensure restful sleep for both side and back sleepers, and those who sleep in a combination of the two (i.e. most people).
Overall, if you consider the above 6 issues before you buy a cervical pillow online or in a retail store then it is highly likely that you will find a great solution to your sleepless nights and/or neck pain.