I’ve been doing biohacking for several years. And one of the readers of my articles asked me: what kind of pillow I use and how to choose it? Okay, I’ll tell you.
I prefer orthopedic pillows. Yes, I have several of them. They are great for holding the vertebrae and relaxing the neck. They are soft and very comfortable. Yes, they have an unusual shape, but you quickly get used to it. Here’s one of my pillows in the photo:
You can pick up that pillows for sleep in an online store, but I would recommend an orthopedic salon. They will take your measurements, offer you a specific model to your size, and let you try to lie down (although not all orthopedic salons have this feature).
Note that it is better not to buy a universal pillow, it must fit specifically for you. That is the whole point. If you are biohacker no matter how super cool pillow you did not take, if they do not fit your body and complexion, it will be of little use. There can not be the same pillow for a large man who is 1.9 m tall and a fragile girl who is only 1.5 m tall.
Why are orthopedic pillows better than regular pillows?
A sleeping pillow is no less important health accessory than a mattress. It is these two things that determine the proper position of the body during sleep. In other words, sleeping on a bad, unsuitable pillow (or no pillow at all) is very bad for the back, spine and body in general (because the spine takes an unnatural position for itself).
Many people do not pay attention to the anatomic qualities of the pillow. It is enough that it is soft and comfortable enough to sleep. This is a mistake. As a result, after a while begins to hurt the back, neck, there is a feeling of increased fatigue and irritation.
How to understand that your pillow does not suit you? There are many ways. One of them is if you often toss and turn in your sleep or even wake up to fluff your pillow – this is a sure sign that it does not fit you.
Most of us since childhood are used to sleep on a feather or down pillow with a square shape: the main thing is to have something to put under your head, we usually reason. However, orthopedists and somnologists do not agree that all pillows for adults are equally useful. Most medical professionals and sleep experts recommend choosing an orthopedic (or as it is also called anatomical) pillow for a good rest.
How to distinguish an anatomical pillow from a regular?
Now let’s figure out how to recognize an anatomical, orthopedic pillow among the ordinary ones. Imagine: you go into a large store, and in front of you shelves with large and small, square and rectangular, flat and convex, soft and hard pillows. Even the expert can be confused here!
In order to determine at once where anatomic and traditional pillow, you should pay attention to 2 things:
- What is the pillow made of?
- What shape it is?
Traditional pillows are down / feather, hollofiber, synthetic foam, foam rubber (that is natural and synthetic materials that do not have support). The shape of such a pillow is usually classic – square or rectangular.
At the same time orthopedic pillows look different: they have a semi-curved shape with convex edges.
But beware: sometimes unscrupulous manufacturers are trying to disguise ordinary pillows as anatomic, giving them a bizarre shape. Do not fall for this trick! Inside the anatomic pillow must be a unique material that has an anatomic effect. Also keep in mind that the price of anatomical pillows is usually more expensive than traditional pillows. So they can’t cost as much.
What material should be inside an anatomical pillow?
The most common fillings of anatomical pillows are:
- Anatomical foam with a “shape memory” effect;
- Pillows based on independent latex mini springs;
- Or pillows with a special shaped roller insert, with a unique cooling gel.
The most common anatomical pillow filler is a material with a “shape memory” effect. This is when you slightly press on the pillow, after which it gradually restores its shape. This material even somewhat resembles plasticine when touched, because it is able to remember the shape of your body.
What parameters to look for when choosing an orthopedic pillow?
Now that you can easily distinguish an anatomical pillow from a regular pillow, you have to figure out what shape / height / width / length it should be. The most important thing here is to try the pillows in the store, lie down on several different models, in the position in which you usually fall asleep, and feel the difference.
Useful tip: follow your feelings, and also listen to the advices of a consultant – and the chance to choose the perfect pillow is 99 out of 100!
When choosing an anatomic pillow you should remember that a good pillow supports the head and the cervical spine, helps to relax the whole upper body. In the store keep your head level with your body to keep the natural curves of the spine.
Pay attention to the width of the shoulders, your favorite sleeping position, the softness of the mattress and the pillow material. The wider the shoulders, the higher the pillow is required for a good sleep.
If you like to sleep on your back, you need a lower pillow than if you sleep on your side. If the mattress is soft, the pillow should be lower than when sleeping on a harder surface.
If you are passionate about biohacking then filling and material of the pillow are the most important parameters to pay attention to when choosing a pillow. It is their properties that fully determine the supporting ability of the pillow, as well as the ability to provide the correct position of your spine during sleep.
The form of the pillow is the last thing you should pay attention to. If you sleep on your side, then you will be fine with the pillow rollers of different heights, if on the back then the classic shape.
And an anatomical pillow does not have to be square. Experts-orthopedists say in one voice that the pillow should not go under the shoulders. It can be any shape, as long as it supports the head and cervical area well.
The key rule when choosing a biohacker pillow is comfort and benefit for the neck and spine. Therefore, take your time in choosing: test different models in stores.
But still do not neglect the recommendations of experts. And do not be afraid that you will have to get used to the orthopedic pillow at first (this is normal, because everything unusual and useful body at first may perceive as a bit uncomfortable). But then your joy will have no limits: you will wake up with ease and good mood, leaping out of bed, have increased energy and productivity and fly toward a new day!