Whether you’re trying to snag a little shut-eye during a red-eye, or dragging yourself into bed at the end of a hard day’s work, neck support in your sleeping pillow is important to getting the kind of rest you need.
When most people think about pillows, they usually don’t think of it as much more than a cushion for the head. What many people seem to overlook is how important neck support is in a pillow. A properly supported neck means better spinal alignment, comfort, and sleep.
Not all pillows are equal though, and even a pillow one person thinks is great can be a disaster for another. Your sleep position style is what you need to consider when shopping for a new pillow. A foam pillow manufactured with extra loft (height) is often the right choice for individuals who sleep on their sides, as shoulders position the body at a higher elevation, meaning the head and neck need more substantial support to maintain alignment with the spine. For individuals who sleep better on their backs, pillows with less loft are a smarter choice, as the body maintains a lower profile in that position and the pillow contours to the head and neck without forcing the head upward at an uncomfortable angle.
Travel presents its own batch of issues, the greatest of which are the tight spaces and difficulty we always have finding a comfy position. When sitting upright on trains and planes, keeping the head from rolling forward and to the sides is key. This makes a shredded memory foam pillow one of the best options for travel. Cut into the traditional travel U-shape, it supports the head on all sides, keeping the neck straight while being compressible and easy to fit into a suitcase and luggage. Supporting the neck is incredibly important for getting comfortable, restful sleep, and going with the right pillow can make all the difference in the world.