The Right Pillows and Mattress Topper: The Solution to Night Time Aches and Pains
We all know what it’s like to be kept away with aches and pains at night. Sometimes it’s the result of an epic gym session, or just one of those random muscle strains which comes from nowhere.
But while these aches and pains can be a nuisance, they usually clear up in a day or two.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for those with chronic pain, who experience pain on a daily basis.
This creates a vicious cycle where pain prevent can you from sleeping, and then the lack of sleep makes the pain worse.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to take action and make sure you get a better night’s sleep, one of which is to make sure you have a good pillow and mattress topper.
While you might think that you need an entirely new mattress, this isn’t always the case. A new mattress topper can extend the life of your existing mattress by years.
A topper is a pad which covers the mattress and gives a little extra support. However, you have to ensure that you’re buying a good quality one, and more importantly one that suits you.
One of the most popular options is memory foam. Memory foam responds to your body heat and moulds to the contours of your body, giving a fantastic level of support.
Toppers can range in density, from thinner options a 2.5cm to the chunkier ones at around 5cm.
Another option is a latex topper. Latex topper have small holes distributed across the mattress which help to absorb your body weight.
Latex also won’t move about so much when your partner is tossing and turning, although be wary if you suffer from any allergies which latex might trigger.
The main things to bear in mind when making your decision is the thickness and density, and generally the higher for both the better.
Of course price is also a consideration, so bear in mind that you’ll probably have to pay more for a latex topper over a memory foam one.
When it comes to pillows, you need to ensure that your head, neck and spine are in a neutral (or straight) alignment.
Basically, your head should be at a 90-degree angle, and your face should be pointing straight up toward the ceiling.
If your head is tilted too far forwards or back it will create strain on the neck muscles. For this reason, we recommend you don’t sleep with more than one pillow as it will elevate your head to an unnatural position.
Your sleeping position will also influence what type of pillow is right for you. For example, if you usually sleep on your side, you’ll want a slightly flatter pillow to reduce the space between your neck and the pillow.
Back sleepers on the other hand will require a little bit extra support.
Just like with the mattress toppers, the contents of your pillow are also important. Again, we recommend memory foam for its unparalleled support.
A feather or down pillow might be more comfortable, but it will allow your head to sink too low and won’t give you the support to sort out your pains.
A final option is the contour pillow, (also known as the orthopaedic pillow), which is specifically made to be lower at the back for the head, and higher at the front for the neck.