A good pillow is one of the best ways to protect and support your neck while you sleep. During the day, most people carry their heads too far in front of their body. This not only puts strain on the muscles and ligaments of the neck, but also reduces (or in some cases reverses) the natural curve in the spine. Overtime, this will increase the rate of degeneration within the spine, and once the spine degenerates, there is no coming back! A pillow that supports the neck in its natural curve will allow the muscles that have become overworked throughout the day to finally rest, as well as traction the vertebrae allowing room for the nerve roots exiting the spine to breath while supporting the natural curvature of the cervical spine. Finding a good pillow can be a daunting task and is actually one of the most asked questions in my practice. For this reason, I decided to list my top three recommended pillows to help narrow your search. I hope you find this useful.
1. Cervical Support Pillow by Core Products
I have to start by saying this pillow is currently the one I use at my home. I really like this pillow for its comfort and their patented D-shaped center provides support for proper alignment of your neck for both back and side sleepers. This pillow is made in the USA. This pillow has a full and midsize option. For most adults, the full size is appropriate. If you consider yourself smaller framed or are buying this for your child, the midsize is a better option.
2. Cervical Pillow by Lunvon
This pillow design is a great option if you know your sleep position. This pillow's foam comforms to the natural curve of your spine which provides great comfort as well as support. Another cool feature of this pillow is its bamboo cover. This pillow is also dust mite resistant, hypoallergenic, and highly breathable for air circulation.
This pillow is very popular among many chiropractors for its contoured design, providing great support of the neck. This pillow is also completely adjustable by allowing you to access the pillow's microfiber filling. Their patent pending design provides a stable foundation for both back and side sleeping.
IMPORTANT: If you are new to a cervical support pillows, it may take time for your body to adjust. I tell my patients to give a pillow at least a week before making a determination on its comfort and effectiveness. These pillows are working to help restore a proper cervical curve during sleep. I compare an orthotic pillow to braces. Correcting the alignment of your spine may not be the most comfortable experience, but this should get better with time.