It’s time for some pillow talk. Just how long has it been since you purchased your pillow? And when you did decide to pull the plug, how did you decide it was the one for you? Everyone has their own preference - soft, firm, thick, thin, memory foam, feathers - but there’s more to pillow buying than simply choosing one that feels nice.
A pillow’s purpose
In a nutshell, pillows provide support. The human spine is naturally curved, and your pillow helps to support the neck and upper back when resting, providing optimal comfort. Pillows also help maintain proper alignment of the spine, which reduces the chances of waking up with a stiff neck or back. Sleeping without adequate support can put you at risk for symptoms associated with neck pain like severe headaches, dizziness and fatigue.
There are many signs that point to your pillow as the culprit of your inability to sleep through the night. The image below shows the negative impact of having your pillow too high or too low.
If you’re pillow is too high: this causes the muscles in your neck to stretch and takes the spine out of alignment.
If you’re pillow is too low: this causes the neck muscles to sag into the pillow, leaving your spine curved.
Picking the perfect pillow
In addition to height and feel, you should consider your sleep position when choosing a pillow. Back sleepers should opt for slim pillows which puts the spine in the mid-level position, while side-sleepers generally require a firmer, fuller pillow than back or stomach sleepers because there is more space to fill between one’s head and the bed. When it comes to pillow shopping, people get stuck. Why? Because they don’t get to actually test the pillow properly before bringing it home. Once they’ve tried it for a few nights and realize it’s not for them, chances are, they can’t return it. Enter, The Endy Pillow. Designed with your sleep preference in mind, the Endy pillow easily adjusts to achieve the perfect balance of comfort and support. Make the pillow as firm or soft as you’d like by removing handfuls of shredded bamboo charcoal foam. The machine washable cover is also 100% cotton and filled with hypoallergenic microfiber which means no more waking up in the middle of the night to fluff or flip your pillow. The best part? It comes with a risk-free, 60-night trial so you can sleep easy.