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What a Pain in the Neck

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One of the most annoying things for me is waking up in the morning with one of those kinks in your neck. You know that debilitating pain in your neck that leaves you with all the dexterity of a robot.

I get that pain all too often. The good news, I think I found a solution. Time to change my pillow.

If you suffer from being constantly tired, have frequent headaches, shoulder and arm numbness, wheezing, snoring and yes, that darn pain in the neck, you also might want to consider changing the type of pillow you use, because all those symptoms can be linked to using the wrong kind of pillow.

The sleeping experts say you should change your pillows every 12 to 18 months, for two very good reasons. They break down and they get very gross over a period of time.

Here’s what they have to say about your sleeping habits:

  • If you sleep on your stomach for instance, you should be using a thin, flat pillow that doesn’t have much stuffing. Bigger pillows tend to make you sleep awkwardly on your neck.
  • If your neck still hurts after making that type of pillow switch, then you might want to think about buying a new bed. Consider a firm mattress with a thin pillow top, so you are able to sleep on your stomach without a pillow.

 

  • If you like to sleep on your back, you should probably be using a soft or medium-firm pillow that fills the space between the bed and your neck. Memory pillows also work well.

 

  • And if you’re a side sleeper, look for an over-stuffed pillow that gives you even more support under your neck. They also prevent you from sleeping with all your weight on one shoulder.

Bottom line, before you go shell out a ton of money on a new mattress, you better make sure your “pain in the neck pillow” isn’t the problem first.

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