Memory Foam Pillows: Are they actually good for your neck?

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Do you spend the majority of your day on a computer, in a job like accounting, application development, graphic design, or writing?

Do you drive a vehicle for a living, spending a great deal of time staring at the road ahead? Maybe you are a construction worker, healthcare worker, factory worker, or firefighter?

    These roles cover a large percentage of the population, and they all have something in common:

    They all expose their neck and spine to stress and potential for injury.

    How Do Pillows Help with Pain and Stiffness?

    Your sleep environment is crucial to mitigate pain and stiffness in these areas of your body.

    One element of the sleep environment that can be particularly restorative to neck and spine comfort is a memory foam pillow. 

    Yet not every memory foam pillow is suitable for every sleeper. Your go-to sleep position really dictates the type of pillow which is best suited for your needs. 

    The Memory Foam Contour Pillow: For Side Sleepers

    If you sleep on your side, you can keep your spine straight by using a pillow that’ higher under your neck than your head.

    This is called a “contour pillow.”

    Designed and manufactured specifically to alleviate neck pain and provide support to the necks and backs of stomach and side sleepers, the contour pillow can provide pressure relief and maximum support (without ever getting too firm).

    It’s completely adjustable to meet your sleep requirements. 

    You’ll recognize a contour pillow by its trademark “bulge” along the bottom edge, which is designed to support a sleeper’s neck.

    Cervical Pillows: for Back and Stomach Sleepers

    Sleeping on your back on a contour pillow isn’t as comfortable or as supportive as it is for side sleepers—or one of those rare stomach sleepers.

    If that happens to be your preferred sleep position, you’ll be better suited to a cervical pillow.

    Some cervical pillows are also made with memory foam.

    Avoid using an overly dense or firm pillow that will keep your neck engaged or flexed overnight. This can result in morning pain and stiffness.

    Are memory foam pillows better?

    Memory foam pillows are better at contouring to your specific needs and keeping your spine aligned, which is much better for your neck in the long run.

    Options include a slab of memory foam contoured to your head and neck or shredded memory foam that will adapt to whatever you need it to feel like.

    Is a firm pillow better for neck pain?

    In a word: absolutely.

    You need a pillow that is firm enough to hold your neck straight but conforming enough to cradle your head.

    If you find a traditional memory foam pillow isn’t firm enough for your needs, an optional charcoal mineral layer adds firmness and cooling to your sleep experience. 

    Back sleepers also require a firm pillow that keeps their neck straight with their spine. Stomach sleepers need a thin, soft pillow. However, even with the right pillow, stomach sleepers may still (and often do) experience neck pain because they're moving their head to the side and out of alignment with the spine.

    Are you waking from sleep with an aching neck, pinched nerves, or other feelings of discomfort?

    Purchase a PerfectSense memory foam cervical or contour ergonomic pillow, and you’ll have a more restful sleep, and pain-free mornings. 

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