To correct your sleeping surface you should alter your pillow. The pillow may need to be a different thickness or made from a different filling material. The main function of the pillow is to support the head and neck. The pillow should fill the natural contour of the neck between the head and shoulder girdle. The pillow should hold your head in the same relation to your shoulders and spine as if you were standing with correct upright posture. If you sleep on your side, you may want a fairly firm pillow to give your head and neck extra support. If you sleep on your back, try a medium-firm pillow to cradle your head with more "give." The pillow should not lift the head up to high when lying on the back, or tilt the head to high or low while lying on the sides. The head should be allowed to rest in a dish shaped hollow on an appropriate sized pillow. The pillows contents must accommodate the head rather than force the neck to conform to the shape of pillow. If your pillow filling does not conform to your neck, consider changing the filling to feather or down. If your pillow still does not provide adequate support you may need to add additional support to it. The original McKenzie cervical roll is specifically designed for the purpose of providing additional support to the neck while lying on you back or side.
- No longer feels the way you did when you first bought it
- Shows visible signs of dirt
- Feels lumpy and bumpy
- its over 1 year old
Mattress and more. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2014, from The Better Sleep Council: http://bettersleep.org/mattresses-and-more/pillows/
McKenzie, R. (2006). Treat Your Own Neck. Spinal Publications New Zealand LTD.