How to find the pillow that suits you.

More and more people are realizing the importance of pillows and are looking for the perfect pillow for them. However, it is surprisingly difficult to match this pillow perfectly. Many people choose based on the curve of their neck, but that alone doesn't suit them well. How can I get the pillow that's right for me?

1. Match it with the curve of the entire spine.

The reason why choosing a pillow based on the curve of your neck doesn't work is because the pillow is related to the curve of your entire spine, not just your neck. The key is to make the curve of your entire spine a little more gentle than when you are standing.

Humans walk bipedally, with their torso and head resting on a pelvis supported by two legs. The cervical and lumbar vertebrae, which were compressed by the weight of the head and chest, are relieved from the pressure by lying down. When you sleep on your back, the curves in your cervical and lumbar vertebrae are usually slightly shallower than when you are standing.

The role of a pillow is to fill the gap between your bedding and your head and neck. At this time, your cervical vertebrae should form a gentle curve that is slightly shallower than when you stand up.

What you need to pay attention to here is how well the mattress sinks. If the bedding is too soft, your back and buttocks will slump in comparison to your head, creating a height difference between your head and body. Even with the same pillow, the height will increase as your body sinks. If you are not satisfied even after changing the pillow, you may need to check if the bedding is sinking.

2. Think about the shape of the pillow and the stuffing.

In recent years, pillows of various shapes have become available. Some are slightly raised around the neck, some are slightly concave in the center and high on the left and right sides, and some are curved, bellows-shaped, or V-shaped. However, it is best to avoid anything with an extreme shape. This is because it is difficult to turn over, or if your position changes during sleep, it may not fit properly.

The variety of fillings has also increased. In the past, the mainstream was buckwheat hulls. In addition, there are pipes, polyester beads, waterfowl feathers, wood chips, stones, wool, camel hair, and low-resilience urethane. If it's too stiff, it can cause tension in your head and neck, which can lead to stiff shoulders. Appropriate cushioning is required.


3. Choose one that does not trap heat or moisture.

What you need to be careful about is the effects of temperature and humidity. The head is an area that produces a lot of heat and sweat. As the old saying goes, ``cold head and feverish feet'', when heat and moisture build up in your pillow, your sleep will be interrupted and it will be difficult to get a deep sleep. Although it is not a problem in the winter when the temperature is low, it becomes a problem in the summer. Don't just choose a material based on its feel and texture; check the moisture absorption and moisture release properties of the material.

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