If you’re waking up with headaches or a sore neck, your pillow may not be supporting your spine and neck correctly.
As we sleep in positions that aren’t ideal for our posture, it’s important to have a pillow that’s the right shape, size and density in order to reduce pain and discomfort and to ensure the best quality sleep possible.
It is also essential to change your pillow when it becomes worn to ensure you’re getting enough support. Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) National President, Marcus Dripps recommends doing this every 18 months.
“It’s as important to keep track of how old your pillow is, as it is to buy a good quality pillow that will last. Pillows should be replaced every 18 months to make sure they are providing adequate neck and back support,” says Dripps.
Unfortunately it’s not one-size fits all when it comes to pillows so it may take some trial and error before you find your perfect match. Whether you lay on your back or sleep on your side, a pillow should place your head and neck in a neutral or midline position. To ensure you are buying the correct pillow for your body it’s best to consult your Physio who can provide you with size, style, material and density recommendations specific to your needs.