I blame the fibromyalgia, but it could just be an ageing body, a dodgy mattress and the wrong pillows. Or a combination of all of the above.
Anyway, since getting a mattress topper (thanks Mum), there has been some relief for my back. Now it's time to think about my neck.
It's time to research pillows.
According to Redbook Magazine March 2016, your predominant sleep position will determine which pillow is right for you.
So to test a pillow we've got to lie down with it. Get the bed ready Big W, I'm gonna need an hour or so to work this out ...
Apparently the standard rule of thumb with pillows is that it should hold your neck in a similar position as when you're standing upright.
Unless you wake up with congestion or dry mouth, which means you may need to raise your head a little higher to avoid sleep apnea issues.
If you're a side sleeper then a fluffy pillow is apparently the way to go to help keep your neck parallel to the mattress.
For back sleepers a flatter less supportive pillow is apparently best to stop your chin pitching forward towards your chest.
Stomach sleepers should aim for the thinnest of pillows to stop their necks from overarching.
Huh. That's all interesting stuff, but I might need a different pillow for every night of the week!
When I first get into bed the most comforting position is on my side all cuddled up with a very fluffy pillow and lots of blankets to cuddle up to.
However, if I am willing to forego the "fluffy pillow cuddles" I have found in the past that I get the best quality sleep and the least neck pain when I sleep flat on my back with a chiropractic pillow (the one with the little neck support in it).
Anyway, as I sit here in the pre-dawn with a crick in my neck and pain shooting up and down my Deep Fried spine, it might be time for me to give Mr Fluffy the flick and head back to a more medicinal approach.
Do you wake up with a crick in your neck?
What pillow works best for you?
That's my pillow talk for the day ...
Have a good one!
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