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Is Your Pillow Hurting Your Neck — And Your Sleep?

The kind of pillow you choose and how you sleep on it makes a big difference in how rested you’ll feel when you wake up in the morning.

What causes neck pain at night? Bad habits during the day can cause neck, back and spine pain. Slouching while working, walking or eating is one. Not to mention constantly looking down at your phone or computer can really make your neck ache — a problem that’s been dubbed “text neck” or "tech neck."

The best pillow The rule of thumb for a good pillow is that it should keep your neck parallel to the mattress, rather than bent down or up. A common mistake people make is choosing a pillow that bends your neck forward or to one side. It can feel comfortable at first, but once you fall asleep and your neck isn’t being supported properly, all kinds of neck problems can happen.

Choosing the most neck-friendly pillow Latex or Memory Foam is generally the best material Pillows that adapt to your position are the next best Feather pillows cause the most neck pain Buckwheat pillows are noisy Body pillows and side pillows can be useful for stomach sleepers

Settling on the right pillow

Each pillow has its pros and cons. There isn’t one type of pillow that will satisfy everyone’s needs. but trying to keep your posture in check during the day and choosing a pillow that supports your neck properly at night should help you sleep more soundly — and pain-free.

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