Pillows vs. Mattresses - Why You Need a Good Pillow to Improve Your Sleep Quality

Have you ever woken up feeling tired and sore—even after a solid 8 hours of sleep?

If so, you’ve probably experienced the dreaded consequences of bad spinal alignment and aren’t enjoying the sleep quality you deserve. The more time you spend sleeping in bad alignment, the more your body suffers from muscle imbalance, pinched nerves, back pain, neck kinks, and more.

These side effects can be negatively impacting your health, but it’s simple to combat with these 3 factors: your sleeping position, mattress, and pillow.

 

It's important to sleep with an aligned spine.

Maintaining proper spinal alignment relieves stress on your joints, improves your posture, promotes blood circulation, and allows you to stay active. Whether it’s firm or soft, a good mattress should provide a balance between support and cushioning to relieve pressure points on your body. However, since everyone comes in a different size, shape, and sleeping position, even a premium mattress isn’t enough to properly align your spine. That’s when an adjustable pillow comes in handy!

 

BAD SPINAL ALIGNMENT ❌: Your neck is curved upward with an overstuffed pillow.
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BAD SPINAL ALIGNMENT ❌: Your neck slopes downward with a pillow that’s too flat.
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GOOD SPINAL ALIGNMENT ✔️: With an adjustable pillow, you can customize your pillow to provide just the right amount of support to maintain good spinal alignment.
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An adjustable pillow compensates for different mattress densities, allowing you to tailor your sleeping experience to fit you perfectly.

Soft mattresses cause your neck to be closer to the bed, which means you need a flatter pillow to keep you aligned. Firmer mattresses increase the distance between your neck and the bed, so you would need a higher pillow to support your alignment. With an adjustable pillow, you can customize its loft and density to complement your mattress and sleeping position for just the right amount of support.

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This animation above illustrates a girl sinking into her soft mattress with an overstuffed pillow, which causes her spine to be misaligned.

 

Your sleep position matters too.

If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll need extra support in your pillow to make sure your neck doesn’t collapse. Meanwhile, stomach sleepers benefit from a thinner pillow because too much foam will cause your head to be unnaturally curved, causing pressure on the back of your neck. Back sleepers should also opt for a thinner pillow to prevent their heads from pushing forward.

Stomach sleepers should avoid sleeping on a pillow with high loft.

 

Don't adjust yourself. Let your pillow adjust to you.

There are many factors that affect your spinal alignment, so it's important to find the tools you need to enjoy better, more comfortable sleep. At Coop, we understand the need for a personalized sleep experience. That’s why all our pillows are adjustable, so you can easily add, remove, and shape the fill to suit your unique sleeping style. We also offer unlimited customization for your fill so you can discover your perfect amount of supportand finally enjoy the restful sleep of your dreams.

 

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