Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 24, 2011

For The Best Sleep You Have Ever Had Use A Wedge Pillow by Santa Barbara Chiropractor

The correct way to sleep use a wedge pillow for side sleeping and no pillow for back sleeping and use a firm mattress by Santa Barbara chiropractor. Designed by chiropractors, our Sleep System combines a specially designed mattress with an adjustable pillow to put your whole body into the most natural and comfortable sleeping position it can have.

How does It Work?

Most sleep specialists agree that your body needs to be in a neutral position to sleep comfortably. This is absolutely correct. Most of them think that this means that your head must be level when sleeping on your side. This is absolutely false. Until now nobody has figured out exactly what it means to be in a neutral position when you sleep. As a result of incorrectly applying this data we see all kinds of funny shaped pillows and form fitting memory foam mattresses on the market now.

To see what it means to sleep in a neutral position we have to figure out what neutral is when laying down on your side. It is NOT the same as when you are standing up. Look at the pictures above. In the first, we see that the head and spine are straight in the neutral position. In the second picture imagine the wall is the bed. Center of the head is further from the wall than the center of the lower back. This is the neutral position for the head when standing up against the wall because of the shoulders being broader than the hips. Santa Barbara chiropractor  which is simply the one above turned on its side, you will get an idea of how far away from the bed the head needs to be in order to remain in this neutral position. This is above level.

This is the correct height for your head if you are sleeping on a surface this firm. You can now understand why pillows which get your head level are not getting it neutral. Level is still leaving it way too low. You can also see from this picture that the pillow should be wedge shaped in order to accommodate the angle from the lower back to the top of the head. Obviously then your body position for sleeping depends on the firmness of your mattress and also involves your pillow height.

Do you think that everyone’s neutral position is going to be the same height from the bed? It is not. Do you think that your head would need to be at a different height for different sleeping surfaces, like a firm mattress vs. a medium mattress? Yes, it would by Santa Barbara chiropractor. In fact, if your mattress is not firm enough then you can’t get your head to stay at the correct height so this sleep system will not work for you.

Correct body positioning starts with your mattress and ends with your pillow.

For those who prefer sleeping on their back a firm mattress is still necessary. Instead of a pillow, you can get the head and neck into the neutral position by using a towel folded up. Fold it so that there are five layers under your neck and three layers under your head. When laying on it, you most likely will not feel the part pushing up into your neck and this is fine.


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