Those who have suffered back and neck injuries know that sleeping comfortably can be difficult after an injury. Even sitting in front of a computer too long can cause such injuries, which typically take a long time to heal.
Today’s specially designed body pillows can help you get a comfortable night’s sleep while you are recovering. For some, they provide the right support over a lifetime.
There are many types of Body Pillows and this article is a brief overview of various body pillow designs to help you determine what might be most beneficial for you.
Shoulder and Neck Support Pillows come in many different designs.
Some are standard pillow sizes with extra support along the long sides, with a hollow in the middle for your head. They are available in Memory Foam or standard foam configurations.
Others are simple, straight rolls positioned under your neck, close to the base of the skull, where they serve as acupressure, relieving strain on your neck. Still others are U-shaped so you can position the base of the U under your neck and rest your head against either side. The straight and U-shaped rolls are both versatile for other affected areas and easy to carry when you travel.
Water pillows are standard pillow-size casings filled with water and covered with standard pillowcases. Like their counterpart waterbeds, they provide exactly the firm support needed by your head and shoulders, no matter what size and shape you are. The water pillow conforms to you! Support is distributed properly between your head and neck. Experiment in filling them to achieve the firmness that you desire.
Buckwheat Hull Pillows provide similar support for neck, head, and shoulders, but with tiny buckwheat hulls rather than water. They come in standard sizes so you can use your own pillowcases to cover them. They have hidden zippers so you can add or remove hulls to achieve exactly the firmness you need.
Visco Memory Foam Pillows are hard to beat (except in price) as they contour to your head and neck to promote proper body alignment. Memory foam pillows shape themselves to all types of sleepers, reducing tossing and turning. Temperature sensitive, they dispel body heat to provide a comfortable sleep for each shape.
Smaller rolls are available to place anywhere you need additional support, such as under your knees or under your neck as you sleep on your side. They can also be stored easily and used for power-napping at the office.
Sleeping Body Pillows are long and narrow to provide support for shoulders, knees, hips, and back. By providing a soft but firm surface for resting your arm and leg across the pillow, they promote better shoulder, hip, and spine alignment. This serves to improve circulation and reduce stress on the spine and lower back by distributing weight across a broader surface and relieving compression on the lower parts of your body as you sleep on one side. Best of all, they are single pillows rather than several pillows placed and replaced at key sore spots as you change positions during the night.
Maternity Pillows place the greatest support under that growing belly. As pregnant women know, sleeping on your right side is recommended but difficult, after only a few months, without proper support. Sleeping soundly is hardest toward the end, but that’s when you need the best sleep to be prepared for birth and the demands of a new baby. Maternity Pillows maintain proper circulation by supporting key places as you sleep.
Visco Memory Foam Mattress Toppers cover the entire bed, providing broad-based support that contours to the body, relieving pressure points to improve the comfort from your existing mattress. A fraction of the cost of an entire mattress, Memory Foam Mattress Toppers can improve all types of guest beds, sleepers, and RV/Camping mattresses.
Comfort Reading Pillows are large squares, sewn in two segments to provide extra support for your lower back. They are specially designed to support your back while sitting upright and leaning back for reading, listening to music, or watching TV.
Here are some general recommendations for purchasing body pillows:
- Choose products composed of hyperallergenic fiberfill or buckwheat hulls rather than materials that may cause allergic reactions.
- Choose designs with removable covers for laundering.
- In warm climates, choose Visco Memory Foam over other synthetic materials that allow heat to accumulate, reducing sleeping comfort. Memory Foam Pillows maintain a constant temperature.