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Best Pillows for Neck Support

By May 5, 2020March 16th, 2022Uncategorized

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from my patients is, “What are the best pillows for neck pain?”

I get asked this pillow question so often, I had to make a Udemy course explaining in more detail the ins and outs of choosing the right one. This course is a quick and free you to view, so check it out. Here’s the summary:

  1. It doesn’t matter what the big pillow companies tell you what the best pillow is. What matters is that you are comfortable throughout the night using any pillow that you choose.
  2. Make sure the pillow keeps your head cool at night. One recent study indicated that you need to keep your brain cooled down for better sleep. In my experience, when I get too hot, I don’t sleep well.
  3. Good quality sleep is probably better for your overall health than proper neck support.
  4. But speaking of neck support, while quality of sleep is better it’s BEST to have both quality sleep and neck support. Choose a pillow with some neck support engineered in to it. These pillows consistently did better than a traditional pillow in the most recent studies.
  5. Surprisingly—and this truly surprised me—man-made high-tech materials scored better in sleep studies than natural down-filled or cotton-filled pillows.

I hope these helpful hints will give you some insight into finding your perfect sleep.

Good luck! It’s a personal journey to choose the right pillow for you.

Ryan Todd Lloyd, DC

Dr. Lloyd has been working on Bay Area patients since 2002, and he has been with Rincon Chiropractic since 2014.