Whether you sleep sprawled like a starfish or curled on your side, your favourite sleeping position might feel natural and intuitive, but it can have a negative impact on your body if you’re not sleeping on the right pillow. If you’re someone who experiences neck pain, back pain or headaches, especially when you wake up, it’s time to take a closer look at that bed for your head.
Side sleeping is the most popular sleeping position. In fact, more than 60 per cent of all adults sleep on their side – whether curled up in the foetal position or with their legs extended. One of the big positives of sleeping on your side is that the position is gentler on your neck than, for example, stomach-sleeping. However, if you don't sleep on a suitable pillow that aligns your neck and spine, side sleeping can lead to sore shoulders. We recommend the medium- or high-profile Comfort Core for side sleepers.
Designed specifically with this in mind, Etienne Home’s At Last pillow comes with two self-adjustable comfort cores, with three levels (low, medium and high) in the one pillow. For side sleepers, the medium or high profile comfort core is recommended, depending on your stature. The most important thing when choosing the right height for side sleepers is to ensure that your pillow is at a height where your neck forms a straight line with the rest of your spine, as this will prevent any soreness across the shoulders.
As the least common style of sleeper, stomach sleepers can run into all kinds of posture issues as a result of their preferred sleeping position. Unfortunately, sleeping on your stomach is one of the worst positions when it comes to exacerbating neck and back issues as the positioning of the neck sideways to the body places heavy pressure upon the neck. However, opting for the low profile Comfort Core in the At Last pillow can eradicate this.
For most people, the best sleeping position to prevent and help to alleviate neck and back issues is lying flat on your back. This position is excellent for keeping your neck and spine in a neutral position. The At Last’s low- or medium-profile Comfort Core is best suited to back sleepers, depending upon individual stature, to ensure the neck is kept in alignment with the rest of the spine.
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