A survey was completed recently, it was called The Global Burden of Disease survey and it found that lower back pain was the leading cause of disability across the globe. However, it is often not brought on by serious medical conditions but instead by the resulting effect of stress or strain from bad posture. In some cases, it is brought on by awkward sleeping positions and lifestyle habits for example.
You’d be surprised at how much back support pillows or back care pillows can help with back pain.
A poor fit pillow can strain your neck and throw your alignment out. This can then contribute to back pains. However, a good orthopaedic pillow for back pain can conform to your different sleep positions and support a neutral spine.
It is found that people that sleep on their stomach will commonly suffer from bad backs. This is because they are straining their neck as they sleep. However a good quality pillow for back care can really help support you while you sleep. Alternatively, you may want to sleep with a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back and get back pains.
There are certain things you need to consider when shopping for a pillow. You need to choose a pillow that cradles your head and neck, thus helping to support the upper portion of your spine.
If you sleep on your back then you need a larger pillow that completely fills the space between your neck and the mattress underneath. However, if you sleep on your side you may want to try a thicker back care pillow that keeps your head in line with the rest of your body while you sleep on your side.
One thing to always consider when choosing the best pillow to avoid back pain is that you don’t place your pillow under your shoulders as this knocks your spine, neck and head alignment out.
We would highly recommend that you change your pillows every 18 months. Pillow protectors are a good option but the pillow will still hold lots of allergy triggers such as dust mites or mould.
Please see our top recommendations below
Our top pick for Back & Side Sleepers
Putnam Memory Foam Pillow
This pillow is ideal for side and back sleepers and provides freedom from neck and back pain by correcting spinal alignment. It also features an ear recess for side sleeping, rounded soft neck support, a forward-tilting edge, contoured ventilation,, luxury memory foam and is curved for your shoulders.
Our top pick for Front Sleepers
Front Sleeper Pillow
(Face Pillow) A unique pillow for sleeping while lying on your front / stomach. The tailored depth and sloped sides of the pillow reduce neck pain associated with front sleeping whilst still allowing you to breathe.