Sleeping should be simple, right? I mean, babies do it with no effort at all. But it’s not as simple as you might think.
Whether you get too much or too little sleep, it can lead to many health issues, from diabetes to dementia, from heart disease to obesity. The position you sleep in can cause heartburn and snoring.
You’ve probably been advised that pillows support your spine and neck. This propaganda is persuasive: pillows can provide orthopedic benefits. Pillow companies and companies that market foot orthotics want to convince you that your body is simply not resilient on its own, and that it requires external support on a constant basis.
This could be a myth! Not everyone’s feet need orthotics, and your neck and head may not require pillows. Don’t just toss your pillow off the bed, though. Follow these specific steps below. They will allow you to properly and successfully transition to a night’s sleep that is pillow free.
Is it a Good Choice to Sleep without a Pillow?
For the short answer, yes. Sleeping without a pillow will save money and, incredibly lead to less pain in your shoulders, back and neck! You get more quality sleep, too.
Remember when you were just a kid? You could simply fall asleep wherever you were, even without a pillow. Your body was more adaptable and resilient when you were younger. But even with age, your body, including your neck and head, can rest comfortably without a pillow.
You probably hear constantly about aches and pains today, in ads as well as in professional advice. The blame is usually placed on lack of support while resting. But our bedding is the most supportive it’s ever been. You’re conditioned to believe you need a pillow to have sound sleep, so if you wake up sore, you look for “better” pillows.
However, Michael Tetley has researched natural sleeping positions and discovered that forest dwellers and nomadic people slept with a more natural posture – and no pillow. And they had fewer skeletal and muscular problems than we do today.
Sleeping Without a Pillow: How it Benefits your Health
- It Improves the Quality of your Sleep
People who sleep on unsuitable pillows wake up more frequently and get sleep that is of poor quality. If you get rid of your pillow, your body will rest more naturally, and your sleep quality may improve.
- It’s Good for the Health of your Spine
When you sleep with no pillow, you allow your back to rest in a position that is more natural. Sleeping on thick pillows displaces portions of your spine and can result in back pain. Letting your back rest in its own natural curve may be the best choice to aid spinal health. If you have headaches all the time, get rid of that pillow!
- It Prevents Neck Pain
While most treatments for shoulder and neck pain include heating pads and stretching, if you sleep without a pillow, it will keep that shoulder and neck pain from ever occurring.
- It Helps with Better Facial Features
Snuggling into a pillow may contribute to the formation of wrinkles, and lead to other issues of the skin. If you sleep with no pillow, it reduces how much you scrunch your face, which aids in the prevention of wrinkles and other undesired facial features.
Sleep without a Pillow – Step by Step
So, are you ready to pitch that pillow? Hang onto it for just a little longer, before you give it to your dog. If you want to see how well pillow-less sleeping works, you need to make the switch slowly.
Your body is by nature somewhat resilient, but it needs time to adapt to sleeping with no pillow. Here are the steps you can take, to help you toss your pillow.
- For the first several weeks, use a rolled up towel for your pillow. Start by folding it at the height of your old pillow. Unfold the towel gradually to reduce the height.
- Do stretching exercises. As you are decreasing the height of the towel, work on shoulder and neck stretches. You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel!
- Continue reducing your towel height until lying flat is comfortable for you.
- Be sure you keep the neck aligned as your towel is being reduced. If you lie on your back, don’t point your chin straight up toward the ceiling.
You can also use a small, folded hand towel as a pillow. Experiment, and use whatever works for you.