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Tuesday, April 21 2020

Pillow check: the perfect pillow



As you lay down, you lie down: this does not only apply to the mattress. The right pillow is also crucial for a good night's sleep. We spend more than a third of our lives in bed. A good pillow is therefore active health care! Which pillow suits whom? "Health!" does the pillow check.

Whether sleepdream pillow , soft, big or small, latex or feather, whether classic or exotic. When it comes to the perfect pillow, opinions differ. No wonder, the offer is huge, there are more than 400 different pillows.

The right pillow: huge range, but how to choose?
But the classic is still the down or feather pillow in the size 80 x 80 cm, knows the TÜV-certified sleep consultant Tanja Dressel-Marquart. The main reason for this is that the standard bedding can be bought in size, she says. From an ergonomic point of view, such models are not recommended, narrower pillows in the size of 40 x 80 or 60 x 80 cm are better.

"A good pillow should be able to support the neck to fill the void that forms between the shoulder and spine. Unfortunately, a bad pillow has the disadvantage that you can easily get problems with the neck muscles, stand up with neck tension and in the worst case gets a herniated disc. "

Tanja Dressel-Marquart, sleep advisor

Pillow choice: The decisive factor is the sleeping position

Our two test subjects Alexandra and Martin try different models. Alexandra is rather petite, usually sleeps on her side and takes a flat pillow in the size 80 x 80 cm. Sometimes she wakes up in the morning with neck tension. What does the sleep advisor say?

"First of all, you always have to look: Is the head straight and is the neck supported? Or is there a cavity between the pillow and neck? Then you have to touch up, then the pillow will not fit well."

Tanja Dressel-Marquart, sleep advisor

That is the case with Alexandra. The expert recommends a narrow but higher pillow. For example, a special side sleeper pillow with a recess for the shoulder is suitable for Alexandra.

If you have problems with your neck, you can try models with a little more support, for example wedge pillows. They are rectangular, slightly higher at the front and then taper. Such a model fits perfectly with Alexandra. The cavity is filled - the neck is supported.

Pillow and side position: straight line from neck to pelvis
In general, the following applies: In the lateral position, the head must be supported so that the spine forms a straight line from the neck to the pelvis. The nose and navel are in line. Only a second person can see whether you are really correct.
Martin lies on a pillow mountain made up of at least two pillows. He is a back sleeper and likes to be cozy. A typical mistake ...

"For us that's actually the worst. The entire upper body lies on the pillow. Then you lie at an angle, the head bends to the chest. And that's exactly what we don't want to see when we speak of ergonomically correct positioning. But that is a very typical location. "

Tanja Dressel-Marquart, sleep advisor

Her tip: All unnecessary pillows out of bed, because you don't need a cuddly partner, but a matching pillow.

In the supine position, neck support pillows are suitable: The raised edges stabilize the neck - the back of the head can sink gently in the middle, i.e. the hollow. The trend is towards soft, height-adjustable models, for example made of latex, which can be individually adjusted.

"It is very important for the neck support pillow: The high side of the pillow must be under the neck. If the chin is exposed, the tip of the nose is pointing towards the ceiling and we have a straight line, if we lie as if we were standing, then we have the perfect ergonomically Location."

Tanja Dressel-Marquart, sleep advisor

Pillow: How hard or soft should it be?
Important with neck support pillows: They must not be too hard and must fit in height, because a neck support pillow does not per se mean that the neck is really optimally supported.

In general, the head must lie in the supine position so that the natural shape of the spine is supported. The head must not bend or stretch.

Pillows: back, side or mixed sleepers?
There are actually no back or side sleepers. Most people are mixed sleepers. A good pillow takes part in the change of position.