Do we really need a pillow?
The origin of the pillow dates all the way back to 7000 BC.
People would lay their head on a stone to prevent insects and bugs from crawling in their mouth, nose, and ears at night. 🐜
Since this is no longer a problem for us, is a pillow something we really need? 🤔
When not to use a pillow
For babies and children under three, sleeping without a pillow is the safest option. 👶
This reduces the risk of choking and deformation of the head and neck.
A soft pillow can be dangerous for babies who can’t turn over by themselves.
You should always supervise babies or small children when using a maternity pillow. 🍼
The Silentnight V Pillow is affordable as well as fantastic quality!
Is sleeping without a pillow uncomfortable?
But what about the rest of us? Should adults forego their beloved pillow?
Persistent pillow-sleepers will argue that sleeping without a pillow will cause a stiff neck.
But this isn't necessarily true! 😲
When you sleep without a pillow, your body will seek a naturally comfortable position.
Your body will adjust to the lack of a pillow, preventing you from waking up in pain. 🥰
In fact, you’ll likely experience more neck pain from sleeping with a pillow that is not adapted to your body.
So, is sleeping without a pillow bad?
Sleeping with the wrong pillow
You should avoid sleeping with a pillow that's too high or low, or too firm 🧱 or soft. 🧸
A cheap pillow may cause you to wake up at night with shoulder or neck pain.
This is because of a misaligned spine and neck, which creates tension.
Without proper support, a bad pillow can do more harm than sleeping without a pillow. 😨
Some people might think: is sleeping without a pillow bad?
but if you’re struggling to find the right pillow to suit your needs, sleeping without one may actually be a better solution.
How many pillows should you sleep with?
Stacking several pillows under your head is also a bad idea. 🧱
This bends your spine in an unnatural position and can cause back and neck pain.
Sleeping with too many pillows can even lead to long-term chronic pain.
If you need to sleep with a pillow, then one supportive pillow should do the job. 🥰
If you’re experiencing discomfort from your pillow being too high, try sleeping without it for a night and see if this feels more comfortable. 🤷
Sleeping without a pillow for neck pain
If you suffer from severe neck or back pain, sleeping without a pillow is not recommended.
In fact, if you have chronic pain, sleeping with a pillow that supports your neck is vitally important.
A pillow which is too thick or thin for your sleep will put tension on your neck muscles and cause pain. 😣
Many manufacturers have contouring pillows and cervical pillows designed to provide you with the best neck support.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, we suggest that you seek medical advice before choosing a pillow. 👩⚕️
We love the Tempur Original Queen pillow for those that need some extra attention for their neck and spine.