Are you not getting enough rest? Do you experience a stiff neck or sciatica pain on a regular basis? These issues could be the result of your sleeping behavior. There are three main considerations when it comes to sleep—your sleep position, the firmness of your mattress, and the pillow that you choose.
There are three major sleep positions and each of them requires a different type of pillow to maximize comfort and reduce the risk of health issues—including stiffness and chronic pain. Each of these positions also has their own pros and cons, so depending on your current health, one position may be better for you than another.
If you tend to lay on your back while sleeping, then your pillow should be able to support the natural curvature of your cervical spine. The pillow should be low, resulting in a naturally comfortable position for your back. Adding a pillow below your knees could help alleviate back pain and is one of the gentlest positions for your spine.
There are a couple of notes about sleeping on your back. If you suffer from sleep apnea or snoring, lying flat on your back can increase the severity of your problem. To relieve this issue, prop your upper body up with an additional pillow.
When laying on your back, look for a firm pillow that supports your neck and shoulders.