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What�s the best pillow shape if you have neck pain?

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If you sleep on your back, look for a pillow with a cervical spine curve, meaning there�s a bit of a roll or bump under your neck and a flatter spot for your head. If you sleep on your side, you need a slightly higher pillow to keep your head in line with your spine, and you may also want a pillow with a bump under your neck to support it. If you sleep on your stomach, consider not having a pillow at all.

From: The Best Pillows for Neck Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Gallup: “One in Four Adults Sought Care for Neck/Back Pain Last Year,” August 2016.

Harvard Health Publishing: “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia: “Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back.”

PeerJ: “Effect of pillow height on the biomechanics of the head-neck complex: investigation of the cranio-cervical pressure and cervical spine alignment."

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge, MA.

American Sleep Association: “Best Pillows.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Gallup: “One in Four Adults Sought Care for Neck/Back Pain Last Year,” August 2016.

Harvard Health Publishing: “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia: “Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back.”

PeerJ: “Effect of pillow height on the biomechanics of the head-neck complex: investigation of the cranio-cervical pressure and cervical spine alignment."

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge, MA.

American Sleep Association: “Best Pillows.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2020

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