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What’s the cervical spine, and how does a memory foam pillow support it?

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The best way to sleep is in a position that supports the natural curve of your cervical spine. Your cervical spine is made up of the first seven bones that make up your neck.

The support that a memory foam pillow gives you helps you sleep in this best position for your spine. It will adjust to your individual shape while you sleep on it but will spring back when you get up and not sag.

To help you sleep in your most comfortable position, memory foam pillows come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These range from the traditional puffy rectangle to a curved orthopedic model that’s designed for back and side sleepers.

SOURCES:

The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine : "Improving the Quality of Sleep With an Optimal Pillow: a Randomized, Comparative Study."

National Sleep Foundation: "What is Memory Foam?" "Choosing a Mattress: Everything You Need to Know," "Best Online Mattress."

The Journal of Physical Therapy Science : "Development and Comparative Evaluation of New Shapes of Pillows."

Cedars-Sinai: "Cervical Spine."

Cleveland Clinic: "Back, Side or Stomach: Which Sleep Position Is Best for You?"

Harvard Medical School: "Say 'Good Night' To Neck Pain."

NBC News: "Sleep on This: Consumer Reports Rates the Best Pillows for Better Sleep."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on April 23, 2020

SOURCES:

The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine : "Improving the Quality of Sleep With an Optimal Pillow: a Randomized, Comparative Study."

National Sleep Foundation: "What is Memory Foam?" "Choosing a Mattress: Everything You Need to Know," "Best Online Mattress."

The Journal of Physical Therapy Science : "Development and Comparative Evaluation of New Shapes of Pillows."

Cedars-Sinai: "Cervical Spine."

Cleveland Clinic: "Back, Side or Stomach: Which Sleep Position Is Best for You?"

Harvard Medical School: "Say 'Good Night' To Neck Pain."

NBC News: "Sleep on This: Consumer Reports Rates the Best Pillows for Better Sleep."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on April 23, 2020

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