Pillows and blankets: you love them. Who doesn’t? Sleeping is one of the best activities you can do for your body and mind. It refreshes you, helps you heal, and gives you mental clarity and focus. But, most people don’t get enough sleep these days. Even when they do, they don’t always have the most comfortable sleep. If you struggle with sleep problems, one thing that might help is changing out your blankets and pillows.
Choosing a Pillow
You spend a third of your life in bed, if you’re getting 8 hours of sleep a night. Doesn’t it make sense to have a good pillow? Before you rush out and buy the cheapest thing you can find, determine the shape of the back of your head. Straighten up your spine. To do this, don’t arch your back (everyone does that when someone says “straighten up”). Instead, stand with your heels against the wall. Put your butt against the wall. Now, put your back and shoulder blades against the wall. Hold a tennis ball under your chin – hold it against the top of your sternum. Then, put the back of your head against the wall. This is proper posture. If you have problems doing this, always think about lifting your chest into your chin instead of arching your back. That will produce the correct posture and keep your spine straight. Now, about that pillow. Assume the proper posture position but lay on your bed while doing it. Lift your head a little and feel the base of your neck with your fingers. A pillow of medium thickness fits a slightly concave shape of the back of your head. If you get a small pillow that’s soft, it’ll be suitable if you have a flat back to your head. If the back of your head is prominent, you might be best off foregoing the pillow altogether.
The main purpose of a pillow is to support the head and cervical spine.
Choose natural fibre pillows, when you need a pillow that will hold in the heat. Synthetic fibres are lighter, don’t hold heat as well, but are easy to clean – most of them don’t need to be cleaned. Natural fibres can potentially cause allergies and do need to be washed now and then.
Choosing a Blanket
A good blanket can mean the difference between awesome sleep and a restless night. First, make sure that the material of the blanket preserves warmth. Your blanket should be water resistant and air-penetrable. A duvet is a lightweight material that quickly absorbs sweat, but it can also quickly become damp and cause allergies to develop. Some of the most luxurious fillings for duvets include eiderdown. Duck down is a cheaper alternative, as is goose. Wool blankets are probably the best option if you want warmth but also moisture-wicking properties. The resiliency of wool fibres creates support for your back, joints, and muscles. It’s also good for both hot and cold temperatures. On hot nights, the wool will wick away moisture and provide a cooling effect. In the summer, it helps you keep warm by regulating your body temperature. If you can’t afford natural fibres, or you’re allergic to them, opt for a good-quality synthetic fibre blanket. They’re cheaper, hypoallergenic, and still provide decent air circulation. Ruby Richards loves to shop and decorate her home of many years. When she’s not shopping or renovating, she’s writing about it to post a various home improvement websites.