Let’s face it. There are a million different kind of pillows out there and you had absolutely no desire to do any research (or even thought about the idea of doing research) before you went out to buy one. You probably bought one that seemed pretty average, but it definitely wasn’t the perfect fit for you. Now both your body and your sanity are taking a beating for it.
Here are the consequences you suffer by sleeping with the wrong type of pillow every night:
1. Your snoring is awful. Although it is best for your spine, most snorers typically sleep on their backs at night. But with too flat of a pillow, your snoring has turned into a huge problem that wakes up both you and your partner. If you want to decrease your snoring and/or save your relationship, you should consider getting a more dense pillow or make sure you have a really comfy couch.
2. You swear you have insomnia. Using any pillow that’s simply uncomfortable for you whether it’s too soft or too firm causes you to have the hardest time falling asleep. And since a sweet spot on an all-around uncomfortable pillow is practically nonexistent, you’re usually up all night. Every. Single. Night. You usually just give up midway through the night and end up sleeping without a pillow at all.
3. You wake up with back pain. Whether you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper and are using a regular, medium pillow, you’re causing your spine to bend out of its natural shape which will eventually cause a lot of pain to your lower back. And instead of continuing to walk around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame for the rest of your life, you’re probably better off just investing in a good pillow that’s specifically made for how you sleep.
4. Neck pain is also a daily occurrence. You chose a soft pillow because you originally imagined your head peacefully resting on a fluffy cloud, but now your neck is killing you because of the lack of support. Dealing with both back and neck pain at the same time has left you looking like a complete zombie lately, and it’s not because you’re tired. You just can’t really move your neck or any other parts of your body.
5. You never sleep through the night. While sleeping on your stomach or side with a feather or down pillow, you’ve probably come close to suffocation a few times. Because it’s too soft for you, once you lay your head down, the stuffing moves away from your head, leaving no space around your nose or mouth! You’re also waking up every few hours to re-fluff your pillow so that you don’t suffocate. Ugh.
6. You've noticed some weight gain. So you think you accidentally shrunk your jeans in the wash because they’re a little more “form-fitting” than they used to be. But because of your sleep deprivation, your metabolism has been working slower than normal, resulting in your, uh, “tight jeans.” Maybe sleeping for a solid 7.5 hours a night is a little more important than you thought.
7. You're nothing but frustrated in the end that you can’t get a good night’s sleep all because something as minor as a pillow. Now your body feels as though you have been sleeping on a concrete floor in the fetal position for about a month, and you’re so delirious that you might actually believe it.