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Getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone.
Sleep helps with learning and memory, maintaining a healthy metabolism and weight, avoiding falls and mistakes, staying in a good mood, improving cardiovascular health and overall physical and mental health. However, an increasing number of Australians aren’t getting adequate sleep.
In 2016, research by the Sleep Health Foundation found that 33-45% of Australian adults feel that they don’t get enough sleep every day.
Some of the most common consequences of inadequate sleep are missed work, falling asleep on the job, making errors at work and decreased work productivity.
Not only can a lack of sleep have serious effects on your own health, it can also impact others around you. The research found that 20% of respondents admitted to having nodded off while driving and five percent had an accident due to falling asleep behind the wheel.
How to Get a Better Sleep
Did you know that when it comes to pillows, a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work? You should actually be looking for a pillow that suits your own personal preferred sleeping position.
Check out our guide below to make choosing the right pillow for your sleeping style an easy process.
What type of a sleeper are you?
1. Stomach Sleepers
This is considered the worst position for sleeping as it can lead to back and neck pain. This is because it’s hard to keep your spine in a neutral position. Your body weight compresses your rib cage and sternum and can affect your breathing. If you can’t change your sleeping style and are most definitely a stomach sleeper, then check out the TEMPUR Ombracio pillow.
The Ombracio’s shape, material and the cover of the pillow have been specially designed for better ventilation and comfort. This pillow is actually made up of shredded TEMPUR material surrounded by a TEMPUR membrane to hold it in place.
2. Side Sleepers or Foetal Sleepers
This is the most common sleeping position and it is one of the best for overall health. This is because your body is well aligned with less pressure on any one organ. Pregnant women are recommended to sleep on their left hand sides to increase blood flow and relieve pressure on the uterus. If you sleep in the foetal position, try the TEMPUR Original pillow.
The design of this pillow follows your body’s natural curve. It supports your head, neck and shoulders to properly align your spine. It provides consistent, all night support without shifting or reshaping.
3. Back Sleepers
Despite being one of the least common sleeping positions, it is actually the healthiest option for most people. Back sleeping allows your head, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position. This means that there’s no extra pressure on those areas, so you’re less likely to experience pain. Sleeping facing the ceiling is also ideal for warding off acid reflux. If you are a back sleeper, give the TEMPUR Millennium Pillow a go.
The Millennium Pillow features a curved edge that is lower in the middle and higher on the sides to provide correct neck alignment. The front edge is also tilted forward to cradle your upper vertebrae for superior comfort and therapeutic support. It can also help to alleviate snoring in back sleepers.
4. Mixed Sleepers
If your sleeping position changes throughout the night, then you should be looking for a pillow that’s going to cover all bases. Choose one like the TEMPUR Symphony Pillow, which has a medium to firm feel.
If you prefer a softer pillow then the Classic will be the one for you.
What to Keep in Mind When Choosing the Right Pillow: It’s important to remember that one pillow is not going to suit everyone exactly.
To find the perfect pillow for your sleeping style and well as your body and neck’s natural curve, it’s best to try the pillow out in a store before making a purchase to find the optimal shape and size just for you.