Sleep is a necessity, but sometimes we don’t always feel satisfied when our alarm clocks go off in the AM. Tossing and turning or letting stress get the best of us can lead to a less than ideal night of “sleep.” Maybe you wake up sore or stiff, either by your super firm mattress or your inability to stay on your side the whole night, waking up with your arm crushed and your neck in an awkward (and slightly embarrassing) position. This, my friend, is where the body pillow comes in. Our organic body pillows are made for side sleepers who are looking for some extra comfort. Here are five ways the body pillow can seriously upgrade your sleep experience and get you into a much-needed healthy routine.
1. Pressure Point Relief
It’s easy to aggravate your pressure points when your mattress is too firm. Your hips are sensitive and when they don’t feel properly supported, this can lead to discomfort and pain. Your body responds by shifting your sleeping position, most likely so that you’re now partially on your stomach or twisted in the arrow position. The result? Improper spinal alignment and excess pressure on your arm since it’s probably squished underneath your pillow and feeling a little bit numb when you wake up. This is especially an issue for people with wide shoulders since they’re more likely to twist and lean their shoulders forward, even folding their pillow in half in order to try to get more height and support.
The body pillow takes care of this for you with its elongated and full shape. By placing the pillow along your body and in between your knees, you have something that will keep you aligned instead of falling into an uncomfortable position. The body pillow takes pressure off of your hips and therefore helps your body relax.
2. Lessens Tossing and Turning
No one wants to have a full-on workout while they’re trying to fall asleep and that’s exactly what tossing and turning can feel like. When your body feels uncomfortable, it becomes restless, trying to find a proper sleeping position. When you’re holding onto something supportive though, you have less of a tendency to move. It’s a comfy, cozy miracle.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Why can’t I just hold onto my partner? Unlike a body pillow, your partner produces body heat which will in fact make it more difficult for you to fall asleep. Your partner’s movement may also disrupt your sleep. So, while your partner may be cute and cuddly, they need to move over for the body pillow.
By incorporating the body pillow into your nightly routine, you’ll train your brain and body to view the pillow as a symbol of relaxation and comfort. Just like brushing your teeth and washing your face signal that it’s time to wind down for the evening, the body pillow will encourage and promote a restful sleep. A nightly routine is critical when trying to lessen tossing and turning.