For many people, a pillow is just a pillow. It’s there to support the head when sleeping. There are many different pillow types. Some of them can be used to provide support during pregnancy and breastfeeding to help alleviate body pain or even to prevent you from snoring.
Pillows also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The shape can provide different types of support for the body. Take the V-shaped pillow, for instance. Many people know of it but don’t know its purpose.
In this article, we will look at the different benefits of using a V-shaped pillow.
Many pregnant women find it very difficult to sleep. There seems to be no position that can make them comfortable during sleep. This is usually caused by their growing bump and the nausea associated with childbirth.
Pregnant women can use this pillow when they sleep on their left side. Medical experts recommend the left-side sleeping position as it takes the pressure off the liver and promotes better blood circulation. This is beneficial to both mother and baby.
When blood circulation is improved, not only do you sleep better but you feel better in the morning too. Good blood circulation has been linked to more energy, increased levels of oxygen in the body, lower risk of heart attack and lower triglyceride levels.
You don’t have to store away your V-shaped pillow after giving birth. This type of pillow can help you during breastfeeding, or even bottle-feeding. When you hold your baby for feeding, the arm that is supporting the baby’s head can get tired and you may be tempted to continuously change positions and disturb your baby’s feeding.
This can be prevented by using a V-shaped pillow. Simply prop the pillow below your arm for instant support while feeding. This translates to less discomfort for mum (or even dad) and continuous feeding for the baby.
Helps Relieve Heartburn
People who have heartburn know that keeping elevated or sleeping on the left side can help alleviate pain caused by the reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus. However, staying in the same position elevated position can be difficult with a normal pillow.
Using a V-shaped pillow not only keeps you elevated but also puts you in the right position. Since your head is in the centre, the “arms” are positioned on either side of you. If you sleep on the left, the right arm prevents you from rolling over. This means you can stay on the left side all night if needed.
A V-shaped pillow can provide better comfort to the user, especially the neck and shoulders. Regular pillows have a limited ability to support in certain situations.
A regular pillow is just fine for most cases, but if you need extra support, then a V-shaped pillow is the way to go. Shoulder injuries can be very uncomfortable especially when sleeping. Having support where it is needed can help injuries heal faster.
Not all V-shaped pillows are hypoallergenic, so check the label first if you have allergies. Manufacturers use different types of materials to fill their pillows. There are V-shaped pillows that have been specially treated so that allergy sufferers can use them safely.
Using a hypoallergenic pillow can help prevent allergy symptoms. They also prevent dust mites and other allergens from living in your pillow. So, even if you don’t have allergies, a hypoallergenic V-shaped pillow can be a very advantageous choice.
Poor head, neck and spine alignment during sleep can lead to discomfort and injury. When you’re sleeping, these parts of your body need to stay aligned for good posture. If one of them is misaligned, it can cause a stiff neck, headaches and sore shoulders in the morning. While this discomfort does not last long or goes away with medication, prolonged and repeated injury can lead to chronic pain.
All of this can be prevented when you use a V-shaped pillow. The shape of the pillow allows you to position everything correctly so that your head, neck and spine are aligned as you sleep. Even if you shift position and sleep on your side, the sides of the pillow ensure that your neck remains straight so that it stays aligned with the spine, even in this new position. This means less chance of getting a stiff neck or headache when you wake up.
Lastly, a good V-shaped pillow prevents you from snoring. There’s nothing wrong with snoring per se, but it can be annoying for your bedmate. A V-shaped pillow prevents snoring because it provides good elevation so your tongue does not obstruct your airway, causing you to snore.
Snoring not only disturbs sleep for your partner but for you too. The obstructed airway can cause sleep disruption throughout the night. Staying elevated and in position decreases disruptions, leading to better sleep quality.