Better sleep with body pillowWhether you sleep on your back, side or stomach, you can make use of these 3 ways a body pillow can improve your sleep.

Body pillows are long, thick pillows that are used along the side of the body.  Many people embrace body pillows in their sleep while others tuck them behind their back for support.

Body pillows have many advantages over regular pillows when it comes to sleeping. They tend to mold better to your body so that you can maintain a certain sleep position for longer periods of time.  They are relatively inexpensive and last a long time, holding their shape and molding to your body.  Let’s look at 3 ways a body pillow can improve your sleep:

1. Prevention of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common problem in which you snore during sleep and have episodes in which you stop sleeping for a short period of time.

Sleep apnea can cause you to have low oxygen levels in your sleep, high blood pressure and poor sleep.  You end up waking up many times during the night in order to catch your breath but don’t usually remember having done so.

A body pillow can keep you sleeping on your side, which reduces the incidence of sleeping on your back.  Back sleeping is the sleep position most associated with snoring and sleep apnea.  By hugging a body pillow or putting one behind your back, you can keep a side sleeping position so that you suffer less from sleep apnea and the complications of the condition.


2. Body Pillow for Your Back Pain

Back pain can come from a lack of support of the back during sleep.  For example, if you sleep on your side, you are constantly tensing up the back in order to maintain a side sleeping position.  This tension leads to chronic back spasm and pain in the back when you first awaken.

A body pillow placed in the small of the back or hugged while lying on your side keeps the back from doing all the work in keeping you on your side while sleeping.

Instead of using your back muscles to keep you on your side, the body pillow takes over, supporting your body without tensing your muscles.  This prevents muscle spasm in the back so that you can rest more comfortably and awaken without back pain.


3. The Prevention of Neck Pain

Neck pain can occur when the pillow is too thick or too thin so that you sleep with your neck tilted.

When the neck is tilted, you put tension on the sternocleidomastoid muscles and trapezius muscles of the neck and shoulders.  These stiffen up so that you wake up with a “crick” in your neck and muscle spasm in the above muscles.

With a body pillow, you can place your neck in such a way as to reduce the twisting of the neck that happens when you don’t have your neck in alignment with the rest of the body. A body pillow can protect your neck so that you won’t awaken with a stiff neck in the morning.

These 3 ways a body pillow can improve your sleep involve getting a comfortable body pillow and finding ways to use it to the advantage of your body.