You might’ve heard the phrase, “The best advice is found on the pillow.”, or “Consult with your pillow.”
Those phrases or ones like it generally are recommending that if you’ve got some decision-making to do, it’s best to rest up on your sleeping pillow.
But the contrarian in you asks reflexively, “Do I… do I need to sleep on a pillow?”
As a company in the business of selling sleeping pillows, our first response would be, “Yes, absolutely!” But as much as we are in the business of pillow-selling, we’re more into the business of helping you make an informed decision. So, let’s get into the potential drawbacks and benefits of using or not using a sleeping pillow.
SLEEPING WITHOUT A PILLOW - BENEFITS
A sleeping pillow is not a prerequisite for a good night’s sleep. We’ve gotten a good night’s sleep without one, and we bet you have too.
Primarily, a good sleeping pillow helps your spine have a good neutral alignment. When your spine is aligned during sleep, it supports good posture and helps you avoid neck pain in the morning. As spine alignment is the principal goal here, a sleeping pillow may or not play a role in achieving it.
Among all the sleeping positions—stomach, side and back—stomach sleepers may benefit with no pillow. When you sleep on your stomach, it puts your spine in a curved, U-shaped position, and adding an elevated sleeping pillow to rest on just makes it that much more curvy. So theoretically, it’ll help you alleviate any additional pressure on your spine.