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27 Jun 2003 04:11 PDT
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Question ID: 222289
what is the correct height for a pillow so the neck doesn't hurt?
Answered By: emjay-ga on 27 Jun 2003 05:52 PDT
Hi birkett7, Thank you for your question! The General Medical Officer Manual at Virtual Naval Hospital (http://www.vnh.org/GMO/ClinicalSection/55Neckpain.html) emphasizes the importance of selecting the proper pillow. "Proper pillow selection and use are very helpful since large or firm pillows force neck flexion and increase pain," the manual reads. "A soft pillow filling the "hollow" of the neck is beneficial. A pillow pulled into position when turning onto the side may help avoid painful and unprotected lateral neck bending." An article at "Health Common Sense" titled "Sound Sleep and Fresh Life" offers more specific guidelines for pillow thickness: "A good pillow must maintain 6~8cm height when it is pressed by the head. Also, it is recommended to provide the neck and the shoulders with even height. Therefore, the pillow should be put between the neck and shoulders. It should be wider than the span between shoulders, too." (http://litex.biz/m5/m5_07.htm) The most helpful reference for your purposes will likely be the chart found at the Luxurious Isotonic Pillows site (http://www.homeenv.com/Iso_Pillow.asp). It's a commercial site but provides a detailed chart by which to determine your optimal pillow thickness based on your weight and height. The Tempur Pedic Pillow site (http://www.relaxetc.com/tempedpil.html) provides these general pillow selection recommendations for proper body alignment according to height: Pillow Size - - - - Height Small---------- Up to 5'3" or who prefer a thin pillow Medium--------5'4" to 5'11" Large---------- 5'4" to 6' or who prefer a thick pillow Small = 20x12x3 Medium = 20x12x4 Large = 20x12x4.5 I used the following search strings to find your answer: "proper pillow selection" "recommended pillow thickness" "recommended pillow height" All the best! Emjay-ga
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