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Can A Bad Pillow Cause Headaches?

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One thing is for sure if my head hurts, there is a reason for it. Something is causing it. Most of the time it is assumed to be generated from stress, a three-year-old blasting a loud high pitched squeal every three minutes can be the culprit. We will look at some common and often overlooked reasons for headaches, especially recurring pain in the mornings. 

The first indication that your pillow could be causing problems would be waking in the morning with headaches. If that is the case, I suggest getting another pillow and see if it will make a difference. You will want to have an understanding of how a little stuffing could cause physical pain, and what will need to be different about the new pillow that you choose. So, I am going to "fluff-up" some ideas you may find interesting. As you may have guessed already, yes, a pillow can make a difference. 

Everybody is different, but with some effort and information, finding the right pillow is possible. If you are not allergic to latex, it can provide excellent support for your head and neck, and it is cooler to sleep on than memory foam. If you are allergic to it, memory foam is the next best choice. Memory foam pillows are usually flat and help keep your head aligned with your neck and spine. The neck needs to remain parallel to the mattress. If a pillow causes pressure points at my head, neck, or shoulders, I will have pain from it, usually in the form of a headache.

How Could A Little Pillow Cause Me Pain?

The purpose of a cushion for our head is to comfort us and allow our bodies to relax quickly and sleep well. I would never expect that cushy little sack of fuzz and fluff to play such a critical role in my rest and well-being, but it could. A side sleeper must pay attention to the thickness of their pillow. If my neck gets tilted too much, the muscles in my neck and shoulders may feel strained and cause me a headache. Everybody is different, but with some effort and information, finding the right pillow is possible. If you are not allergic to latex, it can provide excellent support for your head and neck, and it is cooler to sleep on than memory foam. If you are allergic to it, memory foam is the next best choice. Memory foam pillows are usually flat and help keep your head aligned with your neck and spine. The neck needs to remain parallel to the mattress. If a pillow causes pressure points at my head, neck, or shoulders, I will have pain from it, usually in the form of a headache..

Changing Pillows Can Be A Major Life Event For Some People

I love my pillow like Linus loved his blanket, and like small children love their "woobies" and changing my broken-in sleeping pad is not easy for me. The suggestion is that we change our pillow every three to five months. That is too much for me. I will wash and thoroughly dry my pillow several times before I finally decide that it needs to be changed. One thing you want to keep in mind once you find one that works well for you is where you got it and who made it. I had to store that information in my phone because I kept forgetting. Buying more than one and saving one for later may be a good idea also. If the pillow company makes a pillow that is labeled "firm," and it works for you, all of their other pillows marked the same way will be made the same. I can tell you from personal experience that, over time, cushions change. When you wash them, they change faster. What once was a firm pillow can become something softer than a baby’s bottom, and have less support than the Titanic.

Oversleeping Can Cause Morning Headaches

My Grandma used to say, "Everything in moderation." I had no idea what she meant at the time, but it turns out that she was giving wise advice. The "experts" tell us that adults need six to nine hours of sleep a day. Seratonin levels increase during the day, and melatonin levels increase during the night. Our bodies produce serotonin from our pineal gland, and the serotonin helps produce Melatonin. These substances are natural chemicals that fluctuate as we sleep. If we do not have a regular sleep-wake routine, these fluctuations can get out of sync with our bodies and cause headaches. While we sleep, the blood flows throughout our body increase. If we sleep too long, the highly oxygenated blood builds up in our skull and can cause morning headaches. Make an effort to have a routine of going to sleep and getting up at about the same time every day. Staying on schedule will increase your energy and optimize all of the many functions of your body.

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