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How to Select the Perfect Pillow for a Restful Night’s Sleep

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen, DC

Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Last Updated on June 11, 2024

A restful night’s sleep is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being, and finding the perfect pillow can make a significant difference in achieving that goal. At Happy Family Chiropractic, we recognize the importance of proper sleep and its impact on your daily life. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on choosing the right pillow for a better night’s sleep.

Take Your Sleeping Position into Account

Your preferred sleeping position is crucial when selecting the ideal pillow. Back sleepers generally need a flatter pillow, sometimes a roll pillow is also a better option for back sleepers and is what Dr Derek uses. Side sleepers may require a firmer one to maintain spinal alignment while sleeping. Stomach sleepers, well we recommend you don’t sleep on your stomach but if you have to, look for a thinner pillow to maintain proper neck and spine alignment.

Explore Various Pillow Fills

Pillows come with different fill materials such as feathers, down, foam, and synthetic fibers, each offering varying levels of support, firmness, and durability. Assess your preferences and needs to choose the most suitable fill material.

Assess the Pillow’s Loft

The height, or loft, of a pillow can influence its ability to support your neck and spine. Pillows that are too high or low may lead to discomfort and pain. Find the right loft for your sleeping position and body type.

Prioritize Hypoallergenic Options

For allergy sufferers, opt for pillows made from hypoallergenic materials that resist dust mites, mold, and mildew to minimize irritation and allergens.

Consider Customizable Pillows

Customizable pillows with adjustable loft and firmness are excellent options for those still determining their ideal pillow height and support.

Test the Pillow Before Buying

Always try out a pillow before making a purchase. Spend a few minutes lying down on the pillow to gauge its comfort and support levels.

Match the Pillow Size to Your Mattress

Ensure the pillow size corresponds to your mattress size. For instance, a king-sized pillow may be too large for a twin bed, while a standard pillow might appear small on a king-sized bed.

Opt for Easy-to-Clean Pillows

Pillows can accumulate dirt, sweat, and other debris over time, making them unsanitary. Choose pillows with removable, washable covers or those that can be easily cleaned to maintain hygiene.

Seek Temperature-Regulating Features

If you tend to sleep hot, opt for pillows designed with breathable materials that regulate temperature and prevent overheating or excessive sweating.

Keep Your Budget in Mind

Pillows are available at various price points. While it’s important to find a pillow that fits your needs, also consider your budget when making a decision.

By following these ten tips and taking into account your sleeping position, pillow fill, loft, hypoallergenic materials, adjustability, size, washability, temperature regulation, and budget, you can make a well-informed decision when selecting a pillow. Maintaining good spinal posture is important at all times even when you sleep! At Happy Family Chiropractic, we understand how good sleep can impact your overall health and encourage you to invest in a pillow that caters to your unique needs and preferences.

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Dr. Derek Larsen, DC Chiropractor
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

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