Did you know that your pillow could be one of the things that are contributing to your headaches and migraines? Keep reading to find out more!
Neck pain as a warning for headache or migraine
The latest research shows that the majority of headaches and migraines are due to a neck-related issue. Therefore, looking after your neck plays a vital role in the process of treating and managing headaches and migraines.
Sleeping on a poor pillow or in awkward positions can cause irritation of your neck joints and increase the risk of headaches or migraines. You may even sometimes wake up with soreness in your neck or restricted movement. If this happens to you, it may be a sign your neck is not getting enough support or is in an awkward position while you’re sleeping.
How can certain sleep disorders affect or cause headaches/migraines?
For conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea, you may be required to sleep with an oxygen mask on, which can influence the position in which you sleep. If you’re sleeping in awkward positions with these types of masks on or without the right amount of neck support, this can increase your chances of getting headaches and migraines.
Other conditions that cause sleep disturbances such as insomnia, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome may also cause you to lay in awkward or uncomfortable positions that could aggravate your neck and increase the risk of headaches and migraines.
Optimising your sleep
Not only is it important to get 8-10 hours of sleep per night, but it’s also important for your neck to be supported and comfortable during this time!
- Step 1 is to ensure that your pillow is the correct height for you and doesn’t cause your neck to be elevated too high or drop down too low.
- Step 2 is to ensure that there is no gap between your neck and the pillow. If there is a gap, then this lack of support is likely going to aggravate your neck during your sleep.
One of the key pieces of advice to remember for optimising your sleep is: to avoid tummy sleeping! When you sleep on your stomach, your head will be turned to the side for extended periods of time which can aggravate your neck joints.
How BHMC’s pillows can help
If you’ve been searching for the best pillow for neck pain or the best pillow for headaches or migraines, look no further!
At BHMC we know that there is no one size fits all which is why our highly adaptable contoured pillows can be changed to suit you and your needs, possibly making them the best pillow for neck pain and headaches in Australia!
These pillows are designed with contours to support the shape of your neck and shoulders. There is a smaller and bigger contour making it adaptable for those with different shoulder widths. They are also fitted with inserts that can be added or removed to suit your needs.
These adaptable features are one of the key reasons why these can be the best pillows for migraine sufferers. And our highly trained clinicians can work with you to help adjust these pillows to ensure you’re getting the right amount of head and neck support.
When should I see a headache/migraine expert?
Finding a good pillow is just one of the steps to living a headache and migraine-free life. There may be multiple factors contributing to the symptoms.
If you have been suffering from headaches and migraines for a long time, if you have been waking up with headaches or migraines, or if you’ve experimented with many different pillows without any resolution, you may benefit from seeing one of our headache or migraine expert. Our experienced clinicians can work with you to find and treat the root cause of your headaches and migraines and find the best pillow for your headaches and migraines!
Call us on 1800 43 23 22 to find out the root cause of your headaches and migraines today!