What are the healthy sleeping trends to help menopause in 2018? A question that has been floating around lately is “Should I sleep with or without a pillow?”Most of us have slept with a pillow our entire lives. In fact, some of us prefer sleeping with a mountain of pillows on our bed. There’s no arguing that pillows are soft, fluffy and extremely comfortable. But did you know that they could be doing more harm than good? While some people naturally prefer to sleep with their bodies completely flat, others haven’t made that transition yet. This article will discuss what are the benefits of sleeping with or without a pillow and what we sleep on may effect menopausal women? What are the healthy sleeping trends we take for granted?
Why sleeping with a pillow can be good
Before we get into the pros of sleeping with a silk pillowcase covered pillow, let’s talk about some of the benefits of sleeping with a pillow. The first benefit is obvious: comfort. It’s hard to deny that pillow are plush and pleasant. Sleeping with a pillow at night can also help those with back problems or those who sleep in a specific position. For example, those who are side sleepers may find it more agreeable to sleep with a pillow between their legs. However, if you have back pain while you sleep, sleeping with a pillow could be the cause! Here are a few reasons why you should ditch the pillow and sleep flat on your mattress.
Benefits of sleeping without a pillow – Pillows can cause restricted airflow
For those who sleep on their backs at night, sleeping with a pillow can restrict airflow. Back sleepers sleep with their head facing the ceiling. When a pillow is propped up under their heads, it causes their head to tilt downward. When their heads are tilted to where their chin is pressed into their neck, it will be harder for air to flow freely through their respiratory system. This can lead to shallow night breathing, choking, and even a restless sleep.
No muscle restriction
Sleeping with a pillow can cause muscle restriction, problems with spinal alignment and chronic back pain. Whether your satin sleepwear is too tight or not, your muscles can be restricted. When you sleep on a soft pillow, your neck muscles are strained, trying to find the right level of support for your head. If your pillow(s) are particularly thick, your spine can become deformed and you can experience intense pain in your back. No matter how comfortable you may feel headed to bed in the altogether or your favourite PJ’s or nightie, you’re likely to wake up sore in this situation from your pillow. Excessive muscle restriction and pain can lead to chronic problems.
Your body can find a natural position
When you don’t put excessive cushions underneath your head at night, your body can find the most natural and comfortable position to sleep in. Our bodies are meant to lay flat without the need for extra support. However, so many of us have become accustomed to heading to bed with a pillow tucked under our arm. We don’t even know what we’re missing! Sleeping without a pillow in some circumstances can eliminate back pain naturally.
Your skin can breathe
Pillows and unclean pillowcases are a leading cause of skin irritation. When we sleep at night, the natural oils of our skin rub off onto our cotton pillowcase. For those of us with acne-prone skin, this means that our pores can get clogged while we sleep. Who wants more more pesky whiteheads and blackheads. Even if you aren’t susceptible to acne, sleeping with a cotton pillowcase doesn’t allow your skin to breathe. The pillow will chafe against your skin and cause irritation, fine lines and wrinkles.
Overnight is when your body works overtime to revitalise and replenish – especially your skin. It is also the time when all that bedtime skin preparation surrounding night creams and magical healing potions are going to do their job. So why not be as concerned about the material which you are resting your face on.
Silk contains natural protein, cellular albumin, as well as 18 essential amino acids. Together, these speed up the metabolism of cells and increase cellular turnover. Studies have shown that amino acids can counter the effects of ageing, especially in the facial skin and can help calm the nervous system. Unlike cotton, which is an absorbent fibre and draws moisture, silk will not absorb natural moisture from your face and hair or those expensive beauty creams while you sleep. Silk also provides a smoother surface to rest upon and don’t pull or crease your skin while you sleep.
Did you know that cotton pillowcases can attract and harbor dust? This is because dust mites are attracted to our dead skin cells- gross, we know. They are attracted to areas where there are large amounts of dead skin cells- our bedding. This problem is exacerbated because very few people wash their bedding or pillow as often as they should.
Pure silk is a naturally mildew resistant and won’t collect dust mites. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, making it a must for asthma patients and allergy sufferers, especially those with eczema, or sensitive, dry or itchy skin.
Menopausal women will benefit by sleeping on a silk pillowcase.
For women going through menopause there’s nothing more familiar that the sudden feeling of a hot flush, that starts in your toes and works its way to your head. Silk doesn’t conduct heat or static electricity. So you can always have a cool place to rest your face on.
The majority of people have a slight issue with slouching. While we should hold our bodies up nice and straight, our spines often end up curving if we aren’t diligent. Our poor posture comes with us to bed and sleeping with our heads propped up on a pillow at night doesn’t help. By sleeping with your head on the same level as the rest of your body- i.e. not propped up- your posture can improve. This happens because your neck and shoulder muscles strengthen on their own.