What’s the Classic Signs of an Unsupportive Pillow?

What’s the Classic Signs of an Unsupportive Pillow?

Most quality pillows will only last you three to four years before you need to change. Some of the lesser quality pillows will only remain supportive for a few months.

The problem is that pillows internal supportive material breaks down with use and time. Whether your pillow is feather, foam, memory foam, rubber, latex or any other natural or synthetic product, they all eventually disintegrate with time and use.

If you are consistently having the following trouble, it’s time to change your pillow.

  • Waking during the night or in the morning with a stiff neck, neck pain or headache.
  • Restless or interrupted sleep with difficulty going off to sleep.

Another sure sign is improved sleep when you visit a friend, borrow your partner’s pillow or stay in a hotel.

If any of these sounds like you, it’s time to change your pillow.

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Neck Pain, Stiffness or Headaches? Maybe it’s NOT Your Pillow!

If you’re having a restless sleep or waking with neck pain, stiffness or headaches, your pillow could be the culprit.

A good night’s sleep is dependent on a healthy sleeping position and a good pillow. A quality pillow will support your head in natural alignment with your spine.

Sometimes there is simply no pillow in the world that is best for you.


If you have a neck injury, pain or stiffness, you may not have the available pain-free range of neck motion to have a comfortable, pain-free sleep. The solution on this occasion is to have your neck professionally assessed and treated. Often just one quality treatment of your neck may solve years of sleeping difficulties.

Can An Unsupportive Pillow Cause Neck Headaches?


Yes. Pillows do vary, and the best one for your neck shape and body size will help you prevent neck pain and neck headache. Unfortunately, a non-supportive pillow or one not suited to your neck can predispose you to neck pain or a neck headache. If you suffer neck pain or a problem, it is wise to ask for your physiotherapist’s professional advice regarding what pillow style and size they would recommend for you.

Please ask one of our physiotherapists which pillow is best for you for pillow advice specific to your neck.

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