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Life Sciences => Physiology & Medicine => Topic started by: latebind on 17/11/2009 15:32:01

Title: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: latebind on 17/11/2009 15:32:01
I was told in school that I should sleep without a pillow as it is good for spine and posture, I was just wondering is this correct?

ADD: the sleeping position is on the back, not sideways or on the stomach.
Title: Re: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: JnA on 17/11/2009 16:20:16
Probably if you just sleep on your back and don't move to your side. Otherwise your head would hang in a awkward position lying on your side and cause some strain.
Title: Re: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: latebind on 17/11/2009 16:24:21
Oh, yes I should clarify that bit, I meant to say "Sleeping on your back"
Title: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: Dimi on 17/11/2009 23:57:36
I find sleeping without a pillow, and myself laying down completely straight to be ultimately relaxing, I wake up very refreshed and I feel very .. just nice :)
Title: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: Dimi on 17/11/2009 23:59:39
I should add straight on my back
Title: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: JnA on 18/11/2009 08:07:39
I suspect you are on a mattress still? Lying flat on your back on a hard (non giving) surface can put some strain on the lower back (depending on how deep the arch is)

Lying in one position for a length of time has it's downside wrt pressure points and circulation.
Title: Re: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: spruce on 10/07/2019 05:24:45
Because no pillow is a pretty serious thing, I'd first suggest starting slowly. Down your pillow size by 20% each week, to eventually go to no pillow at week 5. From week 5 on it's really important to stay hydrated, drink a lot of water. I would also inform your friends, family, and doctor that you are on no pillow, to keep an eye on you.

No pillow really did wonders for me. I got a new job, got new friends, and even got a girlfriend now.
My gains in the gym are insane, everyone asks if I'm on steroids.
Title: Re: Does sleeping without a pillow improve spine and posture?
Post by: InTheEnd on 14/11/2019 11:58:33
I sleep pillowless and subsist on acorns, berries, and shrubs, which I make into a thin gruel. My feet have developed a nice, leathery patina to cushion my feet against the boggy forest floor.

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this might just be paranoia, but I sometimes worry that my pillows are conditioning my neck to jut a little farther forward, messing with my posture. Especially when I use 2 or more.