Know that you can do more than just having a hand me down dorm mattress. Are you missing decent sleep because you stayed up all hours to study? We all love having a great pillow. There are some easy solutions to help this even when you do stay up too late or don’t sleep as well as you should because of the stress of college bills, grades and all the other stuff that goes with being a student.
What Kind of Sleeper Are You?
Think about how you sleep most of the time. And no, not after a night of party time. Your pillow could be different from your roommate pillow. What is your sleep style? If you sleep on your back, you will want a pillow that is a little more thin than someone who sleeps on their side or stomach.
This is because a poofy pillow pushes your head up and making breathing and your neck alignment different.
If you’re a side sleeper, you will need a more squishy pillow than someone who is a back sleeper. The reasons are somewhat the same as for getting a thin pillow if you sleep mostly on your back. Your neck needs to be aligned and it needs to be easy for you to breathe. Funny how all of this might have to do with snoring too, right?
If you sleep on your tummy, you want a heavier, thicker pillow. Experts recommend that you should not sleep on your stomach at all. Do your best to get a pillow that aligns your neck with your spine and makes it easy for you to breathe.
The Fun Test
Test your sleeping arrangement with your current pillow for a few days. Be aware of how you wake up in the morning, how do you think you slept, do you feel refreshed, etc. If you wake with neck discomfort, still feel worn out, think you had breathing issues, then you might want to take a look into getting a different pillow. Especially if you don’t have an immediate explanation such as cold germs or sinus issues. You might try swapping pillows with a friend if they are willing. If they say no way, it might be easier to convince your parents you need a new one.
If you think you have sinus and allergy issues, you might want to find out if you’re favorite pillow material is a source for your troubles. Most people buy regular cotton pillows. These feel soft, but often times are not the best to sleep on over long periods of time even though the cheaper price may be what you are after.
Try a wool blend, buckwheat or will pillow if you think pillows you pick go flat or hold in the heat. This kind may be a wee bit more expensive but worth it if it gets rid of the annoying problems. It’s easy to shop and find one and have it sent right to your dorm or campus apartment. You don’t have to worry about having a car if you can access the internet.
Having a pillow favorite can make all the difference in the world to waking up feeling good about starting your day especially if it’s exam day or turning in a painful project.