In the last issue I discussed a problem with shoes that is based solely (excuse the pun) on the ignorance of manufacturers. Today I want to discuss something which, like the shoe problem, can be overcome if you know about it: The biggest problem with pillows.
Let me start by asking a few questions: How many dress sizes are there and why? How many shoe widths are there and why? I don’t want to belabor this but I want to get you thinking in terms of sizes and shapes. Whenever you go shopping for something to fit your body you have a lot of choices in sizes and shapes.
The same should be true for fitting a pillow to your body.
The point I want to make is that everyone’s body size and shape is different and so your pillow height should be available in different sizes as well. I would love one day to visit the pillow section in a department store and see different heights come in sizes such as XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL. I know it is difficult to believe that this could have very big impact on how well you sleep but it does. When your head remains at the right height when you sleep you will consistently awake feeling refreshed in a way that seldom happens otherwise.
You can play around with pillow height yourself by folding towels to get them to the right height for you on your bed (this will change depending on the firmness of your bed).
There is one head support system which acts as a pillow and is adjustable.
Read what a doctor says about it:
”The night pillow has been a godsend for me personally, as I get good rest and wake up pain free. The different thicknesses of the foam inserts make it easy to get the pillow to the right height, and can be modified quickly, as conditions change with unwinding (the process our patients undergo in the structural correction of their body).” Peter Ryan, D.C., Anchorage, AK
If you would like more information on the Sleep E-Z Adjustable Sleep System then go to
I mentioned in the first paragraph that this is the biggest problem with pillows but, there are others you should know about. I will discuss these in the next issue.
Yours in Health, Naturally
Jerry Porter, D.C.