What are the Benefits of Sleeping Without Pillow?
The following are some of the benefits of sleeping without a pillow:
1) You sleep better
It’s very easy to fall asleep when you don’t have any pressure on your head. This helps you stay awake longer. If you need to get up early in the morning, it will be easier for you to do so if you slept well during the night.
2) You feel less tired later in the day
You may not realize it, but even though you’re fully rested at night, you might still be feeling tired because of all the things that happened throughout the day. Sleeping without a pillow will make you feel much more refreshed in the morning.
3) You’ll wake up earlier in the morning (and sleep better too! )
If you’ve ever tried to go back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night, you know how difficult it is. You might just give up and let yourself drift off again. But sleeping without a pillow will allow you to wake up earlier every time.
This means that you’ll actually wake up before your alarm goes off, which makes getting out of bed a little bit easier.
4) Not having to worry about carrying a pillow around at night
If you’re a side or stomach sleeper, you probably already know that it’s pretty difficult to fall asleep without something beneath your head. If you wake up in the middle of the night and need to get up, then you have to walk around with a bulky pillow in your arms. You also can’t just prop it between your legs because it will fall on the floor (and it’s pretty noisy too!
). Sleeping without a pillow allows you to just easily roll over and get up with ease.
5) It’s better for your health
Doctors have been suggesting that patients try sleeping without a pillow for decades. They do this for several reasons. One is that it prevents the development of wrinkles on your face.
Another reason is that it also reduces eye bags. Sleeping without a pillow also reduces pain on your neck too.
You probably didn’t realize that sleeping without a pillow could have so many benefits, did you?
The next time you have to sleep somewhere other than your own bed, just remember these benefits and you’ll be able to do it with ease. No need to stress about not having a pillow when you can get all these benefits by simply not using one!
What are the Disadvantages of Sleeping Without a Pillow?
The following are some of the potential disadvantages of sleeping without a pillow:
1) It takes some time to get used to
It usually takes most people about a week to get used to sleeping without a pillow. Of course, this will vary person to person. Some may take less time while others may take more.
The key is to stay patient and not give up too early. Once you’ve adjusted, sleeping without a pillow will become very easy and you won’t have to worry about bringing one anymore.
2) You may not be as comfortable
This is probably the biggest disadvantage to many people. After all, if you’re accustomed to sleeping on something, then removing that something is going to make you a little uncomfortable, especially if you wake up in the middle of the night. While it’s true that you will probably not be as comfortable as you are with a pillow, the pros definitely outweigh this con.
As you keep reading, you’ll learn tips on how to make yourself more comfortable while sleeping without a pillow.
3) You can injure yourself if you don’t use a supportive mattress
This is probably the only “serious” disadvantage to sleeping without a pillow. If you have an old, dilapidated mattress that barely provides any support, then not using a pillow could make your neck curve at an awkward angle while you sleep. If this is the case, then you may want to invest in a new mattress or at least place a pillow underneath your current one to provide additional support.
If you sleep on your side, placing a pillow between your knees will also help curve your body and prevent any potential injuries.
Tips for Sleeping Without a Pillow
If you’re still up for the challenge of sleeping without a pillow, then here are some helpful tips that will hopefully make it much easier for you:
1) Prop up the top part of your body
This is probably the #1 thing you can do to help yourself get used to sleeping without a pillow. There are a few ways in which you can go about doing this. The first thing you can do is bend your arm up to support the top part of your body.
Just place your forearm under the side of your head while keeping your bicep as a “pillow”. This will prop up the top part of your body and make it so that you’re not laying flat against the bed.
The second thing you can do is get a cushion of some sort to place under your arm. This will have the same effect as the first method by propping up only the top part of your body. The only difference is that you may have a more comfortable arm while using this method.
The third (and last) thing you can do is prop yourself up with some sort of wedge pillow that you can place under your belly to lift your torso up.
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Clocking in Pillow Time without the Pillow by LJ Porrino, JB Daunais, GA Rogers, RE Hampson… – cyberleninka.org
Pillow use: the behaviour of cervical pain, sleep quality and pillow comfort in side sleepers by JB Maas – 2012 – Villard
Why babies should never sleep alone: A review of the co-sleeping controversy in relation to SIDS, bedsharing and breast feeding by SJ Gordon, K Grimmer-Somers, P Trott – Manual therapy, 2009 – Elsevier