I stopped using a pillow to sleep. This is what followed

Try avoiding pillows at bedtime and see the positive impact on your sleep quality.

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Learn how avoiding pillows can help sleep well. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published: 19 May 2021, 14:05 pm IST
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So many of us can’t sleep without a pillow, and I happen to be one of them. In fact, I used to carry my pillow bag while traveling for my comfort sleep. However, a few months back, I developed neck pain and after that sleeping comfortably has become a distant dream. 

To manage the pain, I started taking medicine, but that is a temporary solution at best. Thankfully, I found a long term solution as my mother suggested that I stop using a pillow while sleeping as the same worked for her many years ago. 

I took her advice diligently and started sleeping without a pillow. While initially, it was an uncomfortable change for me, but eventually I realised its benefits and now there is no looking back. 

Here’s what sleeping without a pillow did for me
1. Reduced neck and back pain

Do you ever wake up with a sore neck? Or perhaps with a terrible backache? If yes, then you should also stop using pillows while sleeping. It helped me reduce neck pain, back pain and maintain a better posture while sleeping. 

2. Eases headache

I used to get up in the morning with a dizzy spell or a mild headache. Sleeping without a pillow helped me wake up feeling fresh and my headaches also subsided significantly. 

3. Fight acne and wrinkles

Sleeping with a pillow can cause acne or wrinkles because the pillowcase accumulates dirt and oil over time that transfers to the skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleep without pillows to improve your quality of sleep. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Improved sleeping quality

Sleeping without a pillow allows one to be in a natural position and helps the spine, neck and back to rest evenly along the natural curves of the body. Whereas, a pillow can displace your body’s alignment and disturb sleep.

5. Reduces stress and distraction

Sleeping without a pillow helps the body rest in a natural position, reducing neck and back pain. This decreases stress levels and facilitates better sleep.    

Tips on adjusting to life without pillows

You might find it a little hard for you if you have a habit of sleeping on comfortable pillows. Nevertheless, these are the ways you can slowly get rid of the practice:

  • You can position a folded cloth underneath your neck when you lay your head down on the bed. The cloth should not be too thick.
  • Remember to keep your  head and neck in line with the back.

So, follow these tips and sleep without a pillow to experience positive changes in your health and wellbeing. 

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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