Finding a comfortable pillow is sometimes like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Back in 1993, after sleeping in a hotel room that had terrible pillows high decided to do something about that. With my background in furniture design and ergonomics. I started to develop specialty pillars and haven’t stopped since. So my first pillows were really bad, leaving me with headaches and neck problems and all kinds of other maladies. However, as I continue to experiment started to learn much about the interaction of the shoulders and neck in the head with a pillow during the sleep process.
Finding a comfortable pillow’s should not be a painful experience. Pittman pillow was designed to simplify this complex and confusing process. We all sleep differently, as a matter of fact, some people sleep on their side. Some people sleep on their stomach, and some people sleep on their back. Most people however sleep on their side, the majority of the night. They move from one side to the other, and occasionally will sleep on their back that most side sleepers, lay sleep on their side with the little bit of sleep on the back and never sleep on their stomach. High concentrated on the side sleepers, because they make up about 80% of the sleepers, who are using my type pillow.
Can you vividly recall your dreams each morning? Your sleep style indicates that you are likely highly creative in your waking life.
“People with an intensely high level of dream recall have something called ‘thin borders,'” says James Pagel, M.D., director of the Sleepworks Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colo. “That means that for them, everything is in shades of gray, there’s not whole lot of black or white. They’re not purely Democrats or Republicans; they are not quite asleep or awake; and they define much of their lives in that way.”
Such people tend to be odd and quirky—and although most are perfectly normal, they are at higher risk than others for schizophrenia.
If you find yourself counting sheep, watching late-night TV, swingin from branch yo branch in your thoughts, or working into the night because youo can’t sleep, consider your need for perfection or control.
While a perfectionist may be successful in many situations, this isn’t useful in the realm of sleep and relaxation. a controlling nature may also set the stage for long struggle when it comes to difficulties sleeping.
“We found that certain aspects of perfectionism are elevated in people with chronic insomnia,” says Vincent. “People who expect a lot of themselves and who don’t meet their own personal standards are more likely to have insomnia.” A perfectionist approach to sleeping itself – like an exagerated sense of one’s ability to control things – can cause problems.
“If you believe that youa re responsible for most outcomees and then you don’t have succeess in one area, there is a tendency to engage in elf-blame and self-depreciation, ” says Vincent. This produces greater anxiety, which makes it even harder to fall asleep.
To break the cycle, recognize that there are only some aspects of your sleep environment that you can control. “We use a cognitive-behavioral approach and talk about what parts of sleep are controllable.” says Vincent. “you can’t control when you get sleepy but you can control whether you have a lot of coffee in the evening and the amount of light in the bedroom.”
If you struggle with insomnia, begin with recognizing your limits and accepting them as normal part of life. Focus n the positives of your day as you prepare for bed, and you may find that sleep comees easier.
Are you the type who rarely sleeps eight hours? In fact, you can’t imagine staying in bed that long? According to Vincent’s research, many individuals who sleep fewer than eight hours a day have a tendency to be highly self-critical. This could be because “you’re having harsh thoughts about yourself when you wake up during the night and when you attempt to fall asleep,” she says.
Alternatively, the connection might be a result of being anxious in general. “You might tend to sleep shorter because you are in a chronic state of tension,” she says.
Both over-sleeping and under-sleeping are associated with a higher than usual risk of death. No one has explained the connection with long sleep—but short sleep is known to increase blood pressure, which raises the risk for heart disease and stroke.
To improve short sleep linked with anxiety and self-criticism, Vincent suggests separating “worry time” and bedtime.
“We ask [patients] to schedule a time to have worrisome thoughts several hours before bedtime,” she says. “It sounds very simplistic but