Necessity is the Mother of Invention… July 12 2015

Most of my life, I was a stomach and side sleeper.  Those were my favorite sleeping positions.  Cozy, embryonic, fetal.  Most of you agree with me, because statistically, over 50% of the population logs time in the rack this way, too.  

At about forty, I started waking with neck pains from snoozing face-down, arms above my head, in the Super Man flying position.  It didn’t matter which side of my face was on the mattress, I still had neck and jaw strains most of the day.  It even threw off my equilibrium several times.   (Did you know that your head weighs between 7 and 10 pounds?— that’s a lot of pressure all night long)  Tossing and turning was part of the midnight dance.  I rotated side-stomach-side like a rotisserie chicken.  Worse yet, I was waking with dreaded forehead crease lines that stayed with me till about 1030 in the morning.    As a salesperson, that’s not cool.  Appearances matter.  Nothing like having your sleep style tattooed across your kisser that says, “ask me how I like sleeping on my left side.”  These were all sure signs of aging; was I now 100???

Over the last 8 years, I set out on a mission for better, more healthful rest.  After all, I couldn’t continue with my current habits as they debilitating.  Simple math has it that 30% (roughly 8 of 24 hours) of our day is spent in slumber or some version of it.  Contrary to popular belief, sleep is not a luxury.  Most of us have discomfort that keeps us from getting a full night’s sleep, no matter what.  Tossing, turning and re-adjusting pillows for height, dryness and support is more common than I ever knew.  And there are some striking statistics that continuous lack of sleep leads to obesity among other diseases. 

My intention was that if I could maximize time in a healthier version of sleep, then I’d be more exuberant, more alert, more patient and more present in my waking hours, ultimately, shining my light and pursuing my purpose.  

My hunch was that neck strains (from stomach sleeping) and crease lines on my forehead (from resting on my side) could possibly be reduced or eliminated if I didn’t go THERE.  The mission started with re-training myself how to sleep from stomach and side to back.  BACK SLEEPING???!?  Yikes.  That’s so unnatural for me (but for 18%+ of the population, not so much.)  I pored over research that showed if you were a relatively healthy person and did not suffer from sleep apnea, then back sleeping was the way to go.  Drainage, circulation and organ placement would all improve, not to mention reduced neck pain and wrinkles, too.   

For two years, I gave it my best back-sleeping try.  Dark, cool room, pillows propped, linens to my liking and prayers for uninterrupted back slumber.  As I dozed off, I had to remind myself not to flip nor roll, for fear of feeling achy and looking off-balance by morning.  Over time, it became habit forming, and there were fewer middle of the night monologues with myself on the benefits and allure of back sleeping.  The experiment proved beneficial and just as I thought, I had immediately reduced neck and jaw pain and far fewer crease lines from crushing my head in the pillow.

What I have found is that I am not alone in my pursuit.  There are countless others whom, for medical or aesthetic purposes, feel better after a good night’s sleep on their back but just don’t know how to do it on their own.  My chiropractor recommends it, so does my ENT.  Cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists recommend preserving their work by back sleeping, too.  Just about anyone whose had a surgery of any kind must also recover via back sleeping. 

And so I set out to create the best pillow possible for back (and the occasional side) sleeper.  The Right Pillow was created with you, and you and even you, in mind.  The unique structure, organic composition and customizable loft provides all the options for your best back (ok, and sometimes side :) )sleeping night.   And if that is not enough, each one is hand made in America with love, will last 10 years or more with proper care and can be recycled at the end of its life.  Cheers to a healthier you and a healthier planet!