One of the most important parts of our day is when we go to sleep at night. This may sound funny or silly, but rest is essential for the body to recover and heal from everything that happens to our body throughout the day. Sleep is important for concentration, brain function, productivity, immune health, enhances athletic and physical performance, affects our emotions and then corresponding social interactions.
Getting the optimal amount of sleep reduces our chance for heart disease, reduces our risk for injury, and helps us to maintain a healthy, steady weight. It is important for babies, kids, teenagers, and adults…ALL ages it is important for good sleep habits.
So, what is important to think about with sleeping so that we make sure our body gets what it needs during that time to function throughout our days at top speed?
POSTURE! It is important to think about the position of our neck and spine when we sleep because ideally, we as adults will get an average of 8 hours of rest per night. Kids, toddlers and babies need much more sleep than the standard 8 hours that an adult needs!
We want to make sure that our spine is supported and that our posture is ideal since we can easily stay in the same position for the whole night (or we can toss and turn from one position to the next, which is also very common and can be a sign that your body is not in a good position while sleeping).
One of the best things for supporting our neck and spine with sleep is having the best pillow. We brought on Pillowise Pillows to Breakaway Physical Therapy years ago and have had amazing results.
The Breakaway team, our patients and family members have fallen in love with their Pillowise Pillows. And when one person in the household gets fit for a Pillowise Pillows, there are often envious eyes (and necks) that want to try out these pillows too to see what all the hype is about.
The reports that we commonly hear from our patients are:
As an adult, the physical and mental stresses, and strains of each day wear on our bodies. There is nothing better than getting a good night’s sleep and being supported to wake up feeling amazing ready to tackle our next day.
Well, Pillowise Pillows has not only introduced travel pillows and mattress toppers (come check those out at the office)…but they realized that it is equally important for our children to have the best posture while they are sleeping and growing! What better time in life to support the spine?!
An ergonomic pillow for kids that is tailed to their size and their body, what an amazing idea! They have created another unique algorithm that determines the perfect pillow size based on four data points about your child. Have your physical therapist follow the steps to determine the right pillow for your child by entering their length, weight, gender and date of birth. You can even plug the numbers in as their parent to see what size is best for your child.
The innovative algorithm not only takes into account your child's Body Mass Index (BMI) and current height, but also the expected growth of your child over the coming period. This makes the pillow fit properly right now, but it also prevents your child from needing a new, larger pillow within a short period of time. And if you have multiple children, chances are you will be able to share sizes from your older kids growing out of it and passing it down to your little ones, just likes clothing and shoes.
The custom fit pillow for your child
The unique ergonomic support gives soothing relief to the neck curve that has been under strain lately due to the extended use of devices like smartphones, computers, and tablets. Kids have been on electronic devices so much more in the past year causing them to bring their heads forward to visualize their devices. This can shift their posture at such an impressionable time while they are growing.
This anatomic support for their spine can help to recover the negative effects of a "Tech Neck". Healthy sleep in the correct position will give your child a better recovery of body and mind resulting in better physical and mental health and performance each day.
These pillows are highly recommended by our physical therapy experts and are suitable for children from 4 to 15 years old. Beyond 15 years old, they will be ready for an adult size Pillowise Pillow.
Pillowise Junior offers a unique new take on personal sleep comfort for your child. There is not a more important time in their life to make sure that we are supporting our kids’ spines, bodies, and minds while they sleep. To get the best possible rest and for the muscles to be at their most relaxed, it is important that you sleep on a pillow that is tailored to your dimensions.
If you have ever slept on a pillow that was too soft, too hard, too fluffy, too small, or more, you know how it feels to wake up in the morning. A stiff neck, a headache, pains down your arms, aching along your spine and you just do not want to get out of bed to start your day.
We have to support our spines and promote this for our kids too!
What happens when kids sleep better?
Kids that sleep best will also perform best in school, sports, behavior and more. They tend to be more active, social, and able to concentrate better in school, with increased resistance against illnesses and a decreased probability of obesity and ADHD.
Kids need proper support during sleep even more than adults do because their bodies are still in the development phase and still growing. Good posture during the day AND night, will help to prevent issues later in life.
The amazing algorithm created by Pillowise for adults and children takes the guessing game out of finding that perfect pillow. Your pillow graveyard can be put to rest when you have a Pillowise Pillow. And you can grab a travel sized version so that you can make sure that your body and spine is supported while you are on vacation too!
Do not settle for bad posture for you AND your kids. You are both worth it and your body deserves the best when it is awake and asleep.
It is important that your child’s pillow is not too high OR too low. The best size pillow for your child will have the correct height and shape, it will adapt to the contours of your child’s spine, will be comfortable and provide excellent support.
With the rise of electronic devices, it is important to combat this with optimal posture for your children when they are sleeping so that their natural curves of their neck are supported in the best way. Give your child the best possible support in addition to educating them on the importance of correct posture from the young age of four.
Children do not typically have neck and back issues like so many adults, but the right support while sleeping is not any less important. The long-term physical impact of consistent bad posture during childhood is a growing concern and something to take seriously.
Pillowise Junior pillows are designed to provide your child with the best possible sleeping experience. They are made from the highest quality materials, such as natural Tencel for excellent temperature and moisture control, and top-quality memory foam for excellent pressure distribution. Just like the adult Pillowise pillow, they come with a standard five-year warranty. The cover is removeable for easy machine washing and cleaning purposes.
It is time to invest in your children’s health and make sure that they have the best night’s sleep so that they can grow, learn, and have every day be amazing. It all starts with the support of their neck each night.
Come on by the office and we will be more than happy to fit you and your children for pillows so that you can both have your best nights sleep yet! There is nothing better than waking up feeling energized to seize the day! Do not lose another night’s sleep without the support that your body deserves.
If you children are showing signs of changing posture from being on electronic devices more than you would like, let us know and we would be more than happy to talk at a FREE consultation about the best exercises to support their posture in addition to their new Pillowise Pillow!