How to Use a V Pillow
At Bedding Comfort store, our mission as a business is in our name, we want you to have the best comfort from your bedding, and this rings especially true for any of our pregnant customers. One of the options we have for expecting parents, and for anyone who struggles to sleep, is the V Shape Pillow. In this article, we will be telling you how to use a V Pillow.
There are many reasons why people are unable to sleep, but sometimes, it could just be as simple as not feeling comfortable with a traditional pillow, that is where the V-Pillow comes in.
But first, what exactly is a V-Pillow?
What is a V Pillow?
With a lack of sleep increasing chances for fatigue, depression and even type 2 diabetes, it’s an alarming fact that 7.5 Million British people have less than 5 hours of sleep a night. Though there may be many factors that contribute to this including insomnia, health issues, stress, work routine, daily routine, and general discomfort.
A V-Pillow is a pillow that trades the traditional shape of a pillow for a V shape, and with that offers an alternative for people who struggle to get comfortable enough to sleep. The difference in shape contains quite a few benefits which we will highlight below.
- It stops you from rolling over, sometimes rolling over in your sleep, especially when pregnant could cause you to wake up, feel uncomfortable or accidentally pull or strain a muscle while moving. The V-shape stops the user from turning as they can sleep with the ends of the pillow by their left and right side, whilst keeping their head elevated. Also ideal for children who are restless sleepers.
- They can be used for reading in bed or propped against the headboard. The natural neck support from this pillow offers the user a comfortable way to read.
- It can offer support to more than just your head, V-shape pillows can also support the neck, shoulders and lower back, whether you are sitting or laying in bed.
- It can also alleviate pain in parts of the body. You can use it when lying down on your side and have it between your legs, alleviating pressure on the lumbar spine. You can prop it under your knees to alleviate lower back pain, even neck pain, not being able to turn with the V-pillow makes sure your neck is not at risk from further strain if you do turn in your sleep.
- For any new mothers, it can relieve any breastfeeding strain, by using the pillows to rest their arms whilst breastfeeding, or by using it to help them sit up properly. This can help you avoid back or shoulder or neck strain when breastfeeding.
- It provides good elevation, especially with a normal pillow on top. Good head elevation can help anybody dealing with congestion, a cold or bronchitis. The elevation at the head allows for more free circulation of air than if completely flat.
If you’re looking for a pillow without the V shape, but the same length, we also offer a soft touch bolster maternity pillow.
So now that we know exactly what is a V Pillow, and its benefits, how is it different to a normal pillow?
How is a V-pillow different to a normal pillow?
Aside from the shape and length, traditional pillows may not be as firm as a V-pillow. The shorter length, and freedom to turn may also mean that restless sleepers may have a more difficult time getting comfortable enough to sleep.
A normal pillow has the drawback of needing more than one to achieve the same level of firmness and versatility that is offered by a V-Pillow due to its firmness. A pillow that is not firm can reduce your head elevation the longer you lay on it. This means that your breathing is made slightly more difficult, this is especially prevalent for people with breathing problems, a cold or sleep apnea.
The raised elevation means that if using a V-pillow on your side, you can have your arm under the pillow without having your shoulder in an awkward position which could cause strain or discomfort.
We now know what makes a V-Pillow unique, so how do you use it?
How to use a V Pillow
Using a V-pillow can be straightforward and surprisingly versatile too, but it ultimately comes down to what makes you feel comfortable, and what your needs are. You have multiple options when lying on your back, your side or even being sat up, they are as follows:
If lying on your back you can:
- Place your head in the middle of the pillow so each arm is in between the boundaries of the pillow. With a greater head elevation, this position can promote an easier way to breathe, and prevent tossing and turning
- You can place it behind your knees or on your calves, this level of elevation alleviates pressure on the lower back and can help reduce swelling in your feet.
If lying on your side you can:
- Place the pillow between your knees, this can alleviate lumbar pressure.
- Cuddle the pillow, this could make you feel comfortable enough to sleep.
If seated you can:
- Use it as a neck support by having it around the back of your neck
- Place under your knees or calves with legs outstretched, this position can alleviate back pain and any foot swelling.
Now that we have addressed the ways you can use a V-pillow, we thought it would also be helpful if we offer other solutions you can try to help you get the rest you need.
Getting to sleep
V-Pillows can be one part of the puzzle for you to get a good night’s rest, sometimes the tog of your duvet can also be a defining factor, as you may end up being too cold or hot to sleep. But it does not stop there, at Bedding Comfort Store we know how deeply your sleep environment can affect you. Here are some other things you can consider to help you sleep.
- Are duvets changed and cleaned regularly? Not cleaning regularly can lead to musty smells, build-up of bacteria, dust mites and sweat patches on your bedding. All getting in the way of you trying to sleep.
- Avoid eating a large meal at least 2-3 hours before sleep. Your body is actively trying to digest food if you eat straight before you sleep. This can end up preventing you from sleeping.
- Avoid bright lights from electronics at least an hour before sleeping, this includes phone and laptop screens! If unavoidable, consider using ‘night mode’ screen transitions, creating a warmer tint on screens.
- If able to, keep your bedroom as a separate space only for sleeping, reading and relaxing. Try not to work or have distractions in your room such as a TV, gaming console or laptop/computer.
- Avoid caffeine and sugar before sleeping. Fizzy drinks, coffee, and sweets will make it harder for you to feel tired.
- Use the toilet before getting into bed. Your bowels are going to be tenser if holding in a bowel movement whilst trying to sleep. The best way to sleep is not to have any tension in your body.
- Keep your phone on silent or switched off, away from your bedside. Ideally, you should put your phone somewhere where you have to get up and walk to it, preferably in another room. This will make you less likely to scroll through your apps when you should be trying to sleep.
- Consider buying earplugs or a sleep mask if your vision or hearing makes you a light sleeper.
- Establish a set bedtime, and set time to wake, along with a routine to help your mind ease into knowing it’s time to sleep.
- Some essential oils ran through a diffuser offer sleep-promoting properties, one example being lavender oil.
We can help you get that good night’s rest
Click the respective links to purchase our soft touch maternity pillows, and V-Pillows, In this article, we hope to have explained how to use a V Pillow whilst also explaining its benefits, uses, alternatives, and methods you can try in order to get a good nights sleep.
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