Doctors: Your pillow may be affecting your health

DENVER – If you are feeling grouchy at work or impatient around the kids, you may not be sleeping well and doctors say your pillow may be the culprit.

Studies show that 75 percent of Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and sixty percent of women have trouble getting a good night’s rest.

Doctors say it can lead to conditions like sleep apnea and can even increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Dr. Perry Haney of the Spine One clinic says people spend a third of their lives in bed, so choosing the right pillow can make a huge difference in how you feel during the day.

Haney’s advice is to choose a pillow that supports your neck and keeps your spine in a straight line.

“The best pillow is made of memory foam, or something like a down pillow,” Haney said.

Back sleepers can use bolster pillows under their knees to take the pressure off of their lower backs.

Doctors warn against sleeping on big stacks of pillows, because they can bend the neck causing soreness in the morning.

Physicians also say to throw your pillows out after four years, or when they become flattened.

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