Sleeping Without A Pillow IS Better? (The 5 Proven Benefits That Will Shock You)

For something that seems so simple (even children and babies do it!), sleep isn't very easy to do so. Did you know that too little or too much sleep can end up with you having a host of illnesses and issues, ranging from obesity to heart disease? That's why it's crucial to get the right amount of it, getting quality sleep starting with the right sleeping position! One question many people seem to ponder on is if one should continue sleeping without a pillow. Is it something really that bad?

Read on as I share with you the truth about sleeping without pillows and what you should do for better sleep!


Sleeping Without A Pillow: Is It A Good Thing?

How many pillows do you really need? I would recommend one or none at all! You'll be surprised to know that having no pillow can actually be a good thing! It holds a lot of health benefits, such as:

Better Skin

Good or bad sleep affects skin in many ways but you might be surprised that your pillow can actually affect it, too!

Let's face it, having a pillow rested on your cheek or all around your face can put a toll on your beauty. Sleeping with a pillow can actually cause acne and wrinkles because of you putting a lot of your weight on the face to your pillow. Additionally, when you press your face against a pillow, your skin won't be able to perspire or breathe, preventing the pores have access to any air. As a result, you will begin to perspire more and produce grease or oil. The dirt on your pillow doesn't help as well, especially when you don't wash it regularly!

Feel Well-Rested

Isn't it weird that using no pillow to sleep can actually help you get better rest? This is because not using these supports would allow your body to find the best position to sleep in. If you do use a pillow that isn't supportive enough, your body will compensate and engage its neck or back muscles, resulting in a severe strain. That's one of the reasons why you may be waking up in pain. Without a pillow, your body won't have to engage and work your muscles and tendons, allowing you to sleep peacefully and without any worry.


Spinal Alignment and Pain Relief

When you sleep without a pillow, you are using a natural sleeping position which benefits your spine. It allows your spine to rest evenly with your body's natural curves. If you do use a thick pillow, then it can actually displace your spine!


Additionally, having no pillow to rest on will reduce any neck pain. One of the main reasons why people suffer from neck or back pain upon waking up is through using the wrong pillow. Without it, you have better chances of waking up feeling refreshed and pain-free. However, you need time to adapt, present it's best to replace your old one and go for the right type of pillow for shoulder pain.

Prevent Stress and Insomnia

Stress can come from sleeping in the wrong position, which results in lousy sleep. When you try to sleep without one, you may end up preventing more stress from coming because of the frustration from quality sleep. Furthermore, using no pillows help prevent insomnia, increasing the quality of your rest.

As a result, you will feel refreshed and fit when you wake up, ready for what the day has to offer!

Babies Can Benefit Too!

Last but not the least, babies will be able to benefit when they sleep without a pillow. It lessens the risk of having a flat head (since babies' heads are soft), as well as suffocation while he is asleep, as babies may end up sleeping far down and having a shortage of breath when using a pillow. It also helps prevent allergies and overheating for better comfort and health!


Good Sleeping Positions To Follow 

Now that you know why sleeping without a pillow is actually a good thing, what sleeping position should you follow? Here are some tips on keeping a proper position, with or without a pillow:

  • We all know how difficult it can be to begin to sleep with no pillow, especially if you are accustomed to resting with it. For starters, you can use folded cloth, which isn't as thick as a pillow but still adds some height to have our head get used to the decreased elevation. Folded towels or clothes also work well. Begin with a height that keeps both your neck and head level with the back when rested on. As the weeks pass, reduce the height of the cloth until your body is used to not using any cloth or pillow anymore.
  • Before you sleep and after waking up, make sure you stretch your neck and shoulders. This will help reduce the pain you may feel when you quit using pillows.
  • Do both stretching and using folded clothes consistently. Do not miss a day or switch back and forth or you won't be able to sleep without a pillow quicker.
  • If you're wondering about the position, there is no exact way one should rest, as this depends on the person. Just make sure that whatever position you choose, you are relaxed. As for me, I sleep well with my knees slightly curled or bent. Avoid resting on other body parts to prevent any pain. I also recommend that you use a soft yet supportive mattress to help keep your body comfortable while you sleep.

Wrapping It Up

If you suffer from sleep deprivation or sore body parts when you get up in the morning, then it may be your pillow! Depending on your preference, sleeping without a pillow IS possible and will not harm your body, with a lot of health benefits you can reap from it.

I hope that this article on sleeping with or without pillows helped you find out what works best for your body. So why to give it a try and see if you find it better to rest without a pillow today!


For those who would like to ask any questions or share their stories on sleeping without pillows, then post your comments below. All of your input is much appreciated!

Layla Paker

My name is Layla Parker, the founder of At this site, our team is going to bring you a lot of reliable and useful information about sleeping and everything related to it such as the therapies that improve your sleep, the ways of sleeping you should try, all the products you use every day that affects directly to your sleep, your health, and your life.

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