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Finding The Right Pillow

You need good sleeping posture just as much as good sitting and standing posture to maintain a healthy neck and spine. The right pillow plays a significant role in promoting a healthy sleeping position. Your pillow should maintain a neutral position for your head and neck during sleep. Whether you sleep on your side, back, or stomach, the best pillow depends greatly on your dominant sleeping position.

What you need to know about finding the right pillow types for your preferred sleeping position is:

Sleeping styles with types of pillows for sleeping:

  • The Fetal Position Sleep 

For those who curl up in the fetal position, a pillow that cradles the head and supports the neck is essential. Opt for a medium-firm pillow that allows your head to rest comfortably without tilting too far forward or backward. Memory Pillow is an excellent choice here, as they contour to the shape of your head and neck, offering personalized support throughout the night.

  • The Yearner Sleep Position

Yearner sleepers, those who sleep with their arms extended in front of them, need a pillow that maintains proper spinal alignment while allowing freedom of movement. A medium soft pillow made from memory foam or latex is a great choice, as it provides support without feeling too rigid. Additionally, consider placing a thin pillow between your knees to further support your hips and lower back.

  • Side Sleeping Position 

Usually, side sleepers need a firm pillow that takes up the space between the mattress and your head so that your head and neck are kept in a straight line with your back parallel to the mattress. The distance between the side of your head and the outside of your shoulder can be measured this way. While this measurement will differ from person to person, it can be used to approximate the thickness of your pillow, plus or minus a few inches to account for compression. Try placing another pillow between your legs if you are experiencing back pain.

  • Back Sleeping Position 

This position requires pillows that support the head without sacrificing the natural "C" curve of the neck. You should be aware that sleeping on your back may increase your chances of snoring and sleep apnea. It is usually best to sleep on the side because of this reason. Using a pillow under your knees can relieve back pain caused by this sleep position.

  • Stomach sleeping 

Stomach sleeping may benefit from a soft pillow or even no pillow at all. When sleeping on your stomach, the neck and lower back are put under more stress, so it's usually recommended to alternate between sleeping on your side and back. Lie on your side or back with a body pillow under your knees for more support.

Another important factor to consider when selecting a pillow is the materials it’s made of. There are various types of materials available, such as foam, down, water, polyester, latex, and even buckwheat. A traditional or contoured (wave-shaped) memory foam pillow will not flatten as quickly over time as polyester or down-filled pillows. The best pillows for quick re-fluffing are foam, or foam combined with other materials.

Most pillows last around two years. A good rule of thumb is that if it does not bounce back after folding it in half, it’s time to replace it. Many pillows on the market are labeled best for side or back sleepers. However, it is difficult to tell if a pillow is right for you based on giving it a couple of “squeezes” in the store. If you buy it from a store, check their return policy. This is because it can take a week to know if it is right for you. In the end, it all comes down to what offers the best comfort for your personal preferences.