Choosing Your Pillow

If you’ve been waking up with a sore back or neck, you may be sleeping with the wrong pillow. Generic pillows are nice and cheap, but in reality, everyone sleeps in different positions. Choosing a pillow that fits your sleeping style can help you get a good night sleep and wake up feeling 10 years younger!

Back Sleeper

If you find you sleep on your back, then you want to find a pillow with a medium loft or height to support your head and neck. A medium height will also help with the curve of your upper spine. Sometimes, a pillow shaped like a big piece of cake, or wedge pillow, helps those who tend to sleep on their back.

Props to those who do! Sleeping on your back is considered the best position for spine and neck health.

Side Sleeper

Many people tend to end up sleeping on their sides throughout their sleep. A firmer pillow will hold your head at an angle that matches the curve of your neck. Using a contoured pillow is best for side sleepers, but they can also add another pillow between their legs. This helps keep the spine aligned.

Stomach Sleeper

For the belly sleepers, choosing a flat pillow made from memory foam is the best option. Having a pillow with too much height or overly firm will tilt your head up and cause cricks in your neck. Most of the times, stomach sleepers don’t need much support at all.

Combo Sleeper

If you realize that you tend to wake up in different positions through the night, you’re probably a combo sleeper and need a pillow that will adjust to you. The best option for you is picking a pillow that is for two types of sleepers (back sleepers and side sleepers, as an example). There are pillows that either have a soft and firm section, or made with multiple fillings.

Filling your pillow

Every pillow comes with a different filling, which can be specific for types of sleepers or those that are picky about the softness of their pillow.

  • Natural Fill: While real feathers are pricey, they can be warm to the touch and softer to sleep on. Down is fluffy and light, where feathers are firmer to sleep on. If you have allergies, though, you may want to consider synthetic fills.
  • Synthetic fills: These tend to be made from polyester and rayon which is cheaper than down and more cloudlike. Those with allergies that still want a soft pillow tend to go for the synthetic materials.
  • Foam: Firmer and molding to your head, memory foam falls into this category. It’s usually made from polyurethane and can be shaped like a regular pillow. While memory foam can be hotter, Latex foam is a cooler option and is anti-microbial.
  • Combination: A combo pillow will usually be foam, either whole or in pieces, and synthetic fibers.

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