While selecting the right mattress gets a lot of consideration and ample research, don’t forget about also choosing the best pillow for your specific sleep needs. Purchasing a pillow that corresponds with the way you sleep can dramatically improve your sleep quality, especially if you grapple with back pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or sleep apnea. If your current pillow has seen better days, it’s time to figure out which type will offer you the most support and comfort.
Waking up in the morning with stiffness and discomfort is not how you want to start off your day. If this is your reality, your sleep posture is likely to blame. Your entire body should be aligned while you sleep, from your head all the way down to your knees. If your body isn’t getting the support it needs, your sleep quality will suffer due to discomfort.
To put it simply, the best pillow for you is one that feels comfortable while you rest your head on it. The pillow should support your head, neck, and shoulders. While memory foam pillows typically last up to three years, the general rule for pillows is to replace it after 18 months of use. If the pillow you are using now exceeds that time-span, it may be time to ditch it and get a new pillow to provide the support you need.
In order to figure out the best pillow for you, let’s talk sleep positions. While we tend to move around while we catch some zzz’s, these loose rules will help you determine what to look for while shopping.
Side sleepers: This type of sleeper may need a firmer and thicker pillow. Look for a pillow that will support your head, neck, and work with your shoulder comfortably. Placing a small pillow between your knees or thighs can also help you maintain the proper spinal alignment.
Stomach sleepers: A soft, thin pillow would be a good choice or no pillow underneath the head at all. If you prefer this position but suffer from lower back pain, try placing a pillow under your stomach and pelvis for support. People who sleep on their back may benefit from thinner pillows which help to limit stress on the neck.
Back sleepers: To keep your head and neck in alignment, go with a soft and flatter pillow. If you have neck pain, look for a pillow that provides extra support.If you have issues with persistent neck and back pain, the best pillow for you will take pressure off of your neck. Look for a pillow with an indentation in the middle that will cradle your head. For people with allergies, the type of fill used in the pillow comes into play. Fills vary from natural choices such as goose feathers to synthetics like rayon, foam, and latex. Look for hypoallergenic labels to make sure your choice is allergy-friendly.