Pillows are often something we overlook. Generally, we all tend to pick up the first pillows we see and don't pay attention to what they are. Turns out that using the correct pillow for your sleeping position can help you get better sleep. Pillows are designed to keep the head and spine in line when laying down. The amount of support needed depends on what position you lay into sleep. Here are the best pillows for different sleeping positions.
Sleeping on our sides is the most popular sleeping position. A common issue for side sleepers is that the pillow slowly deflates throughout the night. This leads to the pillow becoming too thin and causing the head to bend downwards. The key to comfort is keeping the spine as straight as possible.
A firm, single pillow is the best solution for side sleepers. Using two pillows will cause the head to be too lifted and a soft pillow will cause the head to tilt downwards. Both of these lead to neck problems. To avoid this, choose a firm, supportive pillow such as memory foam.
Sleeping on your back is the perfect position for good spinal health. This position allows the spine to fully relax and remain aligned. The best types of pillows for back sleepers are thin, low pillows. You need to avoid raising the head too much or it will cause the spine to become misaligned. We advise a soft support pillow or alternately, a goose feather pillow will allow your head to sink in and lay flat.
If you can avoid sleeping on your front, you should. Sleeping on your stomach forces your head and spine into an unnatural upward bend. Staying in this position for hours on end will result in a stiff neck and potentially long term damage.. If you find you prefer to sleep on your front then try sleeping without a pillow. If you need to sleep with a pillow make sure it's very soft and thin to protect your spinal health.