Which Pillow Is Right For Your Sleep Position?

Two people sleeping on the Infinity Cool Pillow

The right pillow for your sleep position can make a huge difference.

Everyone knows that your mattress is essential to a good night’s sleep, but what about your pillow? Pillows come in different sizes and materials and are crucial in determining your quality of sleep. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, make sure you have the right pillow for your sleep position.

The Right Pillow For Back Sleepers

As with all sleep positions, it’s important to make sure your neck and spine are in proper alignment. As a result, back sleepers should invest in a pillow that conforms to pressure, with medium firmness. You don’t want a pillow that is too thick because it’ll raise your head out of proper alignment. But It’s also important to avoid pillows that are too thin so the head isn’t tilted too far back while sleeping. Find a pillow that comfortably supports the natural curvature of your neck, while keeping it straight.

The TEMPUR-Adapt ProLo + Cooling Pillow is a solid choice for back sleepers. The TEMPUR® material adapts to your head, neck and shoulders to deliver personalized comfort and support. The low profile won’t force you to crane your head upward and strain your neck.

The Right Pillow For Side Sleepers

Side sleepers need a fluffier pillow to fill the gap between their neck and shoulder to keep their spine aligned. Just make sure it’s not too soft or you’ll constantly be fluffing it trying to get the right support. Pillows with medium support will mold to your body and keep your neck in proper alignment. Anatomic pillows that firmly support and properly align the neck and back are also great for side sleepers.

If you sleep on your side, check out the Technogel Sleeping Anatomic Pillow. It’s especially popular among those who suffer neck, back or shoulder pain. Mainly because it’s designed to provide superior relief and support. The ergonomically curved surface is great for medium-to-large built back or side sleepers—and those who roll between the two!

Pro Tip: Placing a pillow between your legs can also help ensure proper spinal alignment for side sleepers.

The Right Pillow For Stomach Sleepers

While its recommended you avoid sleeping on your stomach, if you must then at least find the right pillow. Stomach sleepers put more pressure on the neck and spine, which are being twisted around all night. Extra soft pillows are best because they allow the head to sink down enough to keep your spine healthy. Find a pillow that is flat enough to allow you the extra head space you need. Pillows filled with feathers or down alternatives are good because they are easily compressed down.

The Technogel Sleeping Deluxe Thin Pillow is refreshing choice for stomach sleepers in search of more comfort. It’s designed to support proper spinal alignment. it may even satisfy sleepers who sometimes prefer lying without a pillow.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking to stop sleeping on your stomach, invest in an orthopedic pillow.  The ergonomic shape of this pillow makes it uncomfortable to sleep on your stomach, which will essentially ‘train’ you to sleep on your side or back.

Other Things To Consider

Look for cooling qualities.

If you tend to sleep hot, look for a pillow with cooling properties. The PureCare Sub-0° Softcell Chill Latex Pillow is a great option for hot sleepers. It blends PureCare’s exclusive FRÍO rapid chill cooling fibers with the ultra plush feel of TENCEL® threads. As a result, you get a luxury responsive textile that’s more absorbent than cotton and softer than silk. And best of all, it cools 5x faster than traditional polyester.

Invest in a pillow protector.

Just like with your mattress, dust mites, dirt and other allergens can collect on your pillow. This can lead to sneezing and even facial acne. That’s why its important to get a pillow protector. PureCare’s pillow protectors feature MiteTight® seams and a locking zipper, providing a physical barrier against allergens, bed bugs, dust mites, stains, moisture, mold and mildew.

Replace your pillow every 1-2 years.

As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your pillow every 1-2 years. After a while, your pillow could lose its shape and not give you the support you need. Try not to go too long with an old, as it could affect your sleep, comfort and health.

Everyone is different.

Some people only sleep in one position. Others roll into two or three positions every night. Some of us have a smaller build, while our larger friends may need more support. The point is, there is no one-size-fits-all remedy. Visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep and speak to one of our expert sleep consultants to see which pillow is right for your sleep position.

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