When it comes to finding that perfect pillow, you need to think about which position you normally sleep in.
Simply wandering in to your local bed store and picking a pillow at random can leave your wallet a whole lot lighter, without giving you the relief you need. We’ve seen a lot of pillow fads come and go over our years in the industry, and we’ve come to know what works, and what doesn’t! Here’s our quick guide to choosing the best pillow for your needs, bringing you one step closer to complete sleeping comfort.
Choosing your pillow shape: are you a back, stomach or side sleeper?
The very first question we ask our customers is: how do you normally sleep? On your side, on your back, or on your stomach? Your sleeping position determines your neck and shoulder angle – which plays a large part in deciding which pillow will be most comfortable for you.
Best pillows for side sleepers
If you drift off curled on your side, then the best pillow shape for you is a higher profile contoured pillow. This type of pillow comfortably supports your neck and head while resisting compression from your shoulder. Also popular with side sleepers are the high loft fibre pillow and the high loft feather and down filled pillow. You need to be confident that the pillow you choose can support your neck angle comfortably, so don’t be shy about asking to try the pillow lying down before purchasing – or, if the showroom you are in doesn’t have this option – lean up against a wall with the pillow placed under your head and neck. This should give a good indication as to whether it will support your sleeping position. If you have a sales person or friend nearby, ask them to check your neck alignment too, as this can be hard to check yourself! Side sleepers will also find the gel contour pillows, the latex contour pillows and memory foam contour pillows very comfortable options for maximum pressure relief.
Best pillows for back sleepers
If you’re most comfortable sleeping on your back, then you’ll be looking for a pillow with less loft; or with a very soft fibre fill. It’s possible for back sleepers to suffer from neck pain if they have inadvertently chosen a high loft or high-profile pillow, as this will raise your neck up and out of it’s natural alignment. Be very careful to choose a pillow that will support your neck with a soft yet thin layer, avoiding anything that will lift your head. In fact, you should be looking for a good, low contour pillow for under your neck, dipping down to cradle your head. Choose a low contoured shape, or a thin latex pillow for best back sleeping comfort. Thin memory foam or gel contour pillows are also good options if you’re a back sleeper, as these will relieve pressure and mould to your head shape easily.
Best pillows for stomach sleepers
If you’re a tummy-sleeper, then you probably struggle to find a pillow that feels perfect throughout the night. In many cases, those who sleep on their stomachs revert to squishy, lump-filled pillows, as their need to mould and move their pillow through the night is often unavoidable. We highly recommend that stomach sleepers try using a low loft soft air fibre pillow. Do not waste your money on a contoured pillow if you’re a stomach sleeper – and unfortunately, even latex and memory foam won’t work for you. These options may feel fine in the store (not many of our customers turn over and lie on their stomachs when testing out the shop pillows!) but trust us – when you get home, you’ll be regretting your purchase. You need something light, something squishy, and something with a moveable, mashable fill. Try a low loft feather and down filled pillow too, as these pillows give a good degree of movement without raising the head too high out of alignment.
There’s much more to choosing a pillow than meets the eye – so if you’re looking for the best pillow advice, contact our friendly team at Wispa Sleep. We’ll make sure you get the sleep you deserve!