Choosing the Right Pillow for You

When you really need a good night’s sleep after the stress of the day, the wrong pillow can be a pain in the neck literally and figuratively. An ill-fitting pillow is not only a sleep thief that keeps you from waking up feeling truly refreshed, but it can also trigger or worsen headaches, neck pain, and arm numbness. So, how do you find the right pillow for you? Though it depends on the type of sleeper you are; the pillow should still be able to keep its shape and your neck neutral. Find which are you and your pillow fit below:

  • Back Sleeper: You may benefit from a thinner pillow (so your neck is not thrown too far forward) that has an extra loft (how much lift the pillow has) in the bottom third to help cradle your neck. Memory foam is a good option, because it molds to the shape of your head and neck, as is a water pillow, since it offers all-over consistent support. Also, try sleeping with another pillow under your knees to alleviate pressure on your lower back.
  • Stomach Sleeper: You could use the thinnest type of pillow- or even no pillow at all. Sleeping on your stomach puts lots of stress on your lower back, so try sleeping on your side instead and hugging a body pillow if you like the feeling of something pressing against your stomach.
  • Side Sleeper: Go for a firm pillow, and one with an extra-wide gusset to help bridge the distance between your ear and shoulder. You might also sleep with a pillow between your knees to better align your spine.

Also, the type of pillow fillings should be put into consideration when shopping for pillows.

To be continued… #Getti