Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: The Suitable Pillows to Use Based on Your Sleeping Position - Mirror,Mirror

We’ve included a huggable body pillow for all the side-sleepers.

Some may not realize it, but the pillows you use have a vital role in sleep quality. Just because a cushion is plush and cloud-like (think of the ones in luxury hotel rooms) doesn’t mean it suits you best. 

Although you may sleep all right with typical cotton-filled pillows—imagine getting even better sleep. 

According to research from Spine-Health, factors like body size and height affect the pillow dimensions you need. Another thing to consider is your typical sleeping position. Whether you typically sleep on your back, side, or stomach, different pillows align your body to avoid shoulder pain or other joint issues. 

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Experts from sleepfoundation.org recommend that we replace our pillows every one to two years. Doing so makes sure our pillows remain supportive, comfortable, and free of allergens. 

Whether or not you’ve been using the same pillows for two years, you can start sourcing the right ones for better sleep and overall health. 

Here are some recommendations for the correct pillows based on your sleeping position and firmness preferences. 

For back and stomach sleepers

If you sleep on your back, the pillow should support your body’s natural curvature. This calls for pillows that let your head sink in effortlessly while encouraging proper posture. A firmer pillow can provide better spinal alignment to avoid discomfort for the small number of stomach sleepers out there (roughly only 7 percent of people sleep this way). 

The Riley Home White Down Pillow / Photo from Riley Home.

The Riley Home White Down Pillow and Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Symphony Pillow can fit the bill. 

Riley Home is filled with 100 percent down feathers and offers neck support. It offers two firmness options: Plush or Firm. However, the brand recommends the Plush option if you’re a back or stomach sleeper. 

Tempur-Pedic’s TEMPUR-Symphony Pillow / Photo from Tempur.

Meanwhile, Tempur-Pedic can also work for stomach sleepers with its dual-sided design. One side has a slight arch providing more support for the head, back, and shoulders. When you flip it over, this site offers a flatter surface. According to product reviews, it’s also generally more cooling than other memory foam pillows. 

You can shop the Riley Home White Down Pillow here.

You can shop the Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Symphony Pillow here

For side-sleepers

Side-sleepers, who make up most of the population, can find that pillows that make up the shoulder length provide comfort. The pillow can amply support your head and avoid neck pain with the proper size. 

Photo from Pillo 1

In line with this, you should be in the market for “semi-sturdy” and thick pillows. 

Pillo 1’s ​​The Side Sleeper Pillow features an ergonomic design featuring gel-infused memory foam. The center is wedged, so your shoulder’s length can comfortably tuck inside, resulting in enough neck support. 

Pillo 1’s ​​The Side Sleeper Pillow / Photo from Pillo 1

If you want an extra pillow that’s huggable (and Earth-friendly), you can also try Buffy’s Cloud Body Pillow. It’s stuffed with fiber made from recycled plastic and Eucalyptus Tencel Lyocell. Compared to conventional cotton, the latter is the brand’s signature fabric that requires “significantly less” water to produce. 

You can shop The Side Sleeper Pillow by Pillo 1 here and the Cloud Body Pillow by Buffy here

For combination sleepers

You’re probably a combination sleeper for those who can fall asleep on their sides and wake up on their stomachs. Since you move a lot throughout the night, it’s recommended to use a flexible pillow to support your neck and spine in various positions. 

The Saatva Latex Pillow / Photo from Saatva.

An option can be the adjustable Saatva’s latex pillow. Users can use or remove its middle insert (made of down-like fibers) depending on the preferred loft and firmness. The pillow’s filled with 100 percent natural latex core, which Saatava says is responsive to head and neck support. 

Photo from Saatva.

You can shop the Saatva Latex Pillow here.

Banner photo from Pillo1.

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