Many people put the focus on their mattress when thinking about sleep comfort, but your pillow is just as important.
Does it matter which one?
Yes, it really does. Finding the right pillow can greatly improve your quality of sleep because it helps your sleeping posture. At some point I’m sure we have all woken up rubbing our necks complaining of ‘ sleeping funny’ as we try to massage out the kink in our necks.
Good sleeping posture helps you sleep better and wake up without those aches and pains.
The right pillow will help keep your spine stay in alignment while you sleep, regardless of your sleeping position. With a pillow that supports healthy posture, your neck, shoulders, back, and hips will get the support they need so you wake up pain-free.
For back sleepers, your pillow should support your neck and head, but not so much that your neck is propped up at an unnatural angle. Remember, you want your spine and neck to stay aligned while you sleep, so back sleepers probably want a medium-thick pillow—something that’s not too full, but not too flat.
If you’re a side sleeper, your pillow should support your head in a neutral position, keeping it aligned with your spine. Because your shoulder takes most of the pressure when you sleep on your side, you may want a fuller, firmer pillow to give your neck the support it needs and take some of the weight off your shoulder.
Sleeping on your stomach is the most stressful position for your back and neck, so many experts recommend trying to train yourself to sleep in another position. We know that you can’t change your sleeping habits overnight, so if you do sleep on your stomach, you’ll want a pillow that’s softer and a little less full. This will help keep your spine as neutral as possible.