The Right Pillow For You
Everyone has a special way we feel is the most
comfortable way to sleep. Because of this, choosing a
bed pillow is a unique experience for each of us. The
first thing to do, before selecting a pillow to sleep
on, is to determine your favorite sleeping position.
In general, if you like to sleep on your stomach, a
softer and flatter pillow is probably your best bet. A
softer pillow helps relieve tension on your neck. Sleeping on your stomach is naturally accompanied by a twisting of the neck. For a stomach sleeper to have the most comfortable sleep, choose a soft, flat pillow, or a pillow that allows you to add or remove the fill to personalize your comfort. Down and Feather pillows are good choices for stomach sleepers.
For side sleepers, a thicker, firmer pillow would be
best to enhance your evening slumber. Pillows such as a contoured memory foam pillow or a latex foam pillow, are designed to provide the support between the bed and the head allowing a side sleeper to keep their neck and spine aligned. Wool and latex or wool/latex combination pillows are good choices for side sleepers, as well as down and memory foam combinations.
Back Sleepers are unique in that a firm, but soft
pillow feels the best. Back sleepers need cervical
neck support, but also need less pressure on the back
of the head. Contour shaped pillows are perfect for
this. They are designed with a valley for the head and
an arch for the neck. Wool and latex or wool/latex contour pillows are good choices for back sleepers.
Another good alternative for back sleepers is a buckwheat hull pillow. Buckwheat pillows are filled with a whole lot of hard, little buckwheat husks. They are like flattened beans and they move and slide around as you adjust the pillow to your liking. What they do provide is a variable and adjustable shape that allows your head and neck to be most comfortable. A buckwheat pillow would benefit all three sleeping styles because of the adjustability factor. There is also a zippered opening that allows one to add or remove fill based on your size or personal comfort.
Choosing a sleeping pillow is a personal preference based on your own comfort position. Figure out how you feel most comfortable sleeping, and then choose a pillow that matches that style.