Buying a pillow can seem like such a daunting task, especially with so many new and innovative options available for a more supportive or cooler night of sleep. The right pillow can help you stay better rested and wake up without aches and pains. When you are in the market for new pillows and bedding for your home, think about the way in which you sleep, whether you are a hot or cold sleeper, and whether or not you have any neck or shoulder pain.
At Sleep Essentials, we recommend latex pillows as a natural, hypoallergenic option. Latex pillows are great for relieving pressure on certain areas of the body, such as the spine and joints, making them perfect for individuals with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions. Latex pillows and bedding are often a bit more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but they are also made from more eco-friendly and higher quality materials that will provide a longer lasting pillow.
One of the most important tips for purchasing a pillow is to first figure out your sleep position. This way, you’ll find a pillow that is more ergonomically designed to provide comfort and support for your specific sleeping style.
The Side Sleeper
Side sleepers will often need thick pillows that can fill in the gaps between their neck and shoulder. In addition to considering the thickness of the pillow, you should also consider the firmness. As a side sleeper, using a pillow that is too soft or thin will generally result in flattening, leading to spinal misalignment and a stiff neck in the morning. A pillow with an average of five pounds in density is ideal for side sleepers.
The Stomach Sleeper
Stomach sleepers should definitely invest in a few extra pillows. These sleepers tend to sleep on their stomachs in a way that allows their heads to naturally sink into the pillow. This leads to additional pain in the neck and spine if you are using a pillow that is too thick. Stomach sleeping is not recommended, as it can cause health issues for many. However, if you are a known side sleeper, make sure that you invest in a thinner pillow for your head and a firmer mattress that can provide additional hip and spinal alignment support.