It’s very important to have the right kind of mattress for your sleeping style, but did you know that having the right pillow is just as important? The type and number of pillows you’ll need differs depending on whether you’re a back, side or stomach sleeper, and getting pillows that are comfortable for you will dramatically affect how well you sleep. You can also use pillows to support areas like your lower back as well as your head and neck.
The aim with your pillow and mattress is to properly align your spine and support its natural curves. If you’re a stomach sleeper, opt for a softer, thinner pillow, and definitely stick to just the one. Sleeping on your stomach can put a lot of pressure on your neck and lower back, and a high pillow or more than one will only add to this.
Down pillows such as the White Goose Down pillow from the Norfolk Feather Company provide a luxuriously soft surface. If you suffer from allergies, a hollowfibre pillow such as the Front Sleeper from Snuggledown is ideal. And if you want to go all out, the Low Profile pillow from Hypnos is designed especially for stomach and back sleepers, with latex fillings that provide cushioned support. You can also put a pillow under your stomach, which will help to ease some of the pressure on your lower back.
If you tend to sleep on your back, your pillow should be of medium height and firmness so that your neck is properly supported. Memory foam pillows such as the Supersoft Foam pillow from Snuggledown can be good for back sleepers, as the foam moulds to the contours of your head and neck, providing perfect custom support for users.
If memory foam isn’t for you, try the Duck Feather and Down Box pillow from the Norfolk Feather Company — feathers provide sturdy support while down makes the pillow lofty and light. A contoured pillow like the Orthopaedic Contour from Snuggledown can also provide great support for back sleepers. Placing soft, flatter pillows under your knees and lower back will also help to support the curves of your spine.
If you sleep on your side, a firmer, higher pillow is best to keep your head in a natural position throughout the night. While down and feathers are often used for softer, flatter pillows, you definitely don’t have to kiss natural pillows goodbye — the Duck Feather Box Style pillow from the Norfolk Feather Company gives a medium firm support that is perfect for side sleepers.
If you’re not a fan of natural fillings, the Aerelle from Snuggledown contains man-made fillings that provide medium firm support and are non-allergenic. You could also try the Ultima from Body Impressions, which contains memory foam that moulds to the head and neck to support the curve of your spine. Putting another pillow between your knees can relieve strain on your hips, as it leaves your upper leg in a more natural position.