Did you know that between the three most common sleeping positions, sleeping on your side is the most common? That should mean that a majority pillows are designed for side sleepers in mind, and that side sleepers would have the most universal choice in bedding and pillows, right? Well, to answer your question: yes and no. Side sleepers do benefit from a plethora of pillow options that are a good compromise between the thin, almost non-existent, stomach sleeper pillows, and firm pillows designed for back sleepers; however, certain pillows were designed better than others so read on below the comparison chart to find out how you can find some of the best pillows for side sleepers.
Here’s a selection of the latest and most popular pillows for side sleepers -
|Beyond Down Gel Fiber Side Sleeper Pillow, King||Micro Denier Gel Fiber||Yes||Yes||**||4|
|Sleep Better Iso-Cool Memory Foam Pillow, Gusseted Side Sleeper ,Standard||Memory Foam||Yes (cover only)||Yes (cover only)||***||4|
|Allstar Marketing Group SD011104 SideSleeper Pro Neck And Back Pillow – As Seen On TV||Polyester fibers||Yes (cover only)||Yes||**||3.5|
What To Look For In A Pillow If You Sleep On Your Side
Take a step back and look at the shape of the body, which sections of the body do you usually lay on when you are asleep? When you are on your side, regardless of which direction you are facing, the hip and the shoulders are going to take most of the impact from the mattress, and the side of your skull next to your ear is going to support the weight of your head against the pillow.
When you sleep on a pillow that is too thin, your head and neck are going to lay parallel, leaving a minute space against your neck and forcing those muscles to keep your neck upright and in line with your head. If the reverse is true and you sleep on a pillow that is too firm or too thickly padded, your entire head and neck is going to be forced upward which will un-align your spine from its natural positioning. That means that the best choice is going to be a medium to medium-soft pillow that gives enough resistance to your head to support the weight of your head with enough inflation to support your neck.
Try and analyze how much you move during the night when purchasing a pillow because this can help you to decide on the right type of material for the pillow. If you are someone that likes to toss and turn throughout the night, you might prefer a buckwheat organic pillow or a feather pillow whose content moves around as you do. The only problem with some of the buckwheat pillows is they do have a tendency to make more noise when you move, so do not invest in this type of pillow if you are a light sleeper.
Optimally, if you are a sedentary sleeper that tends to stay in the same place, you want to shop around for an ergonomic design that differs from the traditional rectangular and flat shape of most pillows. Some pillow have extra padding or filling along the lower half of the pillow where you place your neck so that the concentration and the location of the filling inside your pillow is not as dependent on whether or not you get a good nights sleep. These pillows already have a pre-set shape in most cases so again, if you move around, this pillow may not be the best choice for you.
What Types Of Pillows Suit Side Sleepers
After taking into consideration all of the ideal factors that should go into your purchasing decision, what is the best type of pillow? The best type of pillow depends on you and what you prefer to sleep on, but some of the recommended options for side sleepers that provide the most overall support are memory foam, latex, and buckwheat pillows.
Memory foam and latex foam pillows have become one of the more popular options for bedding and pillows in the last few years because of their incredible ability to retain the shape of your body and provide equal support to both your neck and head. These pillow options, unlike down filled pillows, do not let your head slump down into the pillow; rather they meet individual resistance requirements to provide optimal support. The cost of these pillow option are decreasing and can now be found for as little as $20 at some stores, but they still remain one of the more expensive types of pillows; however, memory foam pills often come with some type of warranty and are expected to last for several years, whereas latex pillows have been known to last up to 20-years in some extreme cases.
Buckwheat pillows are an eco-friendly design made out of 100% natural buckwheat hulls. Sometimes companies will also use hops, grass, or other natural materials instead of buckwheat for the same purpose. These pillows don’t collapse like their foam of feather alternatives to give you extra support if you prefer a medium-firm type of pillow. These pillows also don’t retain as much heat as other types of pillows so they are great if you hate sleeping on hot pillows or always find yourself flipping over the pillow in the middle of the night to find some relief. The only downside to buckwheat pillows is that they are rather heavy, some weighing anywhere from 4-5 pounds, and they will need to be replaced about every other year.