Best Pillow For Side Sleeper

Best Pillow For Side Sleeper

October 22, 2012
In the Bedroompillows

Choosing The Best Pillows For Side Sleepers Made Easy

Is there anything better than curling up in your favorite little nesting spot and wrapping your arms around a great pillow?  Well the truth be told many people own a crazy comfortable mattress with incredible support and comfort, but fall way short when it comes to the pillow they sleep with. Would these siesta takers know what the best pillow is for a side sleeper? The king of the curler uppers is the side sleeper and indeed they are choosy about their headrest so today we’re sharing tips to help people who like to sleep on their sides select the proper support for their melon.

What do side sleepers need?

A huge factor for determining the correct shape and size of the pillow is your particular sleeping position and for people that sleep on their sides a medium to firm is often the best choice. The important detail as with any pillow is that your head and neck are in alignment with the spine. It is important that the pillow fills the space between the mattress surface and the neck starting at the ear and fill in snug to the top of the shoulder. People who sleep on their sides often position their arms in front of them which puts stress and pressure on the rotator cuff something that can cause extreme shoulder pain.

Pillow filling options

Buckwheat, down, feather, and even polyester fiber are common pillow stuffing’s. Molded or preformed pillows such as memory foam and latex are growing in popularity, this is likely due to claims of hypoallergenic qualities that include dust mite, mold and mildew resistance.  There really isn’t a shortage of what you can find stuffed inside of a pillow casing or what it can be made of. So which fill is the right one for a person who sleeps on their side? The truth is the answer can be subjective. Some say that a multiple pillow wardrobe may offer the best comfort depending on how you are feeling on a given day and we really agree with this idea.

Tips for Shopping for a New Pillow

More cost does not automatically equate to a better pillow – in fact, people can purchase a pillow that will easily fall within the smallest budget.   The most important shopping tip we can suggest is to try the pillow before you buy it. Mattress, furniture, and even department stores where mattresses and pillows are on display are great places to lay down and test rests a pillow. Dr. Breus a well-known physician often seen on TV said in a recent article: “If you’re in a store and there’s the option to lie down, do that.” If that is not an option, he advises that you stand next to a wall in your sleeping position, places the pillow against the wall as though the wall were a vertical mattress, leans your head against it. The reason for this is to assure proper head and spinal alignment.

Even when using the correct pillow some sideways type sleepers still wake up with a kink in their neck and even shoulder pain or stiffness. Our suggestion, look into adjustable pillows, these have a filling that can be adjusted which manipulates the firmness to your exact liking. Take out a little or take out a lot. These are especially nice for those who have a tough time finding just the right firmness or have a case of the princess and the pea syndrome.

Has your pillow seen better days?

Dead skin cells, fungus, mold, mildew growth, and even dust mites are half of an old pillow’s weight not to mention we rest our faces in these cranium supports systems for nearly 1/3 of our entire lives. Maybe it’s time to replace the old melon support? There are few things that contribute more to better health and a great start to the day, but a good night of quality sleep really does and that begins with the perfect pillow.