A pillow has a simple purpose: keeping your neck and head aligned while you are sleeping. If you are shopping for a pillow, you know there are a lot of options. It just adds to the confusion that many terms that are used to describe pillows will change from brand to brand. The price isn’t always the best indicator of the performance.
Finding the best pillow should begin by finding your main sleeping position. Are you a side, stomach, back or combination sleeper? That is the position that you will go to and will be your favorite.
This is a common sleeping position. An extra firm or firm pillow will be best to maintain the right alignment. Using a traditional latex or memory foam pillow will be able to support the head at the right angle and it doesn’t flatten over time when you compare it to a down or polyester pillow. Look for a pillow that is feels right for you.
If you are a back sleeper look for a pillow that will cradle or support your neck and head without losing your natural curve. Begin with a medium firm, medium height pillow filled with memory foam, latex foam, or down alternative. Because sleeping on the back can cause snoring due to the tongue blocking the airway, propping yourself up using a wedge pillow with other pillows can help.
If you are the type to roll over on your stomach to sleep, then your face is quite close to the mattress. Using a soft or thin and scrunchable pillow that is filled with thin foam, polyester, down alternative, or feathers or down can keep the necks natural curve. Don’t use a firm or high height pillow as it can cause neck pain.
If you are a combination sleeper, and constantly changing positions, then you may need a softer or firmer selections. One that is low in the center for back sleeping and high on the sides for side sleeping. The best type of pillow for this is pillows made from multiple materials or buckwheat hulls.