Sleep is an integral part of your body’s health. Getting proper sleep is essential to tackling daily life. 

Pillows contribute much to how well you sleep at night. Using the wrong kind of pillow could lead to sleep deprivation, which can cause other health problems that can be detrimental to your productivity.  

The importance of choosing the right pillow cannot be underestimated. That’s why we have included the following pointers to help you choose the right pillow for you and finally get the good night’s sleep you deserve. 

Preferred Sleeping Position

The first factor to account for when choosing a pillow is your sleeping position. Everyone has a favorite sleeping position that they feel comfortable with. 

Typically people sleep in one of three basic positions. You may be surprised to discover that which position you tend toward affects which type of pillow you should purchase. 

Back Sleepers

While this sleeping position may promote alignment of your spine it may cause problems for those with sleep apnea or snoring issues. 

Back-sleepers should look for a pillow with neck and head support. Look for pillows featuring sufficient loft and density. 

Make sure that any pillow you use provides a natural angle for your head and neck. Too much or too little loft can result in neck and head pain. 

Side Sleepers

The position position of choice for those who sleep best in a fetal position, side-sleeping can also relieve snoring problems, lower back pain, or indigestion. However side-sleeping can also put pressure on your jaw and shoulders, causing tension and pain.

Side-sleepers should choose a pillow that promotes a neutral head position and spine alignment. 

Look for a pillow with sufficient firmness and loft to maintain a neutral spine and keep weight off your shoulders.

Stomach Sleepers

Often preferred by people who suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, sleeping your stomach can also put strain on your hips, abdomen and neck. 

Look for a pillow that is not so firm or full as to push your head out of alignment with your spine while you sleep. 

Filling Type

Filling is an important factor to consider when selecting a pillow. The filling contributes to the loft, density, and cost of your pillow, and has implications for health and hygiene as well.

Different fill types have various pros and cons. 

Down Feather Filling

Expensive and very soft, down pillows are lightweight and malleable.

They need to be fluffled daily and may retain heat, and may cause issues for anyone who suffers from allergies. 

Polyester Fiberfill

These down alternatives are hypoallergenic and typically much less expensive than down pillows, but cannot compete in terms of softness or longevity.

Buckwheat Hulls

These long-lasting pillows are known for their coolness, breathability, and ability to maintain their shape.

However, they are usually very heavy and not very malleable. 

Memory Foam 

These types of pillows provide spine and neck support by conforming to the shape of your body and are known to relieve back, neck and shoulder pain.

They can, however, contain undesirable chemicals or retain heat, and are not always hypoallergenic. 

Talalay Latex

With all the advantages of memory foam, The natural properties of Talalay latex create an internal foam environment that does not support the existence of fungus or bacteria, without the necessity of any unhealthy chemicals or pesticides. Talalay latex is naturally hypoallergenic and, when formed correctly, can adapt to any sleeping position to help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.


Choose a Pillow That Suits You

When choosing a pillow, pay attention to the quality of the materials and take into consideration your specific needs and sleep patterns.   By following these tips, you can find a pillow that will provide the restful night’s sleep that you deserve.

Still need advice?  Contact us today and let us help you select your perfect pillow.

Dr. Hall
Dr. Ray Hall

Dr. Raymond Hall, the renowned DC, inventor, author, lecturer, television personality and sleep expert who has been honored by the International Association of Healthcare Providers as the "TOP CHIROPRACTOR IN CALIFORNIA" for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Dr Hall currently practices at Pacific Coast Sports Medicine in West Los Angeles and lives in Malibu, CA.