It’s hard to overestimate just how important our pillows are to providing us with a great night’s sleep. Unless we get good support for our head, neck and shoulders, a good sleep is almost impossible.
There are many different types of pillow, each one suited to a particular sleep style, so how do you choose the right pillow for you? Let’s begin your search for the perfect pillow by identifying your sleep style.
This is widely considered by the medical profession to be the best position to sleep in. Sleeping on our backs helps to keep the spine in a straight alignment and spreads our body weight evenly across a wider area.
If you sleep on your back, using just one thin pillow will provide you with the support you need. Be careful not to use pillows that are too deep – this pushes the head forward towards the chest, creating a pressure point and restricting the airway.
The good news for back sleepers is that they have the widest choice of pillow types available to them. There’s a good choice of Silentnight pillows at sleepy people.com with many suitable pillow types for you. Remember to look for fairly low profile pillows with your preferred filling type inside.
According to an WebMD article on sleep positions, 63% of us find it more comfortable to sleep on our sides. Side sleeping means that our pillow needs to bridge the gap between our ear and shoulder. This means that you’ll need a deep, firm pillow, or possibly two pillows to do provide you with the levels of support you need.
Contoured pillows, usually made from memory foam, are perfect for side sleepers. Their shaped profile is designed to fit into the space between our neck and ear offering complete support without painful pressure points.
Sleeping on our front means that our faces are pressed into our pillow in a way that often restricts our airway. This can mean a restless night’s sleep, with frequent changes of position to keep our airway open.
Providing you do not have a latex allergy, a latex pillow is good for stomach sleepers. Latex pillows have a vented construction that means they are breathable, allowing greater airflow through the pillow and easier breathing.
We hope our guide has helped you in your search for a better pillow and that you’ll soon be getting a great night’s sleep on the perfect pillow for you.