Which Pillow do I Need?

Which Pillow do I Need?

Sleeping Positions


Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side you will need a pillow that fills the space between the bed, your shoulder
and your head. The pillow will need to support your head so that your spine is parallel to the
mattress. If you find yourself sleeping with a hand or arm under your pillow, chances are that your
pillow is too soft and while your spine will be aligned, you will wake with tingling, numbness or
cramps in your arms. For sleeping in this position you should try a medium or firm pillow,
depending on your build (people with large frames will need a firm pillow).
Back Sleeper

Back sleepers need a pillow that will support the natural curve of your neck, but not lift your head too high off the bed. The ideal height is an angle of 15 degrees. Contour pillows are made with different heights on both edges and come in small, medium and large. Again, if you are a small build you should look for a small contour pillow. If you use a micro-fiber or feather and/or down pillow, to prepare the pillow for your sleep, cluster the contents at the edge of the pillow closest to your shoulders and make a hollow in the middle of the pillow for your head. Buckwheat is ideal because the fill molds to the shape of your head, neck and shoulders.
Stomach Sleeper

Chiropractors will recommend against you sleeping on your stomach because of the pressure it
places on the natural curve of your neck. To break yourself of this habit, we recommend you use
a soft micro-fiber, feather and down, or down pillow. This will cradle your head at minimum height
from the mattress. In addition, by using a body pillow lengthwise under one side of your body you
will gently raise your body towards a side sleeping position. You should find after a few weeks
that a side position feels more natural.