Pillow Talk: How To Choose the Right Sleep Pillow

A good night’s sleep rests on the right pillow. A pillow has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Not only does it support your head and neck, it helps align and maintain the curvature of your spine during sleep, so you have a restorative experience instead of one that causes further aches and pains.

The best pillow is not one size fits all. And if you don’t give much thought to where you lay your head, you should. According to Chris Schollenberger, director of PureSleep at Art Van Furniture, 30% of the comfort of your sleep will come from your pillow.

“A mattress should cradle your spine and the pillow is responsible for the neck up,” he says. “The goal is to have you lying in bed with the same posture you use when you stand. And for that reason, people should purchase their mattress and pillow together.”

The pillow that would be fitted for you depends upon your answer. Pillows come in different lofts, which are based on gaps presented. If you sleep on your side, you need a higher loft. If you sleep on your back, you require a lower loft. And stomach sleepers need pillows with the lowest loft. According to WebMD, 63% percent of Americans sleep on their side, 14% sleep on their back, and 16% on their stomach. Once you know your sleep position, you can choose the pillow that will provide proper support.

 

Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side, you need a firm, full pillow that will fill the space between your ear and shoulder. Look for one that will maintain its shape to eliminate neck pain. Sleep experts say sleeping on your side provides the most comfortable position for your spine, and can help alleviate back pain.

 

Stomach Sleeper

If you’re a stomach sleeper experts say you might not even need a pillow for your head, but you can tuck one beneath your stomach to avoid lower back pain. Sleeping on your stomach causes strain on your lower back and has the potential for causing neck pain. Sleep experts do not recommend this position, but if this is the best way you can fall asleep, choose a thin, almost flat pillow.

 

Back Sleeper

If you sleep on your back, you need a thin pillow, too. Look for one with extra loft in the bottom third to provide cradling for your neck. You can also place a soft pillow under your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your spine.

 

For more pillow choices, visit Art Van Pure Sleep where you’ll learn about our complete sleep system that includes a mattress, foundation, mattress protector and pillow. Getting fitted to the right pillow could be the difference between tossing and turning and getting the best sleep!

How’d You Sleep Last Night?


If you’re like 60% of Americans, your answer to that question is something like, “Not too well.” Better sleep is tied to sharper memory, improved mood, and overall better health. How do we get the rest we crave?

 

Bedtime Basics.

  • Moderate exercise during the day can help you sleep better, but avoid strenuous workouts within three hours of bedtime
  • Keep a fairly consistent bedtime ritual, like brushing your teeth, washing your face, and reading for 20 minutes. These cues will tell your brain it’s time to start unwinding, helping you relax
  • Create a quiet, cool sleep environment, with no TV or computers and dim lighting or nightlights for when you have to get up during the night

But even if your room is the ideal sleep sanctuary, you may still be waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Tossing and turning on the wrong mattress and pillow is one of the leading causes of poor sleep. Luckily, we can help you find the right one.

Mattress Bliss. It begins with the proper sleep system: a mattress, foundation, pillow, and mattress pad or protector. To find the right sleep system for you, Art Van Furniture offers exclusive and free My Side Technology™ from Sleep to Live®. This computerized program replaces guesswork with science by using 18 statistical measurements and over 1,000 calculations that scan both your and your partner’s bodies to build a profile based on sleep preferences, patterns, and needs, to the perfect bed with two sides in one.

Rest Easy. Make sure you buy the best sleep system you can afford to guarantee you get the restorative sleep your body requires. Remember, the mattress you select should be longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. And if you’re sharing a bed, allow yourself enough room to fold your arms behind your head without going beyond the mattress edge or touching your partner’s elbows.

Discover how much better your sleep experience can be at your nearest Art Van Furniture store today, or visit us at artvan.com.

And don’t miss our PureSleep expos at our Canton and new Rochester PureSleep locations! We’ll have experts on hand to answer questions, as well as the chance for you to take home prizes and gifts!

The ribbon-cutting at our new Rochester PureSleep location!