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.
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.
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.
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!