Everyone has their favorite sleeping position, for example snorers prefer to rest on their side while others sleep on their backs. Since some of these positions aren’t necessarily ideal for your nighttime posture, it’s important to choose a pillow that’s comfortable and can adequately support your head, neck, and shoulders.
Remember that quality sleep is important for good health and a good pillow is also vital for quality sleep.
What filling should a comfortable pillow have?
The type of filling of the pillow and its compactness are an important factor for your sleep. Let’s review the main types of upholstery available on the market.
A good quality polyester pillow will provide comfort and support, but since they tend to form lumps, you’ll need to replace them more frequently than other types of pillows. These models easily flatten into a low, comfortable shape, so they’re a good choice for stomach sleepers. These products generally have an average shelf life of 3 years.
Memory foam pillows
Memory foam can be custom made, keeps its shape for years, and is hypoallergenic, so it’s a good option if you have allergies or asthma. These visco-elastic polyurethane products conform to your body shape and relieve pressure on sensitive areas, but can make nighttime travel difficult, so they may not be the best choice for restless sleep. These products generally have an average shelf life of 6 years.
I advise you to read the ranking of the best memory foam pillows
Natural latex pillows
Natural latex is generally an ecological and biodegradable product obtained from the sap of certain types of rubber trees. Latex pillows last for years before needing to be replaced and have the added benefit of being hypoallergenic. Latex comes in a variety of shapes, profiles and densities. These products generally have an average shelf life of 5 years.
Down and feather pillows
These pillows are usually made with a combination of both materials. A higher percentage of down is representative of a softer pillow that will last longer and can be more easily molded to your preferred shape. The downside is that they can be quite expensive and cause allergies. These products generally have an average lifespan of 6 years.
Cushions in cotton or wool
Cotton or wool pillows are soft and can be added on top of a firm pillow if extra support is needed. Both fibers are very breathable, minimizing the risk of sweating. Very interesting characteristic of cotton, it is hypoallergenic. These products generally have an average lifespan of 3 years.
Comfortable pillow and sleeping position
Below you will find a series of guidelines for choosing a comfortable pillow that best suits the positions you adopt during the night. Obviously, these are personal considerations dictated by my experience as a pillow and mattress tester. The choice of pillow depends on factors such as weight, posture, possible pathologies of the cervical spine or gastric disorders.
If you have neck and shoulder pain
Whatever position you prefer to rest in, if you experience neck and shoulder discomfort, it is always best to choose a specific neck pillow. Its double wave shape is designed to adequately accommodate the cervical spine, promoting the alignment of the 7 vertebrae of the neck.
If you wake up with neck pain, I suggest you read the ranking of the best neck pillows.
If you sleep on your side
A natural latex compact pillow is ideal for side sleepers as it ensures that the spine is properly supported at a consistent height.
If you sleep on your stomach
A soft, flat pillow is ideal for stomach sleepers as it provides support without lifting the head and neck too much. In this regard, I recommend a fiber or feather pillow.
If you sleep on your back
To properly support your neck and head, I recommend a medium-stiffness memory foam pillow.
If you change position during the night
If you adopt different positions during the night, the best choice is a versatile pillow, generally the fiber or feather models are the most adaptable to the different positions.
Medical surveillance of the guide
This article was produced under the direction of Dr. Pierpaolo Camellispecialized in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Osteopathy.