How to Pick the Right Pillow for You
Mon, 02/25/2019 – 10:53
A rejuvenating night’s sleep could be right under your head—or your ear, depending on your preferred sleeping position. Choosing a pillow that corresponds to the way you sleep can dramatically improve the quality of your shut-eye, especially if you have special considerations like back pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or sleep apnea. Before you start browsing, determine your sleep position type. We change positions frequently when we sleep, so begin by asking which position are you usually in when you wake up? If you’re a side sleeper (as the vast majority of people are), look for a pillow that will support your head, neck and ear as well as your shoulder comfortably. You might also consider placing a pillow between your knees or thighs to help maintain spinal alignment as you sleep. People who sleep on their back may benefit from thinner pillows which help to limit stress on the neck. Stomach sleepers likely need the thinnest pillow of all to keep their spine as straight as possible and minimize stress on the lower back. If you suffer from neck or upper back pain, look for a pillow that will help the spine maintain its natural, neutral position. Some of these pillows
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