Your pillow is a highly personal object, your fluffy friend that softly guides you off to sleep each night. More than that, though, it’s a tool for keeping your head, neck, and spine in neutral alignment, and for supporting the spine’s natural curvature. How many times have you awoken in pain because you slept on the wrong pillow? The right pillow keeps your spine neutral, alleviating neck pain and relieving pressure throughout your body. So how do you know which pillow is right for you?

Consider Your Sleeping Position

Back, side, and stomach sleepers all require different types of pillows.

For back sleepers, choose medium loft and medium firmness.

This will support your head, keeping it above the mattress without straining your neck. Choose materials that will conform to pressure and will comfortably cradle your head.

Side sleepers need higher loft and firmer support.

A lofty pillow will keep your head raised and your spine in alignment, while also relieving pressure on your shoulder. Firm support will keep your head from gradually sinking down as the night wears on.

If you sleep on your stomach look for low loft and soft support.

It’s hard to have your head in alignment when you’re sleeping on your stomach. In fact, many experts recommend avoiding a stomach-sleeping position because of the strain it can put on your neck and back. Compressible fill materials like down or feathers are a good option for those who choose to sleep on their stomachs, because they can be compressed to provide very low loft.

Think About Your Sleep Quirks

Are you a hot sleeper? You might want to choose a pillow with cooling properties. If you’re a combination sleeper or you can’t settle on a sleep style, a pillow with customizable support may be your best bet. If you like to sleep with one arm under your pillow, a fluffy, shapeable pillow may be for you. Do you sweat at night? Look for a pillow with moisture-wicking properties.

Factor in Your Preferences

Do you want a pillow that’s eco-friendly? Look for all natural, sustainable materials. It’s also best to go with organic, hypoallergenic materials if you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts. If you’re looking for a socially conscious brand – like a company that donates pillows to the less fortunate -- do your research prior to making your pillow purchase.

Pillow Selection is Key for Restful Sleep

The right pillow is important if you’re going to get a good night’s sleep. For the best sleep of your life, though, come down and find your perfect mattress at Mancini’s Sleepworld. To learn more, contact us or call 800-647-5337.