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How to choose the right pillow for side sleeper

Most people don't think too much about the choice of pillows unless they sleep badly or hurt (often neck or back pain), but the right pillow can make a big impact on your quality of sleep, your health, and your well.

Choosing the right best pillow for side sleeper is the first step. There is no single pillow which is great for everyone. We are all different shapes and sizes and have different sleeping style and so need to choose a pillow that is right for each of us. Trouble is, there are many different categories of the knee, where would you start?

Don't worry, here are a handy reference guide pillows to help you narrow your options, you will sleep better in no time:  

What is your sleeping style?

Probably the most important factor in choosing the right pillow. This determines the required pillow support level (thickness) to adequately support your head and align your neck with your spine.

Do you mostly: 
Sleep on your front (you are a tummy sleeper) – Choose a softer pillow (down pillow or a soft, low-fill synthetic pillow)

Sleep on your back (you are a back sleeper) – Choose a medium thickness pillow (high-fill down pillow, orthopaedic memory foam pillow or medium synthetic pillow)

Sleep on your side (you are a side sleeper) – Choose a medium-high thickness pillow (high-fill down pillow, memory foam pillow or medium-high density synthetic pillow)

A mixture of all or some of these (you are a mixed sleeper) – Chooses a medium thickness pillow (high-fill down pillow or medium synthetic pillow)

 If you are a side sleeper, you should try putting a soft, low-density pillow between your knees (especially for women). You might find this unusual, but it helps to align your upper hip properly, taking the pressure off and making you very comfortable.  

Do you suffer from allergies?

Most quality down or feather pillows have usually had their fillings processed in order to remove allergy-causing particles (dander), they would also normally feature a highly-containing case to keep everything in. I’m actually allergic to feathers but I don’t have any problems with most good quality down pillows.
If you suffer badly from allergies or if you’re not sure then stick with hypo-allergenic synthetic pillow fillings.

Do you: 

Generally not suffer from allergies and are not allergic to feathers – Choosing any pillow filling would be fine

Have a known allergy to feathers, suffer from asthma or have other significant allergies – Stick with synthetic fillings such as polyester (Hollowfibre, Microfibre) or memory foam pillows

How much do you want to spend?

We’ve reviewed pillows from £2.50 to £150 each and like most things, you get what you pay for. I love a bargain but will always avoid very cheap pillows because they never last, they loose their support and shape and will reduce your sleep quality. Likewise, at the top end, very expensive pillows are not a lot better than some other pillows at half the price.

Which are you:

I want to keep costs down (£20 or less) – Go for a well made synthetic pillow from a good brand

 I’m happy to spend a little more if it means a better quality pillow (£20 to £50) – Choose a top-end synthetic pillow, luxurious down pillow or memory foam

I want the best pillow I can get (£50+) – Choose the best quality and most luxurious down pillow

 Do you suffer from sleep problems?

Lastly, there’s a wide choice of pillows designed to help people overcome particular sleep problems:

 Do any of these affect your quality of sleep: 

Snoring – Consider using an anti-snoring pillow. It can work for some.
Sleep apnea – There are pillows designed to help relieve sleep apnea symptoms
Neck pain – There’s a wide range of orthopaedic pillows designed to offer special neck support for neck pain and cervical spondylosis sufferers
Back pain – Look for a pillow which is specifically designed to help with spine alignment
Pregnancy – Choose a pillow designed with special support designed for 2nd and 3rd trimester pregnant women See reviews for all special pillows

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