What is Best Pillow for me?
Best Pillows for Back Sleepers
Choose a pillow that is not too firm or too high as you want your neck supported with your head at the same level as your upper spine.
According to an article by Harvard Medical School, a rounded pillow with built-in neck support that supports the natural curve of your neck and an indentation for the neck is a good way to go.
One option for people exeperincing a sore neck or neck pain is to consider a contoured pillow (however if pain persists consult a health profession such as a chrioprator or physiotherapist).
A medium profile pillow is typically recomended for back sleepers.
Best Pillows for Side Sleepers
The key is to keep your spine straight with a pillow that is higher at the neck and lower at the head. There should be no gap between your neck and your pillow when lying on your side. Hence try and find a pillow that conforms to your head while providing support. Memory Foam or Contoured Pillows and Latex Pillows provide good support while remain comfortable and retaining their shape and support.
A high profile pillow is recommended for side sleepers with a larger frame.
A medium profile pillow is recommended for side sleepers with a medium frame.
Best Pillows for Tummy Sleepers
Experts don’t recommend sleeping on your stomach. When you do so, it causes your back to arch and neck to turn, straining your neck and spine.
If you do find yourself unable to sleep any other way or waking up mostly on your stomach, then it’s advisable to choose a very soft, flat pillow or no pillow at all to help keep your neck and spine as level as possible.
A low profile pillow is recommended for stomach sleepers.
Ideal for stomach sleepers or small framed adults
Ideal for back sleepers or medium framed side sleeping adults
Ideal for side sleepers or large framed adults
Contoured Profile Pillows
Ideal for back sleepers, side sleepers, or medium framed adults
For when they move from a cot to their first bed
What is the best pillow for neck pain?
If you are suffering from a sore neck and looing for the best pillow for neck pain - you might like to consider a contoured pillow which matches the natural shape of your head,neck, and shoulders providing continuous support and elimiating presure points and compression of the neck vertebrae.
If a contoured pillow is not your preference - make sure you are selecting the right profile pillow for your body size and sleeping position as this is one of the leading causes of neck pain as the pillow is not maintaining the correct / neutral alignment of your spine
Also look for pillows that have been have been Endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association - such as the Dunlopillo Pillow range
Note: If pain persists consult a heath professional such as a General Practictioner, Physiotherapist or Chiropractor.