How to Choose the right pillow? If you sleep on your back you will want a medium pillow that holds your head at an angle of approximately 15 degrees. If you are a side-sleeper your pillow will need to be a medium or firm fill so that it holds your head and neck in a straight line with your spine. Select a soft pillow if you sleep on your stomach.
If you sleep on your side you will need to know how to choose the right pillow that fills the space between the bed, your shoulder and your head. The pillow will need to support your head so that your spine is parallel to the mattress. If you find yourself sleeping with a hand or arm under your pillow, chances are that your
pillow is too soft and while your spine will be aligned, you will wake with tingling, numbness or cramps in your arms. For sleeping in this position you should try a medium or firm pillow, depending on your build (people with large frames will need a firm pillow).
Back sleepers need a pillow that will support the natural curve of your neck, but not lift your head too high off the bed. The ideal height is an angle of 15 degrees. Contour pillows are made with different heights on both edges and come in small, medium and large. Again, if you are a small build you should look for a small contour pillow. If you use a micro-fiber or feather and/or down pillow, to prepare the pillow for your sleep, cluster the contents at the edge of the pillow closest to your shoulders and make a hollow in the middle of the pillow for your head. Buckwheat is ideal because the fill molds to the shape of your head, neck and shoulders.
Chiropractors will recommend against you sleeping on your stomach because of the pressure it places on the natural curve of your neck. To break yourself of this habit, we recommend you use a soft micro-fiber, feather and down, or down pillow. This will cradle your head at a minimum height from the mattress. In addition, by using a body pillow lengthwise under one side of your body you will gently raise your body towards a side sleeping position. You should find after a few weeks that a side position feels more natural.