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What Is The Best Pillow For Sidesleepers?

23 February 2021

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What Is The Best Pillow For Sidesleepers?

Some people sleep on their side, some on their back, some on their front, and some of us do a combination of all three, but if you predominantly sleep on your side which is the best sidesleeper pillow for you?

First of all you have to understand the potential issues of sleeping on your side. What you need to consider is the difference in distance between the back of your head and the line of your spine. Ideally you want everthing in close alignment. The distance between these two points when you sleep on your back is maybe 2 or 3 centimetres. If you slept without a pillow your head would be tilted with your chin slightly down as the back of your raises your head slightly. Using a pillow allow the head to align with the spine without this tilt. 

When you sleep on your side the angle of tilt is much greater because you are now looking at the width of your shoulder. The broader your shoulders the greater this tilt, so of you lay on your side without a pillow your head would tilt down sideways at this much greater angle. This applies tension and pressure to your neck muscles, potentially giving you the symptoms of a stiff neck.

It is this difference in the tilt angle that means that you need a different type of pillow.

So what makes a good pillow for side sleepers?

The best pillow for sidesleepers is one that is quite deep, because you are trying to bridge that distance between the side of your face and the mattress and a slim pillow just isn't going to fill that gap. However, you also have to factor in that the weight of your head will compress the pillow. This means that a pillow that just fills the gap isn't going to be enough, and neither is a pillow that has a very soft filling that just disappears when you apply any weight to it.

So typically the distance between the side of your face and the mattress is somewhere in the region of 10-15cm, so to bridge the gap and offer support anything less than 15cm will not do it. You need to be looking at 20cm to bridge the gap and then still fill it once your heads weight is applied.

You need a filling that is supportive. Feather filled pillows tend not to have enough support because the individual feathers just seperate and move apart as your head sinks into it and you just end up with your head sitting in the middle of two piles of feathers. So the filling needs to be something that is soft supportive but not able to seperate off into two seperate piles.

At this point you might think of a foam pillow, memory foam in particular, because it is supportive and can't seperate out. Unfortunately memory foam has some other issues which won't solve the problem. One is that memory foam pillows are just too thin to do the job.  A typical memory foam pillow is usually at most 15cm deep and whilst they are firmer than other pillows, they just don't fill that gap well enough.

The next factor to take into account when choosing the best side sleeper pillow is the pillows profile. Most pillows are essentially two panels of fabric sewn together with a filling inside. This gives a tapering profile with the thickest part of the pillow in the centre, it then tapers out to where the sewn seams meet around the edge. This means that the filling gets thinner and less supportive, the closer to the seam to are. The full supportive depth is only in the middle of the pillow. This mean that the part closest to your neck is the thinnest part of the pillow. The only way that you can get the fullest support here is to squash it into your neck, but as you sleep it just moves back away.

The way to solve this problem is to choose a pillow with a box profile. This means that there are no very thin tapering edges. A good box profile pillow will have a 10cm deep panel all around the pillow, to tuck into that gap between your face and the mattress and then be overfilled to create a deeper raised section towards the centre where your head will be.

So which is the best pillow for side sleepers?

Here at Snugnights sleep is our speciality. We have taken all of these issues into account to come up with what we believe to be the world's best pillow for side sleepers. Yes a bold claim we know, but let's just look at our pillow in relation to the points discussed earlier.

So side sleepers need a pillow that is deep enough to bridge that gap between your face and your mattress and still bridge it when you factor in the weight of your head compressing the pillow further. Our pillow is 20cm deep at the point where your head is in contact, meaning that it can compress by 5-10cm whilst still filling the gap.

The filling needs to remain in position and not to seperate out into a pile on either side of your head. Our pillow is overfilled with a continous wad of bounceback superfibre. It compresses as your head rests on it, but the filling cannot seperate. It's bounceback qualities mean that as you move about the pillow reforms back into its original shape offering gentle resistance for true support.

The pillow needs to have a square or box edge to lose the thin taper that you get on the edge of traditional profile pillows. Our pillow has a 10cm deep box edge that allows it to tuck right into your neck where the profile that rises to 20cm at the centre of the pillow. 

This really is the perfect pillow for anyone that sleeps on their side, providing all the features and benefits that you need, and best of all this amazing pillow is just £17.99

Click here to buy yours today - The best pillow for people who sleep on their side