Most people spend about a third of their life sleeping, but many do not get the most out of their sleep. Choosing the Best Pillows for Sleeping is important to good sleep, and the pillow must be both comfortable and provide anatomically correct alignment for your head, neck, and spine.
Most pillows are designed for people who sleep on their backs, but are uncomfortable for side sleepers or people who sleep on either their back or sides. By choosing a pillow that is designed for sleeping on either your side or back, you may sleep more comfortably through the night.
When adjusting from a regular pillow to one that provides proper support, it sometimes takes time for your neck and body to adjust. It may be helpful to keep your old pillow around for up to two weeks while you get accustomed to your new pillow.
Choosing a Pillow Designed for Sleep Problems
Sleep Apnea Pillows
Many pillows are designed to alleviate common sleep problems by correctly positioning your neck. By doing so, a pillow can open up blocked airways and lessen snoring and sleep apnea. Splintek SleepRight Side Sleeping Pillow, Deluxe Comfort Better Sleep Pillow, Sleep Better Pillow™ – Unique Orthopedic Pillow, or SONA FDA-Cleared Anti-Snore and Mild Sleep Apnea Pillow may help to alleviate sleep apnea.
Pillows for Snorers
Tri-Core Pillows – Standard Size Models, Splintek SleepRight Side Sleeping Pillow, Arc4life Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow, Sleep Better Pillow™ – Unique Orthopedic Pillow, Vibrating Anti-Snore Sleep Better Pillow Nighttime, or the SONA FDA-Cleared Anti-Snore and Mild Sleep Apnea Pillow may help to alleviate snoring.
Organic Pillows for People with Allergies
If you suffer from allergies, you may sleep better with a hyperallergenic pillow or a pillow made from organically grown natural fibers such as the Rejuvenation Millet Pillow – Organic Millet & Wool for Side Sleepers.
Temperature Adjusting Pillows
If you have problems sleeping when you get too warm or cool, the hyperallergenic Iso-Cool Memory Foam Pillow or the Z by Malouf GELLED MICROFIBER Gel Fiber Filled Pillow may help your body to regulate its temperature during the night.
Extra Large and Small Pillows
For those who have trouble finding a pillow large or small enough, the Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow comes in five sizes, from child to extra large adult pillow.
If you have trouble finding a pillow that is soft or firm enough, an adjustable pillow such as the Rejuvenation Millet Pillow, the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, or the Chiroflow Water Pillow may help you to sleep more comfortably.
A leg pillow may increase your comfort by lessening the pressure on your hips, legs, and spine.
Choose Best Pillows for Sleeping Reviews
By simply adding water, this pillow adjusts to the most comfortable level of support for you, soft, medium, or firm. At a clinical study performed at John Hopkins University, this pillow rank the best of all those tested in all five categories. In the study, sleepers were assessed for how long it took them to fall asleep, how often they awoke during the night, how long it took to go back to sleep after waking up, the overall sleep quality as perceived by the participants, and the reduction of neck pain. You may wake less often since the waterbase responds to your head movement as you sleep and maintains proper support. The outer layer is a soft hyperallergenic polyester and will fit into standard or queen pillowcases. By Mediflow, this pillow costs about $28.50 and includes a 100% cotton pillow cover that can be machine washed and dried.
The high-resiliency fiberfill construction of this pillow springs back after being compressed, so it is exceptionally comfortable and durable. This is the longest-lasting Tri-Core pillow to date. The center of the pillow cradles your head and supports your neck in a natural position to reduce neck pain and increase stability. This pillow is recommended by health care professionals to provide a better night’s sleep by opening blocked airways to reduce snoring. This pillow comes in three sizes for different sizes of bodies from children to average-sized adults. Most people who use this pillow notice improved sleep from within 2 days to up to 2 weeks, since neck and back muscles will adjust to sleeping in the proper position. It includes a 100% cotton cover in white and will fit standard-sized pillowcases. By Core Products, choose from the standard, mid-core, and cervical pillows, which cost from about $27 to $31.
This memory foam pillow helps reduce snoring and insomnia by cradling your face and reducing pressure on your jaws and your ears. This helps by increasing blood flow to your face, which reduces morning facial tissue creasing and sagging. Used by medical professionals all over the world, this advanced side sleeping pillow design helps to reduce snoring, insomnia, and sleep apnea while providing the ultimate support for your head, neck and jaw. The pillow cradles your head and supports the correct angle between of your upper body while you are sleeping on your side. This improved spinal position is anatomically correct and reduces the amount of body weight and pressure on your shoulders and reduces the pressure on blood vessels to your arms. The built-in airway contours keep your nose above the pillow, improving breathing. The elastic memory foam adjusts to your personal anatomy as well as the temperature of your body and the weight of your head, stabilizing your head, shoulders, and neck while you are resting. By Splintek, this pillow costs about $90 and is covered by a five-year warranty.
This pillow helps eliminate a sore or stiff neck from sleeping in incorrect position. By holding your neck in the correct position, it reduces snoring. Each side of the pillow is a different height for side and back sleepers. The nonallergenic foam is environmentally friendly and comes with a machine washable zippered pillow cover. By Therapeutica, this pillow costs about $66 and comes with a five year warranty against losing its shape or resilience.
this pillow is made of gel coated microfibers, an alternative to traditional down filling that still has the traditional down feeling. Like down pillows, the construction is breathable so it maintains a comfortable sleeping temperature. The gel fibers provide maximum softness and comfort while resisting microbes and dust mites. The filling stays in place without clumping or shifting, and quickly regains its height. The pillow fits into standard pillowcases and is made by Z by Malouf, costing about $18.
This doctor approved pillow is comfortable in any sleeping position. If you ever have trouble finding a comfortable place for your arms while you are sleeping, this multiposition pillow is contoured and has a recessed portion on the underneath and along the long edge of the bottom side. The memory foam supports your head and body in a healthy spinal posture for better circulation to eliminate morning stiffness and relieve sleep apnea. A soft, zippered, machine washable velour cover is included. By DeluxeComfort.com, this pillow costs about $99.
This pillow helps you to wake up without neck and muscle pain by supporting your head and neck properly and relieving pressure whether you sleep on your back or side. The anatomically correct positioning of your head and neck helps you to breathe easier and reduces snoring by opening up restricted airways. One side of the pillow provides traction and a gentle stretch, while the other side provides excellent spinal support. Sleeping in the correct posture helps to improve your spinal alignment naturally and blood naturally flows better through relaxed muscles. By Arc4life, this pillow costs about $68 and fits inside of most standard pillowcases.
This multiposition pillow helps you to awake without tenseness and fully refreshed. Whether you sleep on your side or back, the therapeutic design opens airways to reduce snoring and aligns your spine and neck properly to reduce snoring and sleep apnea. It has recesses along the long edge of the pillow and a tunnel through the center so that you have a comfortable place to put your arm. By AB Marketers, this pillow costs about $100 and includes a soft velour washable cover.
This pillow adjusts to your desired level of firmness by simply adding ordinary tap water. The Chiroflow pillow responds and adjusts to your moving from side to back by instantly and automatically adjusting to provide optimal neck and back support and comfort. This pillow has been clinically proven to help relieve pain cause by stress, injuries, or arthritis. No matter the size and shape of your body, you can adjust the pillow with the easy instructions and included funnel. By Chiroflow, this pillow costs about $40.
This pillow positions the torso correctly to help align your body to alleviate acid reflux and nasal problems due to allergies. The elevated legs on the backs side help to increase circulation, and makes it comfortable to watch television while lying on the floor or reading in bed. By Sleep Better, this pillow cost about $33 and includes a washable cover.
This pillow responds to your body’s changing temperature during the night and responds by cooling or warming. The Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® material is designed to adjust to your body’s temperature, and warms up if your body is too cool or cools down if your body is too warm. It is comfortable for side sleepers and back sleepers, and provides correct cervical support for proper head and neck alignment. The Iso-Cool pillow comes in three shapes: contour, gusseted side sleeper, and traditional. By Sleep Better, this hyperallergenic pillow costs from about $40 to $43 and comes with a 300 thread count, pure cotton, zippered cover that is machine washable.
End snoring with this pillow which vibrates when it detects snoring, prompting you to change positions. This ergonomic pillow is made of memory foam. The built-in sensor is adjustable to detect the volume of snoring and the vibration level is adjustable for light to heavy sleepers. It uses four AA batteries which are not included, and includes a removable, washable cover. By North American Healthcare, this pillow cost about $67.
This pillow helps light snorers and sufferers of mild sleep apnea with its special design. The contoured shape cradles your head to keep your spine in the best position for comfortable breathing. The SofLoft fiber fill provides firm support and maintains its shape. By SONA, this pillow costs about $53.50 and includes a washabl 100% cotton cover.
Best Organic Pillow
if you suffer from allergies, an organic buckwheat pillow may be the answer. This pillow can be customized for softness or firmness by removing some of the buckwheat. The organic wool batting on the outer layer cushions your face and ear while the buckwheat and millet hulls elevate your head and neck in an anatomically correct position. By Serenity, this organic pillow is made of natural materials and costs about $80.
Best Leg Pillows
This thermo-sensitive memory foam provides therapeutic support and more restful sleep by conforming perfectly to your body and reducing pressure on your legs, hips, and spine. By HoMedics, this pillow costs about $15 and comes with a washable velour cover.
This pillow keeps your legs and spine in a proper position by fitting between your legs. Made of memory foam, this specially designed pillow relieves pain and pressure in your lower back by keeping weight off your hips and knees while you are sleeping. By Contour, this pillow costs about $20 and includes a soft, washable velour cover.