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How to Choose the Perfect Pillow for Your Sleep Position

There are various pillow choices out there, but the best choice for you depends on your sleep position. Whether you sleep on your back, side or stomach, the role of a perfect pillow is to keep your head and neck in the same neutral position you have while standing to protect your spine. Although you may switch positions while you sleep, starting out with the perfect pillow for your favorite way to lie can help you stay comfortable all night.

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Back sleepers
To prevent your head from being too far forward, if you're a back sleeper you should use a thinner pillow. A pillow with extra support in the bottom third designed to cradle your neck is also a good idea. A medium to thin pillow works well for back sleepers, but depends on your particular build. To help align your spine while sleeping on your back, consider placing an additional pillow underneath your knees. Supporting the natural curvature of your upper spine is essential for a back sleeper, so try a pillow with medium firmness to support your head, neck and shoulders.

Side sleepers
To fill the space between the ear and outside shoulder, you need a firmer pillow as a side sleeper. A majority of people sleep on their side and this requires proper support for the head and neck so you can wake up feeling rested and full of energy. A medium density, firm pillow keeps your spine in a straight, horizontal line and prevents waking up with aches and pains in your neck and shoulders.

Stomach sleepers
If you're a stomach sleeper, you may not require a pillow, but you can consider tucking a thin, perfect pillow under your stomach to prevent lower back pain. Using a pillow that's too high when you're a back sleeper can force your spine into an unnatural position that can lead to neck and backaches. The best pillow for a stomach sleeper is usually soft and thin.

All position sleepers
When you're someone who shifts positions through all of the above positions during your sleep, the perfect pillow isn't too dense or high, but also provides ample support for your particular build in all sleep positions. If you find you need something firmer or higher, try different pillows until you find the best fit.

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