A good night’s sleep is impossible without the right pillow. But pillow shopping can quickly become a game of Goldilocks — some pillows are too soft, too hard, too tall, or too slim. The key to choosing the best pillow is to find one that fits your sleeping style. Here’s a basic guide to finding the best pillow for your sleeping style, whether you’re a side, tummy, or back sleeper.
Side sleepers do best with firm pillows. Choose a pillow with a wide gusset, which will bridge the gap between your shoulder and ear. The goal is to keep your head from cramping in your sleep. Bonus: Sleeping on your side with a firm pillow between your knees will align your spine.
If you sleep on your stomach, finding the right pillow can be challenging. Traditional pillows prop our heads up, which becomes uncomfortable as a tummy sleeper. Instead, find a pillow that allows your head to rest evenly without any strain. Your best option is to go with a soft pillow with a slightly inclined structure, which will allow your head and neck to rest comfortably.
If you’re a back sleeper, look for a pillow with divots in it for your head and neck. Go with a medium-firm texture — something that’s not too hard but still firm enough to offer neck support. Without proper support, your head may tilt back while sleeping, leading to discomfort and cramps.