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Side sleepers need a pillow that keeps their head and neck in alignment at night. A pillow that is too high will hyperextend their head, while a thin option won’t give enough support. The best pillow types can come in memory foam, down, or polyester fill, but a medium firmness is ideal.
“The height and thickness of the pillow is critical,” explains Robert Hayden, DC, chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. “If it is too tall or too short, it will create angles in the neck that may cause long-term harm, such as chronic strains or bone spurs.” Dr. Hayden adds that the pillow should be firm enough that the head does not burrow into it, creating those angles while you sleep.
We tested the below options for durability, comfort, and quality after months of sleep and found the Coop Home Goods Original Loft Pillow to be the best pick for most side sleepers, but when it comes to pillows, personal preference plays a big part.
After months of testing, here are the best pillows for side sleepers.
When it comes to the best pillow for side sleepers, we recommend the Coop Home Goods Adjustable Pillow. It’s filled with a combination of memory foam and microfiber so it’s both breathable and hypoallergenic. However, if neck pain keeps you up at night, Parachute’s Down Alternative Side Sleeper Pillow is an excellent choice. The unique construction helps keep your body in proper alignment throughout the night for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
To compile this list, we first researched highly rated pillows on the market. Then, we put our top picks to the test at The Lab in Des Moines, Iowa, evaluating each option’s quality, construction, and durability. Our long-term side sleeper testers then took each of our picks home to sleep on and test for weeks. They noted if their sleep was enhanced or hurt during this time, earning them high or low marks. With our writer’s research and our tester’s notes, we published our final results.
Pillows come in a whole range of materials, and each has its pros and cons. Think about what is most important to you, and look for a material that supports that. For instance, memory foam pillows are firm and maintain their shape well, but they can trap heat at night. In that case, look for one specifically made to regulate our temperature, like Marlow’s. Our tester loved that they didn’t overheat throughout the night. Down pillows and polyester-stuffed pillows are fluffy and pliable, but may not offer enough support for those who like a firm place to lay their head. For a hypoallergenic option, look for a down alternative like our pick from Parachute.
Look for a pillow shape that will properly support your neck and accommodate your shoulders properly when you sleep on your side. The best pillows for side sleepers are a bit boxy, rather than round, in order to keep your neck and spine aligned as you sleep.
In the case of pillows, softer isn’t always better. While your preferred firmness is a personal decision, side sleepers will need a medium-firm pillow to keep your neck properly aligned while you rest. If you like a super-soft surface to lay your head, consider a pillow with a firmer core and a fluffier outer layer to give you the best of both worlds. Some brands even offer an adjustable firmness like Marlow or three different pillow heights like Purple, both of which scored big points with our testers.
Just as you’d wash your sheets and beddings, you may want to wash your pillows from time to time. The good news is, many pillows can go in the washing machine. Foam pillows may not tolerate the agitation of a washing machine, so stick with hand washing for those. Before you wash any pillow, read the care instructions on the label. In general, it’s best to use the gentle cycle, cool water, and mild detergent.
Over time, your pillow can accumulate dirt and allergens and lose its shape, which can affect your sleep comfort. According to the Sleep Foundation, it’s a good idea to replace your pillows every one or two years. Of course, you can try a new pillow any time you want!
As with any fabric, a pillow can discolor over time due to normal wear and tear. If you wear makeup or sweat, you may notice more yellowing on your pillow. Taking care of your bedding with regular washing can increase its longevity, but you may need to replace your pillow if it’s yellow beyond repair (if only for aesthetic purposes).
This article was written by Cristina Sanza, a lifestyle writer specializing in home products and organization hacks. She reviews the latest and greatest home products for The Spruce. Her work has been featured on Bustle, Ranker, Inside The Magic, and Upright Citizens Brigade. For this list, she used insights from product testers, who slept on each pillow for weeks, evaluating the durability, softness, and comfort of each.
For additional background on pillows, we spoke to Dr. Samantha March-Howard, doctor of chiropractic at 100% Chiropractic office in Dunwoody, Georgia, as well as Robert Hayden, DC, chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. Additional reporting was done by Ashley Abramson, a writer whose work has appeared in MyDomaine, the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, InStyle, and more.
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