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Sleep enables your body Charge, recover and ward off diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult (both before and after the pandemic), and one of the biggest problems for many of us is finding the right pillow. I’ve spent countless amounts of money on pillows thinking I found the perfect one, and maybe you’ve tried everything from memory foam and cooling gel to firm pillows, soft pillows, side sleeper pillows, and more.

The bad news: There isn’t just one perfect pillow out there. All pillows do different things, there is no one size fits all. The good news, however, is that there are things that you can consider in order to find the right pillow for you.

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Assess your health

The way we sleep affects a myriad of conditions many of us are exposed to. from sinus problems to dizziness to heartburn. If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, the pillow you are using can also interfere with your mask and prevent the airflow from being released – especially for side sleepers who are often needed special CPAP pillows. Understanding your health conditions is a first step in finding a pillow that will work best for you.

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Take a look at your sleeping habits

Habits like sleeping on your back, side, and stomach require different types of pillow support. Matthew O’Rourke, a physical therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, told Harvard Health, “Try to get your spine in a relatively straight position. But every recipe will be a little different. ” Spinal health has useful instructions on which pillows to properly support your back, but here is a summary of what you should know:

When you sleep on your side

Side sleepers need a firm pillow to support the neck so it stays at shoulder level. Also place a small pillow between your legs to help align your spine and neck while you sleep.

When you sleep on your back

Back sleepers usually need a lower or softer pillow. Hard pillows cause the head to lean forward and put strain on the neck and airways. Rochester Health Center recommends placing a pillow under your knees to properly align your spine while sleeping on your back.

When you sleep on your stomach

Stomach sleepers have it worst as this position puts the most stress on the body. It is recommended that you use a flat pillow or no pillow at all to avoid straining your neck and back. If you put a pillow under the pelvic area, you can relieve the neck and back.

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The final result

The type of pillow you choose is a personal preference, but try to balance it with your sleeping habits. While I love a fluffier pillow, I know a firmer one like that Pillow cubes is better suited to being a side sleeper. I’ll save the joy of down pillows for you back sleepers.