Choosing Cervical Pillow as a Side/Back and Stomach Sleeper
Pillows are not just for your head and neck. Depending on your sleeping position, additional pillows can help keep your spine in the proper position. The pillow for your head should support the natural curve of your neck and be comfortable. A pillow that's too high can put your neck into a position that causes muscle strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. Choose a pillow that will keep the neck aligned with the chest and lower back. Your pillow should be adjustable to allow you to sleep in different positions.
Choosing the right cervical pillow depending on your sleep position will be the X factor on determining your sleep comfort.
If you’re primarily a stomach sleeper, a thin, traditionally shaped pillow filled with memory foam is the way to go as it will put minimum elevation on your neck while still offering support.
If you have back pain a pillow under your stomach and pelvis may help prevent back pain.
This is the most relaxing natural pose for your spine and neck. Memory foam pillows with a built-in wedge extension are the best solution for this position as they keel the neck parallel to the rest of your body while giving it a firm base. Memory foam pillows with a low loft are also adequate in this case.
This means they may need a flatter pillow, to keep their head and neck in alignment. Back sleepers may want a softer pillow.
Side sleepers put the most pressure on their neck and require the tallest contoured pillows for optimum sleeping comfort. High lofts are the norm for side sleepers since they conform to the the neck providing much needed relief. This high loft coupled with the pillow’s middle “valley” your head gets to rest on ensures that the spine remains perfectly straight.
Ensure you get a firmer pillow and a pillow on the thicker side.
Regardless of your favorite sleeping position, keep in mind that size matters when it comes to memory foam pillows. Each of us is different and the same goes for the proportions of our neck and head.