Are you using the wrong pillow? Experts reveal the exact type you should be using based on your sleeping position – and how it can improve your health
- When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, choosing the correct pillow helps
- There are a range of different types depending on your preferred position
- For instance, those who sleep on their backs should use a memory foam variety
- A breakdown of the most popular sleeping positions of Australians also revealed
When it comes to getting a good night’s rest, choosing a pillow that’s matched to your sleeping style can make a difference to your posture and sleep quality.
For instance, if you sleep on your back, you’re better off with a thinner type that bridges the gap between your shoulders and mattress without raising your head.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look at three of the most common sleeping styles as revealed by experts at Bed Threads and the right sort of pillow recommended for each.
If you prefer sleeping on your side, one of the most important considerations when it comes to choosing a pillow is to make sure it’s not so thick your head becomes elevated
This sleeping position is by far the most common as it’s considered both instinctive and more comfortable.
If you tend to favour sleeping on your side, when choosing a pillow one of the main factors to think about is thickness.
‘It should be thick enough to keep your spine as straight as possible, but not too thick that your head becomes elevated,’ said Mr Carter of Bed Threads.
As well as helping to keep your posture aligned, a thicker pillow won’t collapse during the night due to the weight of your head.
Two thinner pillows stacked may give you enough support if you require additional thickness.
Stomach sleeping has been found to have some health benefits in that it can reduce snoring and sleep apnoea.
However, from a postural point of view, it is considered one of the more problematic as it can cause neck and back pain.
Those who favour the position should opt for a pillow which has considerably less fill to ensure the spine stays straight and the neck isn’t raised.
The experts suggest a very thin type or none at all. And when choosing, make sure the pillow is made from a breathable fabric as your face will be breathing directly onto it during the night.
What are the most common sleeping positions in Australia?
* According to 55 per cent of Australians who took part in a survey commissioned by bedding specialists Ecosa, side sleeping is a preferred position.
* Freestyle sleeping, a way of sleeping that’s not fixed to any one position, was revealed as the second most popular with 23 per cent saying its their preferred sleeping style.
* Back sleeping ranked as the third most popular with 15 per cent of those questioned saying it was their preferred position.
* Data showed that just 6.7 per cent of participants who took part in the survey admitted to sleeping on their stomachs.
Source: Ecosa.com.au via Daily Mail Australia
If you like to sleep on your stomach, it’s considered far better to choose a pillow that’s as thin as possible to help keep the spine straight
What are the benefits of a memory foam pillow?
Memory foam is known for its ability to both conform to the shape of your head and support it.
This prevents your head from sinking in too deeply like it would in a regular pillow.
It’s made to distribute weight evenly, avoiding unnecessary strain on the neck and spine.
Back sleeping isn’t generally a highly ranked position, however, its a sleeping style believed to be best for your back.
Mr Carter explained this method of sleeping supports the head and allows the spine to rest in a neutral position.
‘For anyone who sleeps this way on the regular, the thickness of your pillow is really important when buying new or upgrading,’ he said.
Back sleepers fare better with a pillow that’s quite thin but offers enough elevation to keep your head slightly raised.
A memory foam pillow is generally considered best for those who prefer this position as the material offers a consistent and comfortable level of support.
If you sleep on your back, experts recommend a pillow that’s quite thin but offers some level of elevation