How to Pick the Perfect Pillow for Sleeping

How to Pick the Perfect Pillow for Sleeping

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While a mattress is key to achieving quality slumber, the right pillow makes a world of difference, too. It's an essential piece of the sleeping equation because it helps keep your spine in a neutral, comfortable position. Here are some factors you should consider when picking the perfect pillow for a goodnight's sleep.



The primary purpose of your pillow is to put your body into a good sleeping posture. Regardless of your sleeping position, the right pillow should keep your spine in neutral alignment. If your spine isn't neutral when sleeping, it can lead to neck, shoulder, and back pain. This discomfort can ultimately cause sleeplessness, too.


Sleep Position

woman sleeping face down


Are you a side, back, or stomach sleeper? Believe it or not, your sleeping posture is a great way to determine the type of pillow you need. Here are some pillow recommendations based on your sleeping position:

  • Side sleepers — Look for a pillow with a high lift and firm support. This design will help keep your spine neutral. You may also want to put a pillow between your legs to maintain good posture.
  • Back sleepers — A thinner pillow that relieves stress on your neck is most beneficial for back sleepers.
  • Stomach sleepers — If you sleep on your stomach, you want to get the thinnest pillow possible. This keeps your spine straight and alleviates stress on your lower back.



Pillows are available in a variety of fill options, including memory foam, down, down alternative polyester, rayon, and latex. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, so one isn't necessarily better than the next. When it comes to comfort, it's up to personal preference.

Pillow fill, though, is an important consideration if you suffer from allergies. Certain fill options such as down and feathers can cause allergic reactions and discomfort. If you're concerned about this, consider hypoallergenic pillows. They resist common allergens such as dust mites, allowing you to breathe easier and sleep better.



Cooling pillow set


Pillow sizes correspond to mattress sizes — standard, queen, and king. However, you're not required to get a queen pillow if you own a queen bed. An oversized pillow on a smaller bed can provide a cozy, encompassing feel. From a design perspective, you can mix and match sizes to give your bed a striking appeal. If you're unsure what to get, a standard pillow is always a safe bet and more than enough to satisfy your needs.


When it comes to comfort and support, it's hard to beat the luxury of SHEEX® Cooling Pillows. These hypoallergenic pillows feature Cell Solution® CLIMA fibers that absorb and release excess body heat. This innovative technology ensures you stay cool and comfortable throughout the night. Our cooling pillows come in two varieties designed for both side sleepers and stomach/back sleepers, so there's no need for any guesswork.

Original Performance Down Alternative Side Sleeper Pillow

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