The Best Pillow for Side Sleepers 2017

Sleeping on your side is by far the most common sleep position. However, if you are not sleeping with the proper head support or with poor posture there are several issues that can arise. Some side sleepers report pinched nerves, reduced circulation to extremities, and poor neck posture.

Fortunately, almost all of these issues can be addressed by selecting the correct pillow for your body type. When you sleep on your side, you put pressure all on one side of your body. If your head is not properly supported, it has a tendency to roll forward. Sleeping on your side with a rolled neck extends the spine, forcing your shoulder blades out. This weakens the back muscles and can cause postural issues.

Most side sleepers can benefit from a firmer, more supportive pillow to gently cradle your neck into the appropriate position. Since this is never a one-size fits all product, I’ll need to cover a variety of different products. Today, I am going to take a look at the most popular pillows for side sleepers and attempt to identify the best one for each body type.

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Adjustable Shredded Memory Foam Pillow by Improved Design

This pillow was one of my top choices for a long time. While many memory foam pillows tend to be very firm and supportive, the foam does lose some of the support over time. A solid foam pillow can also be poor in warm climates. Because there is no way for air to move through the pillow, it tends to get quite hot and absorb any excess moisture.

If you have read my other posts, you know that moisture is one of the worst things that can happen to a pillow. Fortunately, this shredded design addresses most of those concerns. Air is able to flow between the pieces of foam, keeping you cool in the summer. Because the filling can be removed, you can easily adjust the firmness of the pillow simply by removing some of the filling.

Unfortunately, there is a limit to how soft it can get. Once you remove too much stuffing, you will just be left with dead spots. Due to how soft this pillow is, I recommend it for individuals with more petite frames. (Read My Full Review Here)

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Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

This pillow may seem very similar to our previous one, but there are a few key differences. The memory foam fragments in this pillow are a little larger. This allows it to provide the firm support required for individuals with a wider shoulder span.

The pillow cover is made from a very soft bamboo cover, which aids with cooling a great deal. Bamboo is also extremely soft, and a renewable resource. The pillow can be machine washed, making it simple to keep your pillow fresh and clean at all times. Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks to the sealed design.

The sealed pillow cover means that you cannot adjust the firmness. You will also not be able to replace the foam at the end of the pillows life. Fortunately, the memory foam used in this pillow is very high quality. CertiPur foam is manufactured in the United States, and tends to last much longer than the competition.

The pillow is also quite a bit cheaper than many competing products. Even though you can’t replace the foam, the cost of ownership should be roughly the same as more expensive pillows with less maintenance required. (Read My Full Review Here)

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Good Life Essentials Hotel Collection Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

This pillow has one of the best covers I have seen. Rarely do you see a product that is more than 40% natural bamboo, most products advertised are made of rayon. Rayon is a synthetic fiber that is similar to, and derived from bamboo.

Despite the improved cooling afforded by the superior cover, this one also has a unique billeted design that prevents the buildup of moisture. The tiny holes in this cover act almost like the wick of a candle, pulling moisture away from the face. That makes this pillow excellent for anyone who has sensitive skin.

Like my previous recommendation, this one is also made with the shredded CertiPur memory foam that I am such a fan of. If you look at the photos, you might notice that this pillow seems a little thicker than traditional pillows. When you sleep on your side, your head needs to be lifted up a little more than usual.

This pillow provides just the support you need for side sleeping. We’ve already reviewed a pillow for petite individuals, and one for broad-shouldered people. This one fits right in the middle, providing adequate support for most people that are between 5’5” and 6’ tall. 

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Down Alternative Pillow

Now here is something unique! Although I primarily recommend memory foam pillows for side sleepers, these are not everyone’s cup of tea. Memory foam tends to be a little firmer, and many sleepers like to keep things fluffier. This pillow is made from a synthetic material, but it is miles ahead of most cheapo polyester pillows.

It’s not just marketing, the feel of this pillow really is comparable to down. Notice the square band in the middle? While a traditional pillow just has a single seam, this one enlarges the middle. This unique design allows you to enjoy the softness of a down pillow while still providing the additional support needed for side sleepers.

This comes along with all of the regular benefits of synthetic pillows. They do not provide any nutrients for bacteria or allergens to feed off. They are inexpensive. They last a long time and are machine washable.

I really cannot say enough positive things about this pillow, there are very few synthetic models that can even come close to competing with memory foam products. If you find yourself looking for something softer, you owe it to yourself to give this pillow a shot! Down Alternative Pillow

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Iso-Cool Memory Foam Pillow

When I first saw this pillow, I had to look up the definition of gusseted. For those of us who haven’t studied classic English literature, “Gusseted” refers to the arrangement of the memory foam inside of the pillow. Imagine opening a brown paper lunch bag. That almost-square but slightly bowed in shape is known as a gusset.

Generally, I have used shredded memory foam pillows as they provide most of the support with improved air flow. This pillow changed my mind. By shaping the pillow this way, it retains almost all of its supportive qualities while allowing air to easily pass through the pillow.

Notice how it’s almost flat across the top? This is the ideal shape for side sleepers. Our heads are not always perfectly upright. If you rotate your head from side to side on a traditional, rounded pillow, you’ll be kinking your neck at an angle.

No matter where you rest your head on this pillow, it will always remain square with your body. This prevents weakening the neck muscles or creating imbalances. The gussets also mean that this pillow is much more adaptive. Remember that memory foam responds to heat and pressure.

Because there is a lower volume of foam, the pillow will be a little more supportive for smaller individuals and a little softer for larger ones. This means that this pillow uniquely adapts to almost all body shapes and sizes. It’s for this very reason I make this pillow my number one recommendation for side sleepers!Iso-Cool Memory Foam Pillow

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