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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Types of pillows for different sleep positions

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Jul 17, 2013 9:06:00 PM

The two main functions of pillows are comfort and support. The pillow is designed to keep the spine in natural alignment, and remain comfortable throughout the night with your personal preference of firmness or surface texture. Choosing the right pillow for you could help you get a good night sleep.

Here are a few things to consider when purchasing your next pillow.

  • sleeping on your side. The pillow should offer the most support and able to support your head and neck on a horizontal line.
  • Sleeping on your back. The pillow should support the head and follow the natural curve of the spine to alleviate any back strain; this pillow should be slightly lower than that of the side sleeper pillow.
  • Sleeping on your stomach. If you prefer to sleep on your stomach make sure your pillow is relatively flat, or skip using a pillow all together.

Remember to replace your pillow at least every two years and washing it at least once a year - and more often if you are prone to allergies.

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