Which pillows can help you sleep better?
Sandra Hermiston and Ross McLaughlin, CTV Vancouver
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 6:00AM PST
So many people look for a pillow that feels right in the store but a squeeze can only tell so much.
You actually have to lay on it for 10 -15 minutes before your neck sinks into the pillow. And because everybody’s body is different, experts say there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
For example, cervical pillows claim to alleviate neck pain.
“Experts we’ve spoken to say that a cervical pillow can help relieve neck pain but a lot of it depends upon fit. If that pillow is too high or too low it can affect the way that your neck is laying on it and cause more pain,” said Haniya Rae, Consumer Reports home editor.
Another mistake people tend to make: overcorrecting what’s wrong with their current pillow.
“If they have a pillow that’s too flat or too soft they might go out and look for one that’s a lot fuller and firmer or they’ll sleep on too many pillows and that could upset the natural curve of their neck. Instead we recommend that people find a pillow that fits their sleep position,” explained Rae.
If you’re a back sleeper, Consumer Reports found one of the specialty wedge pillows may be an option.
“If you have snoring or sinus issues that wedge pillow can elevate your head and might relieve some of that pressure,” Rae said.
Side sleepers have more options but you still want to make sure your pillow is properly supporting you.
Four inches off the mattress is the best way to maintain the natural curve in your head and your neck.
Consider firm or extra firm pillows made from memory foam or latex to keep your head at the proper angle.
And no matter where or which type of pillow you buy, check the return policy to make sure you can return it if it doesn’t work for you.