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Types of Pillows for Your Sleeping Style: Pick the Right One

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Do you have to deal with fresh knots in your neck, back, or shoulders every morning? Or do you think your comfortable bed might just have a nocebo? Perhaps it is time you said “night-night” to whatever pillows you’re currently using. Sleep is arguably the best form of relaxation. Moreover, it leaves you rejuvenated and ready to take on a new day’s challenges. It is therefore important to have the most comfortable sleep experience possible. At The Mattress Warehouse, your sleep is our priority. And so we created this simple, yet thorough breakdown of which pillows are most suitable for your sleeping style.

The importance of a good pillow: what pillows are best for sleeping?

Bed pillows help keep the curvature of your spine in alignment with your body as you snooze. They minimise head, neck and back pains. This ensures that you get good quality shut-eye. After all, what good is having a comfy bed yet unsupportive pillows? There is no single best pillow for sleeping. They come in various shapes and materials to accommodate your sleeping comfort level.

How a pillow benefits different sleeping positions

Drawings of a girl in a yellow top and pink bottom, demonstrating 10 different sleeping positions.
There are many different sleep positions and a pillow for each one.

There is no such thing as ‘just a pillow’. Whether it is due to a medical condition, degree of exhaustion or body shape, we all have preferred sleeping positions. That is why it is important to choose a bed cushion that best suits your nightly resting position. The height or loft, fill (firmness)  and the shape of our offered pillows differ. This is mainly dependent on whether you prefer sleeping on your side, back, stomach or a combination of these positions. Read on as we divulge wholesome suggestions on the most appropriate rest cushion to complement your preferred sleep position.

Pillows for back sleepers

Malouf Z Gel Shredded Memory Foam Dough Pillow

The Malouf Z Shredded Dough Pillow has a white exterior and blue shredded foam on the inside.
Shredded memory foam makes for excellent pillows
  • Currently on offer for R1,4950

If you sleep at your best when you’re lying on your back, then get our Malouf Z Gel Shredded Memory Foam Dough pillow. For this sleep position, you want a pillow with less inclination and a foam filling. The firm comfort provided by this foam-filled cushion inhibits over-curvature of the spine as you sleep. It thus alleviates pressure on the joints in your shoulders, neck, and hips.

Serta Cloud Memory Foam Pillow

Three Serta Cloud Memory Foam pillows.
An affordable and comfortable option for back sleepers
  • Currently on offer for R799

The back position is also the most common resting position for medical recoveries. For such needs (but not limited to) we offer our affordable, smooth Serta Cloud Memory Foam pillow. We believe that your health recovery and rejuvenation are inexpensive by right!

Pillows for side sleepers

Drawing of a person lying on its side to showcase the importance of how  pillows can keep your spine aligned throughout the night.
Contoured pillows are often an excellent choice for side sleepers

We have all found ourselves on our sides at one point or another. In the fetal position, at least. It is, generally, the most favoured sleeping position. It tends to reduce acid reflux and other sleep unpleasantries- especially after a night of heavy eating and drinking.

Tempur Sonata Pillow

The Tempur Sonata pillow has an indent in the front/middle, to tuck your shoulder close to your ear while you sleep.
The indented shape leaves space for your shoulder to support your head while you lie on your side
  • Currently on offer for R2,495

If you fall under the category of side sleepers, then our Tempur Sonata pillow is your ultimate ‘dream catcher’. This cushion is on the thicker side. The thickness promotes alignment of the head and neck. This headrest has a curved shape to allow appropriate head and shoulder movement throughout your sleep.

Sealy Natural Comfort Pillow

The Sealy Natural Comfort pillow looks like a classic pillow.
A classic look and feel makes the Sealy Natural Comfort pillow an attractive option
  • Currently on offer for R359

Our Sealy Natural Comfort pillows also provide desirable thickness to accentuate the comfort levels and ensure marvellous sleep. Moreover, if you are shopping on a budget then this pillow might be exactly what you are looking for.

Best pillow for stomach sleepers

Sleeping on your stomach is regarded as the worst position in which one can sleep. It puts stress on the spinal column and all the joints in your body. However, if you are a stomach sleeper, then you need to do yourself a favour…

Tempur Ombracio Pillow

Clover shaped Tempur Ombracio pillow
The clover shape hugs your chest and shoulders, for added support when you lie on your stomach
  • Currently on offer for R2595

Get the Tempur Ombracio pillow. It is a much thinner cushion. The clover-like shape supports and aligns the neck and head. Furthermore, it relieves stress on the joints as you snooze. This pillow for stomach sleepers is a fantastic investment, with a 3-year guarantee!

Also, as a stomach sleeper, you want to draw the curtains on the latex and foam pillows. They have too buoyant an effect and most likely will cause discomfort.

Best pillow for combination sleepers

One way or another, we all know someone who moves around all through the night. They love tossing and turning into every position. Oftentimes, those people are picked last at a slumber party. If you are among the nightly movers, then you most definitely cannot use “just any pillow”! You need a bed headrest that provides optimum support in all the positions you may take as you snooze. Suffice it to say that your cushion should be neither too firm nor too soft. A medium comfort pillow is what you are looking for. It must be able to support and align your spinal column to alleviate strain.

Sealy My Gel Pillow

The Sealy My Gel pillow has a soft, Tencel cover and cool gel foam interior.
The gel-infused memory foam in the Sealy My Gel pillow promotes healthy temperature regulation while you sleep
  • Currently on offer for R789

The Sealy My Gel Pillow provides excellent support for the head, neck and spine. And with its medium loft and medium comfort rating, it is the perfect option for you if you sleep in various positions throughout the night.

Buy pillows online at The Mattress Warehouse

You can finally draw the blinds and turn off lights on the morning groans of pain and discomfort. Any way you prefer to sleep, we at the Mattress Warehouse have got you covered. You can find affordable and comfortable pillows both online and in-store, to ensure that your bed is well complemented (and your head and neck well supported). Seeing as we were recently rated as South Africa’s leading mattress brand, you can trust our choices when it comes to pillows. Go ahead, get a pillow price and your new pillow today.

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