How to Choose the Best Pillow for Back Sleepers
June 13, 2013 • By
First, Some Good News for Back Sleepers
Sleeping on your back is considered the best way to sleep by doctors and sleep experts. When on your back, your head and neck are both in a near ideal neutral sleeping position. Your spine will be closer to perfect alignment sleeping this way than any other. If you’re able to do it, you’re in the minority. Apparently only 14% of us are back sleepers.
OK lucky back-sleeper, are you looking to improve your rest with a new pillow? The best pillow for back sleepers:
- has adjustable loft so that you can fine-tune the thickness, keeping your head and neck neutrally aligned.
- is firm and malleable, providing even and comfortable support without pressure points.
The thickness of your pillow matters, particularly for back sleepers!
Most people are side sleepers and require a thicker pillow to keep the head and neck aligned properly. Thus, many pillow manufacturers design their products to efficiently accommodate this majority. Most of these pillows are non-adjustable, leaving back sleepers with pillows that are simply too thick.
For ideal positioning of your head and neck while on your back, you need to fill the space between yourself and the mattress with a properly sized pillow. A pillow that’s too thick will cause your head to be elevated, pushing your chin downward. As a result, your neck is bent upwards, potentially straining muscles, nerves and discs.
A supportive, malleable pillow will prevent lateral neck twists and strains.
When on your back, gravity will pull your head to your left or right shoulder as you sleep. The ideal back sleeper pillow keeps your head positioned relatively straight, or upright. This reduces the lateral twist in your neck that will cause unnecessary stress.
Unfortunately many of the most popular pillow types aren’t capable of providing the support back sleepers require. They collapse under the weight of your head (down), or simply aren’t malleable (memory foam).
The Best Pillow for Back Sleepers? Buckwheat Pillows
Most well-made buckwheat pillows are adjustable. They will have a zipper on the side, allowing you to add or remove fill so that its loft is just right for you. In most circumstances, you’ll want to remove some of the buckwheat hulls from a newly purchased buckwheat pillow to make it appropriate for a back sleeper.
Buckwheat pillows are well-known for their malleability. They will conform perfectly to the contours of your head and neck providing consistent support all night long. It will hold its shape, and prevent your head from slumping from one side or the other.
Additionally, buckwheat pillows will stay cool all night long and are made from all natural materials that are safe for you and the environment.
Back sleepers should consider trying Hullo buckwheat pillow.
If you’ve decided a buckwheat pillow is worth giving a shot, please consider our product, Hullo™. We think it’s the best buckwheat pillow available, but don’t take my word for it, check out these customer reviews.
(Read more: What Are the Benefits of a Buckwheat Pillow?).