Did you know that not all sleepers are created equal? There are so many sleeping positions and habits, and thankfully, different kinds of pillows cater to each. Whether you're a back sleeper, side sleeper, stomach sleeper, hot sleeper, or restless sleeper, you can rest assured there's a pillow out there for you. And picking the right pillow is just as crucial to your back and neck health as choosing the right mattress. Let's get right into the best pillow for you based on your sleeping habits.
1. Back Sleeper
If you're a back sleeper, you need a pillow that promotes spinal alignment. If your pillow is too soft, your head can sink too far into the pillow and cause your neck to curve. If your pillow is too firm, your head can sit too far forward and form an angle in your neck. You want your neck to be as close to 180 degrees as possible. Ideally, it would be as close to a straight line as possible.
You'll want to look for a pillow of medium firmness that holds its form and won't migrate after extended use. Plenty of pillows cater to back sleepers, and Hoppy Dreams pillows allow you to pick from Soft/Medium and Medium/Firm. These are great options if you prefer a softer or more firm pillow without the neck curvature you must avoid. Hoppy Dreams pillows use alpaca fleece which holds its form over extended use.
It's also a good idea to place a loftier pillow under your knees to help relieve lower back pain and hip tension while sleeping. A bolster pillow is perfect for this. Hoppy Dreams bolster pillows are lofty and hold their form as they contain all-natural alpaca fleece filler.
2. Side Sleeper
If you're a side sleeper, you need a loftier, thicker pillow that adequately elevates your head and creates enough space between your head and your mattress. There's a wider gap to accommodate for side sleepers compared to back sleepers due to the shoulder width. Hoppy Dreams offers a Medium/Firm thickness option that provides ample support for side sleepers. As an added benefit, all their pillows contain sleep-promoting herbs that help induce sleep.
3. Stomach Sleeper
If you're a stomach sleeper, you need a thinner, less elevated pillow to prevent neck strain during sleep. Sleeping on your stomach is the least common sleep position, and the one most doctors and chiropractors advise against. This is because when you sleep on your stomach, your head is usually turned left or right, causing neck strain. And if you're sleeping on a pillow, it's causing even more strain due to the angle it's forming in your neck. Thinner or Soft/Medium pillows are what you should be looking for if you want to optimize your sleep comfort as a stomach sleeper.
4. Hot Sleeper
If you're a hot sleeper, you need a pillow with cooling or temperature-regulating properties to help keep you cool at night. Some pillows incorporate synthetic cooling technologies like gel or memory foam to help lower your head and neck temperature during sleep.
However, if you're looking for an organic, non-toxic alternative, Hoppy Dreams offers that is all of its pillows. The alpaca fleece pillow filler in their pillows is naturally temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking, and this works to cool you down and keep you warm when you're cold. Its hollow fibers circulate hot and cold air to help maintain homeostasis in the body.
5. Restless Sleeper
You are probably a restless sleeper if you wake up throughout the night with your head on your mattress. Restless sleepers need ample pillow space to support their heads whichever way they toss and turn throughout the night. If you're a restless sleeper, look for a longer, wider pillow to offer support wherever your head moves next. King-sized pillows, like Hoppy Dreams's King Pillow, will give you enough space and support to twist and flip throughout the night.
Whatever sleep position you find yourself favoring, there's a pillow out there for you. Back sleepers should look for a pillow of medium firmness that will keep their spine aligned, side sleepers should look for a loftier pillow that will fill the space between their head and their mattress, stomach sleepers should look for a thinner pillow that will reduce neck strain, hot sleepers should look for a pillow that uses temperature-regulating or cooling technologies, and restless sleepers should look for longer pillows that will support their head and neck no matter where they toss and turn to.
There's a Hoppy Dreams pillow for every kind of sleeper. But what sets them apart from other pillow brands on the market is their use of all-natural ingredients like hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, and comfortable alpaca fleece, and herbal, sleep-promoting sachets.
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