The pillow determines the position of our head during sleep. With a suitable pillow you support a healthy sleeping posture, ensure a restful sleep and protect your body from the painful consequences of an uncomfortable night. Find out which pillow best suits your sleeping position here.
Table of contents
- As you make your bed, so you lie on it
- The perfect pillow
- Your pillow guide
- General recommendation
- The perfect pillow for back sleepers
- The perfect pillow for side sleepers
- The perfect pillow for stomach sleepers
- Comfort & Sleep
You make your bed, you lie in it
A comfortable lying position supports the relaxation that is important for sleep and protects the body from an unhealthy sleeping posture. This is important because staying in a certain position for too long can have a negative effect on our back and neck and lead to headaches, stiff muscles or severe tension the next morning. In addition to a suitable mattress that is not too hard or too soft, the choice of pillow is particularly important. Our pillow determines the position of the head during sleep and is responsible for ensuring that the sensitive cervical spine in particular is well positioned and protected at night.
The perfect pillow
With a pillow that is adapted to your needs, you support a healthy, relaxed sleeping posture and prevent tension the next morning. If your pillow is too high, your neck will be overstretched or your spine will be "bent" too much. If, on the other hand, it is too flat, your head may not be adequately supported and the muscles overstretched. This causes tension and blockages, which can strain the spine and lead to pain. At best, your shoulders and cervical spine should be at exactly the right angle to each other while you sleep. The head and the spine up to the pelvis ideally form a straight line. Choosing the right pillow is therefore extremely important in order to start the day really healthy and refreshed in the morning.
Important: The head and spine should form a straight line towards the pelvis, while the shoulders should ideally be at a right angle to the cervical spine.
Your pillow guide
Large, small, made of elastic foam or filled with down - pillows differ in size, shape or filling material. Which type of pillow is best for you depends not only on your personal feeling but also on your preferred sleeping position. In order to optimally support your body during sleep, your pillow should be adapted to your individual sleeping position.
In this article you will find an overview of the different sleeping positions.
So which is the best pillow for you? We give you an overview of the different types of pillows and explain which pillow best suits your sleeping position.
Large, soft pillows with a loose filling are comfortable and individually formable, but due to their comparatively low supportive force, they are less suitable for providing effective support in stabilising a healthy sleeping position. An ergonomic, dimensionally stable pillow with a high-quality foam core can adapt better to an individual support pressure, support the neck area and keep your head in a comfortable lying position during sleep without slipping.
Tip: We also lose a lot of moisture at night through our skin and breathing. For hygienic reasons, you should therefore also look for breathable material and a washable cover.
The perfect pillow for back sleepers
To achieve a healthy and ergonomic sleeping position, back sleepers need a stable pillow that fills the area between the upper shoulder area and the back of the head and supports the neck. This keeps the head in a straight position and stabilizes the spine.
Tip: Be careful not to choose a pillow that is too flat or too high, so that the head is supported horizontally and the cervical vertebrae are not overstretched or kinked.
The perfect pillow for side sleepers
The ideal pillow for side sleepers supports the head and neck, allows the shoulder to sink into the mattress and fills the area between the shoulder area and the cervical spine well. This prevents one-sided overstretching of the neck muscles and stabilises the head during sleep.
Tip: Make sure the pillow is the right height, as the wrong position of the head on the side can quickly lead to one-sided tension.
The perfect pillow for stomach sleepers
When sleeping on your stomach, the cervical vertebrae are subjected to a lot of strain due to the sideways position of the head. An additional elevation of the head area by means of a thick pillow then leads to a "bending" of the neck and promotes an unnatural bending of the spine. In order to relieve the neck and position the head horizontally, as a stomach sleeper you should use a pillow that is as flat and stable as possible so that your breathing is not disturbed and the head is not additionally turned or stretched.
Tip: While many stomach sleepers choose not to use a pillow at all, a flat pillow can support your head and provide support during sleep.
Comfort & Sleep
The ideal pillow, the right mattress, and a comfortable comforter are all important components of our sleep environment and have a significant impact on the quality of our sleep. With an ideal pillow you support a healthy body posture at night and ensure that you fall asleep relaxed and wake up from a restful sleep without any complaints.
Especially in combination with good sleep hygiene, a suitable pillow can improve your sleep in the long term. You can find out everything about ideal sleep hygiene here in our sleep magazine.
For a healthy sleeping posture, the shoulders and cervical spine should be at right angles to each other and the head and spine should form a straight line all the way to the pelvis.
Particularly dimensionally stable and ergonomically shaped pillows made of elastic foam stabilize and support the head and spine during sleep and adapt optimally to individual lying requirements.
For back sleepers, a stable, ergonomic pillow that provides special support for the neck is suitable.
Side sleepers are best off using a neck-supporting pillow that allows the shoulder to sink into the mattress.
Stomach sleepers best choose a model that is as flat as possible or do without a pillow altogether.
Best wishes and see you soon!