by Staff Writer
Getting enough sleep is important, but it can be difficult without the right bedding. If you can determine your sleep style, choosing a pillow will be simple. The following tips should help you find the best pillows for every kind of sleep.
For back sleepers: It's important for a back sleeper to find a pillow that will support the head, neck and shoulder area firmly but also provide softer areas for comfort. A good suggestion for back sleepers is wedge pillows. These pillows help support the natural curve of the spine. For the head, any pillow that has firm ends and a softer middle section will work perfectly.
For side sleepers: To avoid neck pain, it's important for side sleepers to provide support between the shoulder and neck area. Contoured, memory foam pillows or gusseted pillows are best for side sleepers. The mid section of contoured pillows allows your head to rest naturally. Many side sleepers also choose to use body pillows as well for additional comfort and support.
For stomach sleepers: A large, bulky pillow should be avoided if you sleep on your stomach. Thinner, supportive pillows will keep your neck and head from rising up too high. Pillows with tapered sides are an excellent option for stomach sleepers. Consider a medium firmness level for the greatest comfort level.
For pain relief: Many people suffer from existing neck, shoulder and head pain. Therapeutic pillows can help heal and comfort these areas while you sleep. Memory foam, gel and chambered down pillows are often used for therapy.
To relieve snoring: There are special pillows to help elevate the head in order to combat snoring. If a pillow raises your chin away from your chest, it will dramatically reduce your snoring.
For allergy sufferers: Consider gel, synthetic microfiber or memory foam pillows if you're prone to allergies. These pillows have pockets that allow air to travel through the pillow -- defending against the collection of dust and particles. The most popular hypoallergenic materials are polyester or down alternative. You can also purchase special pillowcases that help keep out unwanted dust mites.