Memory foam pillows are generally best for side sleepers, back sleepers, and anyone who suffers from neck pain or prefers a higher-loft pillow. While the best pillow for you depends on your size and personal preferences, here are some general considerations for choosing a memory foam pillow based on your sleeping position and other factors.
Sleepers with neck pain: Many neck pain sleepers have had success with neck pain relief using cervical memory foam pillows. Thanks to the formability of memory foam, these pillows support the natural contours and body curves of the neck and head to provide the optimum support needed.
Side sleepers: Side sleepers need an ergonomic height pillow to support the head and relieve pressure on the shoulders. Memory foam pillows fit the bill, especially one-piece memory foam pillows that come in high and low heights, and can often be further customized to suit individual needs.
Back Sleeper: The memory foam's ability to compress against pressure makes it ideal for many back sleepers because it allows the sleeper's head to sink far enough while it wraps around the contours of your head and cervical spine to be at the highest position relative to the body. comfortable height. It is best to use a moderately high pillow for the back sleeper to keep the cervical spine and spine at a natural angle.
Sleepers who prefer tall lofts: There are tall memory foam pillows, there are one-piece pillows, and there are memory foam pillows that can be removed and thickened to make them taller. But the slow-recovery characteristics of memory foam will strongly support the sleeper's head and neck, which makes them ideal for those who like tall attic pillows.
Who is not suitable for:
Hot Sleepers: Memory foam is known for absorbing heat, so it's not the best choice for those who are naturally warm or live in hot climates. If you sleep hot but like the feel of memory foam, you can opt for a shredded memory foam pillow or an all-in-one pillow with ventilation or cut-off air channels. These technologies help improve airflow and reduce heat retention. Some pillows have cooling elements and use infusions such as gel, graphite or latex to draw heat away from the sleeper, or phase change materials to keep surfaces cool to the touch.
Stomach pillow: A stomach pillow usually requires a flatter pillow to keep the neck aligned with the spine, so while some memory foam pillows are suitable, this is usually not the best material. That said, stomach sleepers use pillows differently, so the ideal loft will vary from person to person. Some tummy sleepers may be happy with the adjustability of memory foam pillows, which allows them to form pillows with lower bulk.