Forbes: Experts explain how to select a pillow that will contribute to restful sleep.
When it comes to choosing good pillows, “keep the proper alignment of your neck and back as a priority in your decision-making and you’ll have a much better chance of a good night’s sleep,” says Dr. Neel Anand, professor of orthopedic surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles. In general, Anand says you’ll want to look for a pillow that keeps your neck parallel to the mattress and adapts to your sleep position.
Side sleepers generally want a firm, thick pillow, for example, while stomach and back sleepers may be more comfortable with a softer, thinner pillow. Obviously, budget is a factor too, but Anand says you shouldn’t stress if you don’t want to shell out for a pricier pillow. “Don’t assume the more money you spend, the more comfortable you’ll be,” he says. Ultimately, he adds, the best pillow is “the one that feels best to you.”
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