If waking up is literally a pain in the neck, then it’s time to consider new bed pillows. When it comes to optimal sleep comfort, pillows matter just as much as a mattress. The right pillow should not only feel comfortable, it should support your head and neck to promote proper spinal alignment. Without proper alignment, you risk waking up with aches and pains that can negatively impact your day.
When upgrading your pillows, look for premium fills, like memory foam, that provide lasting comfort and support.
Memory foam pillow benefits
Memory foam is a great option for pillow construction because it conforms to the head and neck to provide pressure-relieving comfort. Some memory foam pillows are made with gel-infused material, which helps direct heat away from your head for a cooler, more comfortable sleep.
Choosing a memory foam pillow
Your personal comfort preference and sleep position can help determine which pillow is best for you. Keep in mind that there aren’t universal solutions and comfort is subjective, so try out different pillow models in your usual sleep position to see what feels best.
Back and side sleepers tend to prefer pillows that contour to the head without too much elevation, as higher profile pillows can cause neck strain.
How to sleep on a memory foam contour pillow:
Most contour pillows have thick, rounded top and bottom edges. The center of the pillow dips down, cradling the head while supporting the neck. Make sure that you orient your pillow so that the top and bottom (rounded) edges are parallel with your headboard.
Pillows with neck cutouts
Some pillows have an arch-shaped cutout at the base of the pillow. The shape of this type of pillow ensures proper support for your shoulders and neck while maintaining the low profile preferred by many stomach sleepers.
How to sleep on a memory foam pillow with a neck cutout:
Align your neck with the arch cutout of the pillow. The straight side of the pillow is the top edge; the wings of the pillow will go under your shoulders.
Hybrid pillows combine the familiar feel of a traditional pillow with the benefits of memory foam. This thicker pillow design is ideal for back and side sleepers.
If you’re ready to upgrade your pillows for a better night’s sleep, shop Serta’s variety of memory foam pillows.