When people find out that I develop pillows for Select Comfort, they often start asking me what kind of pillow they should sleep on based on their sleep issues. Many of their issues revolve around waking up with stiff shoulders, neck pain, back pain and snoring. (Usually it is a wife complaining about her husband’s snoring… because if we ourselves are the “snorer” we probably aren’t as impacted as the one sleeping next to us!)
So what do I recommend to my friends, co-workers and strangers that ask my opinion on what pillow they should buy? Sleep Number has so many pillow options designed to fit everyone’s needs, with different fills, shapes, sizes and design. We even have one with a special design to reduce snoring. Because choosing the perfect pillow can be so overwhelming – I always recommend that they visit a Sleep number store to get a professional pillow fit from one of our sleep experts.
Most of us do a squeeze test in a store to find a pillow that we think will be comfortable. In reality the only way to get the perfect pillow is to try it on a bed, and have a sleep expert pillow fit you to ensure that your head and neck are properly aligned with your spine. Pillow fitting makes perfect sense, and it’s easy!
Our sleep experts ask a few simple questions and will recommend a few different pillows for you to test drive while lying on a Sleep Number mattress that can be set to the approximate firmness of your bed at home. This is much more ideal than lying on a sales floor at your local store.
A pillow should hold your neck and spine in alignment with the rest of your body. The best pillow for you takes into consideration your sleep position, height, shoulder width, mattress firmness and any sleep related issues you may currently have. For example – If you sleep on your back you need medium density neck support, while side sleepers may need a thicker or firmer pillow. If you are one of the 10% who sleep on their stomach, you will need a soft and plush pillow. Plus, if your mattress is very firm you tend to need a thicker pillow, and if your mattress is very soft you will need a thinner pillow.
I know it’s a lot to think about. That’s why I invite you to visit a Sleep Number store and have a sleep professional help you.
Do you have any pillow questions? If so, let me know and I’ll try my best to answer them on this blog.