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Best pillows for different sleeping positions

You might not realise it but, depending on the position you sleep in, certain pillows might be better for you than others. Different areas of your body, particularly your back and neck, will require different support depending on whether you’re a side sleeper, a back sleeper or a front sleeper.

What pillow do I need if I sleep on my side?

 When lying on your side, the pillow should support your head and neck so that your spine maintains the midline position. Weight should be evenly distributed so as not to create unnatural bending or pressure. Some people may like to place a small pillow or rolled-up towel under their waist for additional support while lying on their side, especially if they have an hourglass figure.

If you sleep on your side, you might want to consider a SlumberSlumber Avior Deep Latex Pillow or a SlumberSlumber Cursa Deep 700 gsm Pillow.

 What pillow do I need if I sleep on my back?

 Your posture should support the natural curvature of your spine; there should also be adequate support under your head, neck and shoulders. Placing a pillow or two beneath the knees further alleviates any back strain. This is the gentlest position for the back and can help you drift off to sleep, but bear in mind that, during the night, the pillows may move as you move. If you wake up, you will need to reposition them.

The SlumberSlumber Avior Slim Latex Pillow or the SlumberSlumber Cursa Medium 600gsm Pillow are ideal for someone who sleeps on their back.

 What pillow do I need if I sleep on my front?

 When sleeping or resting on your stomach, your pillow should be relatively flat or removed. This will help keep your spine in line and enable you to sleep better. In this position, it is often best to place another relatively flat pillow under your stomach. This will help minimise the amount of strain on your lower back as well as the amount of twisting for your neck.

A SlumberSlumber Cursa Slim 500gsm Pillow or a Cursa Super Slim 400gsm Pillow are perfect for front sleepers.

 For a good night’s sleep the pillow that is best for you is one that you can squish and fluff to meet your contours and sleeping position. Your pillow should fit you like a glove. Your goal when buying a new pillow is to know what pillow firmness is going to allow your neck and spine to be aligned properly, so there is no gap between your neck and your mattress.

Another thing to consider when you buy your pillow is that it is a good idea to buy more than one to give other areas of your body further support to bring you a sound night’s sleep.

View our full selection of pillows.

Velfont Viscofresh Cooling Memory Foam Pillow

Velfont Viscofresh Cooling Pillow

The Velfont Viscofresh Cooling Pillow with memory foam will keep you at just the right temperature during the night; not too hot, and not too cold. While we sleep, our skin is continuously perspiring, releasing the excess of body temperature.

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SlumberSlumber Avior Slim Latex Pillow

SlumberSlumber Slim Latex Pillow

The Avior Slim Latex Pillow from SlumberSlumber is a luxury latex pillow that offers shallow gentle support for the head and neck. Recommended for people who prefer to sleep on their front or back

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SlumberSlumber Cursa Front Sleeping Pillow 400gsm Super Slim

SlumberSlumber Front Sleeping Pillow Super Slim

SlumberSlumber Cursa Front Sleeping Pillow 400gsm Super Slim

This super slim pillow is perfect for those who fold their pillow in half, double up, or scrunch it around their head. Front sleepers love this pillow and its perfect for under knees, waist and belly’s for extra support

A striped cotton percale and spiral hollowfibre pillow with extra loft and soft silk-like feel. The super slim 400gsm fill pillow gently cradles your head and neck for the perfect level of comfort and support, making it ideal for front sleepers.

  • Non-allergenic
  • Soft support pillow

The Cursa 400gsm Super Slim Pillow suits:

  • Front sleepers
  • People who like to fold their pillows in half
  • People who like to scrunch up their pillow around their head
  • Those who like to use two pillows
  • For use under belly if sleeping on front
  • For use under knees if sleeping on back
  • For use under waist if lying on side, esp if sleeper has an hourglass figure
  • Suitable for children
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SlumberSlumber Cursa Front Sleeping Pillow 500gsm Slim

SlumberSlumber Front Sleeping Pillow Slim

SlumberSlumber Cursa Front Sleeping Pillow 500gsm Slim

This slim pillow is a perfect fit for front sleepers, for those who love to sleep on their back with a slim pillow, or back sleepers with smaller frames. Also loved by the two pillow crew!

A striped cotton percale and spiral hollowfibre pillow with extra loft and soft silk-like feel. The slim 500gsm fill pillow gently cradles your head and neck for the perfect level of comfort and support, making it ideal for front and back sleepers.

  • Non-allergenic
  • Soft support pillow

 The Cursa 500gsm Slim Pillow suits: 

  • Front sleepers who prefer a slightly deeper pillow – be aware of pressure on back, users may need a 400 pillow under their tummy
  • Back sleepers who prefer a slimmer pillow
  • Back sleepers with smaller frames
  • For use under waist if lying on side, esp if sleeper has an hourglass figure
  • For people who like to use 2 pillows
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