Did you know that in Ancient Mesopotamia pillows were made of rock? It’s true, the more rock pillows you had the more rich you were! Thankfully that is not the case today. Pillows today can be as soft as we want them to be. You can have the fluffiest pillows in your bedroom and it will not only cradle your head gently but also keep you away from morning muscle stiffness and body pain. Sweeter deal than having a rock for a pillow!

Now, we are here to discuss different types of pillows out there and their benefits for different types of sleep positions. Whether you are a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper, these pillows will let you sleep like a baby!

Memory Foam

The elephant in the room right! Memory foam pillows are the most popular pillow types in the bedding world. Everything is just better with memory foam. Be it mattresses, pillows, cushions, even footwears have memory foam now! The reason for their popularity is the unique contoured support they provide while sleeping which makes them a good fit for all kinds of sleepers. These allow you to mold the pillow into any position that is the most comfortable for you.

Latex Pillows

Latex pillows are a hit because they provide a proper support to your neck and neck and still give a soft and comfortable feel. They are not harsh for you to be uneasy at night. These pillows come in two forms. Those who prefer one size in a pillow can go for solid latex pillows, which are just made of one single piece of latex. For sleepers who need to adjust the loft of their pillow as they sleep, shredded latex pillows will be perfect as they are made of tiny fillings of shredded latex. The filling can be increased or reduced according to your will. Latex Pillows are best for Side and back sleepers. These are not really ideal for stomach sleepers as they have higher than average loft.

Down Pillows

If you are looking for the softest pillow, then down is perfect for you. This pillow is filled with the fluffy undercoat of a waterfowl. Down pillows are extremely fluffy and light, but they do not provide much support. They are good for stomach sleepers that prefer a cushy pillow.

Down Pillow

Down pillows are extremely soft, close to the skin of a goose or a duck, you might say, hence they are best for stomach sleepers. Stomach sleepers cannot use firm pillows, they need just the right amount of softness in a pillow to manage the entire body on their tummy. But down is also good for back and side sleepers.

Feather Pillows

A feather pillow contains the back and wing feathers of birds, such as ducks or geese. These feathers are flatter than down and have a distinct quill. A higher-quality shell should encase the fill to ensure the quills don’t poke out. Most feather pillows also contain some down for loft.
Although feather pillows can be used by all, they are most preferred by back and side sleepers. These are comfortable and supportive and make a perfect match for such sleeping positions. Stomach sleepers might find it overbearing because of its high loft.

Bamboo Pillow

Bamboo pillows have been trending in the sleep industry for a while now. This is because of their antimicrobial and moisture-absorbing properties. Bamboo pillows are essentially made of a shredded foam interior with a bamboo viscose shell, which is sheer in providing a great neck and spine support.
Bamboo pillows are most favorable for back sleepers, as they are made of shredded foam, side and stomach sleepers might find it too firm to sleep on.

Buckwheat Pillow

Buckwheat pillows originated in Japan and have been popular for some time in East Asian countries. They’re also known as sobakawa pillows. The filling is made up of small buckwheat hulls that give these pillows a firm feel and allow it to conform to your head and neck for support. They’re also adjustable, which lets you personalize them to fit your preference by removing or adding the buckwheat hulls. Although buckwheat can be a little noisy during the night because of their shell filling. So every time you toss or move you might rustle and squeak!

Gel Pillows

Gel pillows are favorites for keeping you cool at night. These pillows are perfect for people who get hot while sleeping as it minimizes perspiration at night. Gel pillows are usually made with a combination of gel and other materials like memory foam or latex, to give you all the relaxation of cooling infused with plushness and comfort. It is a great choice when it comes to durability as it can keep its shape intact for a long time and can be molded according to the contours of your sleeping positions.

Water Pillows

Water-based pillows offer a feel unlike that of any other pillow. The unique properties of water create a pillow that automatically moves with you at night, all while providing support that doesn’t sag as the hours go by. Water pillows are a bit firm and don’t contour to the shape of your head and neck. Since they’re only water, water pillows are hypoallergenic and require no fluffing, however, there’s the added risk of leaks soaking and ruining your mattress. Water pillows are flexible for all kinds of sleepers. Back and side sleeper may benefit from it the most. Stomach may feel a slight uneasiness in maintaining their body posture at night with this.

Wedge Pillow

Some people just can’t sleep on your side but sometimes you have to. Sometimes habits just aren’t that easy to change or develop. That’s where wedge pillows come in handy. Even if you sleep on your back you can keep your head elevated. This doesn’t mean the easy way out, which is stuffing pillows under your head. That would be worse for your head, neck, and shoulder. A wedge-shaped pillow, often made of memory foam, works because it supports your shoulders and back.

Sources:

Early Birds: 13 Types of Pillows You Should Know

Sleep Foundation: Types of Pillows

Duroflex: 7 DIFFERENT TYPES OF PILLOWS FOR EVERY SLEEPING POSITION

Mattress and Pillow Science: Pillow Types Materials