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What Is an Ergonomic Pillow?

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

An ergonomic bed pillow can mean the difference between a painful neck the next morning or feeling little to no pain at all upon waking up.

The types of pillows people use can vary widely. Some people like big, fluffy pillows, while for others, that type can lead to excruciating neck pain. Others like a super flat pillow.

You’ll see a wide variety of pillows -- there are curved, contour, and cervical pillows, just to name a few. For some, nothing can beat a memory foam pillow for neck pain.

It can be tricky knowing which one would be best for you. Let’s look at the ergonomic pillows in the UK and throughout the world, as well as what they can do for you.

An ergonomic sleeping pillow is one that is specially created to complement the sleeper’s normal position when they’re resting. By cradling the contours created by their position and body alignment, an ergonomic pillow cuts down on tension in their body from staying in one position for a length of time. It will support the neck, no matter what position you sleep in.

That’s why an ergonomic pillow is often considered the best pillow for sleeping. They can also be beneficial when you’re awake if you use a pillow for posture. A good posture pillow should support you in all the right places, leading to fewer aches and pains that can sometimes result from sitting too long.

Sleeping Positions and Pillows

We all have our favorite sleeping positions. While our spouse might be the type to sleep only on their back, if we tried that, we could be in severe pain the next morning. And, if you’re a stomach sleeper, you might have people wondering how in the world you can do that.

Before looking at pillow types, we need to first examine sleeping positions. That’s because certain types of pillows work better for one sleeping position than another.

Here are the common types of sleeping positions:

  • Back: This is a common way to sleep, but it is known to aggravate snoring and sleep apnea. You might also see it referred to as the supine position.

  • Side: This position is also called lateral. It is said to be the most popular sleeping position.

  • Stomach: Sleeping on your stomach is the least popular style of sleeping. It can also lead to some severe neck and back pain.

No matter what position you’re sleeping in, you should use whatever pillow feels comfortable to you. But you may have to test a few until you find the right one.

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