Pillow Talk! What Type of Pillow Should I Choose?

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Pillow Talk! What Type of Pillow Should I Choose?

Determining the right pillow is a personal choice that can make or break a good night’s sleep!  When it comes to sleep, most people focus on the mattress. The mattress is one of the most important sleep equipment you will buy, but when it comes to sleep quality, pillows are just as important! Pillows, not only impact the quality of sleep, but can prevent any neck discomfort and soreness in the morning. These can be essential when suffering from neck pain, disc herniation or headaches. The right pillow selection will complement your chiropractic and rehabilitation treatment plan!


Why Does Your Pillow Matter?

The proper pillow will not only help with quantity of sleep, but also quality! This means a good night’s sleep without waking up at night, having roll and re-position, or waking up with pain and stiffness. Having a worn out pillow can actually exacerbate unnecessary neck pain, stiffness and soreness!


When Is It Time To Replace Your Pillow?

On average, a pillow should be replaced every 18 months.  This may change depending on injuries, quality of the pillow and stress. However, the old age rule “you pay for what you get” applies. A higher quality pillow will last longer than an inexpensive option.

First, take it out of the pillowcase to see if there are any stains or fold it in half and see if the pillow stays folded. If so, it’s time for a new one!  But…there are so many options, which should you choose?


What Pillow should I Choose?

Sleeping position makes all the difference!


Back Sleeper:

Sleeping on your back might appear to be comfy, but can aggravate snoring if you have a pillow that allows your head to sink or if it is too high. As you lay your head back, gravity will push the tongue back and block your throat. A better alternative will be a pillow that offers height, neck support, and throat at a comfortable level.  If there is no neck support, the pillow can be a cause of pain rather than a help!


Stomach Sleeper:

Sleeping on your stomach might be comfortable for a few nights, but after a while, it may become taxing on your back and neck. Having the right pillow can negate some of these issues. A firm/plump pillow will force your neck into an odd angle that might lead to some discomfort. A better alternative would be a softer option. If you have neck pain, sleeping on your stomach can exacerbate the condition because you will sleep with your head turned to one side.

Side Sleeper:

One of the most common positions to sleep in is on the side. You will need more support to keep the neck at a neutral angle. Too much of too little support can lead to pain.


Here Are A Few Pillows I Would Recommend Based On How You Sleep!


Tricore Pillow:

One particular benefit for having a Tricore Cervical support Pillow is the trapezoid-shaped center.  The trapezoid shaped center will cradle the head and has a built-in neck roll. In fact, there is a thin side and a thicker side for different sharped necks! This pillow supports the head in a neutral position. This pillow can also be used for those that are side sleepers as well.


Cervipedic Pillow:

The cervipedic pillow helps facilitate cervical support by using its contour shape to help relax the neck. The shape will cradle the head and neck by promoting a natural curve. It has adjustable neck support and can be used anywhere you recline. The design of the pillow makes it more efficient for travel purposes, but if you are looking for a pillow to help with a good night’s sleep, this will not be the pillow for you.



A unique perspective into personal sleep comfort is pillowise. Pillowise uses a measuring method that can help to determine the most suitable shape of the pillow. A pillow of this design with correct height and shape will fit your neck comfortably as well as provide great support.



The therapeutic pillow was created for back and side sleepers. The wedge extension helps to support the upper back in a neutral position, and the center cavity will cradle your head comfortably. However, if you are a side sleeper the “side cavity” is flexible enough that it will keep your head aligned with the shoulder.


Decision Time:

Before buying a pillow, determine the budget that you are willing to spend. Prices vary, and can range anywhere from $30 to $150. Most companies will offer a guarantee if you are not satisfied typically 30-90 days. The decision will ultimately come down to preference, style, and comfort. Remember your taking time to research types of pillows that will best fit your needs, so be sure to find the one that will benefit your long-term health!  If you have any questions as to which pillow to purchase, please reach out. We would be glad to help!

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