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What shape of pillow is best for people who sleep on their side?

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On your side, you need head and neck support, which may mean a flatter spot for your head and a curve or bump under your neck. Some pillows come this way, some pillows (feather) can be fluffed into this shape. Or you could try a memory foam pillow, which conforms to the shape of your head and neck. You can also experiment with a little roll, such as a rolled-up towel, inside the pillowcase of a flat pillow.

From: The Best Pillows for Side Sleepers WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain,” “Is your pillow hurting your health?”

University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia: “Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back.”

Mayo Clinic: “Snoring.”

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge, MA.

American Sleep Association: “Best Pillows.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain,” “Is your pillow hurting your health?”

University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia: “Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back.”

Mayo Clinic: “Snoring.”

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge, MA.

American Sleep Association: “Best Pillows.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2020

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