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What kind of pillow should I be using?

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It’s not a great feeling when you toss and turn all night. While there are a number of things that can cause restlessness, your pillow could be the main culprit.

Pillows aren’t a one-size-fits-all sleep accessory. Instead, the right pillow to send you off into dreamland comes down to your comfort, preference, and preferred sleeping position.

By learning about the different pillow types for different sleepers, you can find a proper pillow for your sleeping style.

How do you know what type of pillow is best for you? Verlo Mattress offers these recommendations:

Pillows for Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers need only a little support. So, if you sleep on your belly, look for a low-loft pillow. Loft represents the height or profile of a pillow. A low-loft pillow lies fairly flat on your bed.

As a stomach sleeper, you probably prefer a thin pillow, which you can use under your chest, head or stomach. A thin pillow keeps you from hyper-extending your neck. And in some cases, you might not even need a pillow at all.

Pillows for the Back Sleepers

Experts recommend back sleepers use a medium firm pillow.

As a back sleeper, your pillow height should be lower than if you sleep on your side. You can also place a pillow underneath your knees for additional back support.

Best Pillow for Side Sleepers

An extra firm pillow is well suited for the side sleeper since it allows you to maintain the curve of your head and neck and stay in proper alignment. A study published in Consumer Reports showed that a pillow with a height that’s approximately four inches off the mattress is the most comfortable height for side sleepers.

Pillows for Combination Sleepers

According to Consumer Reports, if you are a combination sleeper, a pillow that’s ideal for you will have both firmer and softer sections. You might also look for a pillow with a lower center for when you switch to your back and higher on the sides for when you roll over on your side.

Verlo Mattress Factory: 5150 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, IL 60014, 815.455.2570, www.verlo.com

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