What Is the Best Pillow to Sleep On?

Updated February 21, 2017

The best pillow to sleep on all depends on you and how you sleep. Some people sleep on their side, others on their back, and then there are the tummy sleepers. Other factors to consider include allergies, snoring problems and if your neck pinches easily. These factors will determine the type of pillow that you need.

Hypoallergenic Pillows

If you struggle with allergies, sleeping on a feather or down pillow may cause you problems. Fortunately, hypoallergenic pillows can put you and your allergies at ease and help give you a good night's rest. Hypoallergenic pillows are made from synthetic materials and have added oils, such as neem oil, to help keep bedbugs away. Hypoallergenic pillows come in all sizes and comfort levels, such as firm or soft.

Memory Foam Pillows

Memory foam pillows work wonders for people who have neck and back problems. The memory foam pillow allows for comfort and support to the neck and back because it shapes itself to the curves of your head and neck. The memory foam pillow comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes, giving you plenty of options. They are also hypoallergenic, so they can be used by people who struggle with allergies as well.

Levels of Support and Specialty Pillows

Soft pillows are ideal for people who sleep on their tummies, because they are more flexible and do not prop the neck up too far, which can cause kinks and pinches. Medium-support pillows are for people who sleep on their backs, giving a firm straight position between the neck and head. Firm pillows work well for side sleepers, giving support for the head and neck because the sleeper is propped upward due to the shoulders. All these different supports of pillows and sizes come in downs, feather, hypoallergenic and foam. has a speciality pillow for people who struggle with snoring. This pillow is designed to tilt the head back just enough to allow for more air flow, so people can breathe more easily while asleep.

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Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.