A good pillow is key to getting restful sleep, but finding the best one is no simple task. With so many options to choose from, it all comes down to your personal preferences for material and your sleep position. Side sleepers should choose a thick, firm pillow; stomach sleepers need a soft, thinner one; and back sleepers need something in between. The goal is to have your head and neck aligned so that when you’re lying down, your neck isn’t tilting in any direction.
“Patients come to me in pain, and I know their pillow isn’t keeping their neck aligned with their spine,” says Dr. Darren Pollack, chiropractor and medical director of DASHA Wellness & Spa. “Over time, this wear-and-tear can cause muscle stiffness, tendonitis, nerve pain, herniated discs, and more.”
Over the past several years, the experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Textiles Lab have tested over 100 different pillows made of materials like foam, latex, fiberfill, and down, as well as cooling pillows, organic pillows, pregnancy pillows, pillows to cure neck pain, pillows to stop snoring, and more.
When testing pillows, we check how easy they are to clean and whether they’ll actually hold up to laundering. We also look at how well they fit into a pillowcase and how they keep their shape after a weight is placed on them all night. Then we have real consumer testers try them out for in-depth feedback on things like comfort, support, temperature regulation and more. All in all, we reviewed over 3,400 data points to find the best pillows to buy for your bed:
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