Poor pillow choices and low-quality sleep have been intrinsically linked in several analytical studies in the last decade, so how does Britain weigh up in 2022?
While the number of pillows an individual sleeps with is down to personal preference, experts advise that sleeping with one pillow is best as it helps keep the spine in its natural alignment, vital in avoiding a range of long-term health problems.
A new study by Bensons for Beds revealed that less than a third (31.5%) of Brits sleep with the recommended one pillow. Moreover, over half of Brits (51.7%) are sleeping with two pillows, falling vulnerable to spine misalignment and long-term effects on their sleep quality.
16.6% opt to keep their heads high by sleeping with three pillows or more. The odds stack up against these Brits as they place themselves at more and more risk of spinal issues, health problems and increasing discomfort.
Sleeping with the wrong number of pillows is key to quality sleep, but according to experts, sleeping with the wrong pillows is just as important.
So, how can you find the chosen one when it comes to pillows?
Choosing the right pillow and the correct number of pillows can be just as important as choosing the right mattress but can often be overlooked. Choosing your pillow to suit your sleeping position ensures that your spine is catered for and provides your body with the utmost comfort for restorative sleep.
Best pillows for side sleepers
According to recent YouGov data, half of Britain’s population are side sleepers, with 25% sleeping on their left-hand side and 25% on the right. Thankfully, experts advise side sleeping in the foetal position as healthy for the spine. So, what’s the best pillow for half of Britain to choose from?
Emma Beck, buying and merchandising manager at Bensons for beds, says: “A memory foam pillow is best for side sleepers as they help keep the head at a level height. These pillows can also support pressure points on the head and neck. The pillow’s height is significant as you should be trying to fill the gap from the side of the head to the mattress, negating the need for more than one pillow.”
Best pillows for neck and back pain
If you’re waking up with pain in your back or neck, your pillow choices could be to blame.
Those experiencing this pain should choose pillows that give the right support to the head and neck. Latex pillows are a great option as this help to cushion the head without letting the neck arch.
Best pillows for back sleepers
Emma says: “It’s important that back sleepers keep their head as flat as possible and not pushed too far forward as this will otherwise put a strain on the neck. To allow sufficient support, a bouncy pillow that isn’t too soft or a contouring pillow is best for this.”
Best pillows for stomach sleepers
Sleeping on your front is not thought to be the best way to sleep, as it can cause strain on the back and neck, leading to a poor night’s sleep. However, 8% of the UK can’t resist.
Soft pillows, such as feather and down pillows with a low height, are recommended for stomach sleepers to keep the spine from arching. Front sleepers might also want to consider placing an additional pillow underneath the stomach to help ease any strain on the spine.
Emma Beck commented: “While buying any bedding item is a very personal decision, choosing the right pillow is one of the most significant when it comes to a good night’s sleep. Pillow choice paired with sleeping position can have long-term effects on sleep quality, well-being and health issues affected by the spine. Following recommendations, expert advice and researching are imperative to making the correct decision.”
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