Your Pillow … The Key to Unlocking a Better Night's Sleep

The Secret of Pillow Height

Just like a mattress, a pillow can significantly impact your sleep quality. You've likely considered the type of pillow and filling material, but have you thought about height, or "loft" as manufacturers call it?

Loft plays a crucial role. The right height keeps your spine aligned, supporting the natural curve of your neck. A pillow that's too thick or thin can misalign your head and spine, leading to neck pain, back pain, and tightness in your shoulders.

Finding the Right Pillow Loft for Your Sleep Style

While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, sleep position is the primary factor. Here's a guide:

  • Side Sleepers: To bridge the gap between your neck and mattress, opt for a high-loft pillow (around 5 inches) for optimal alignment.
  • Back Sleepers: With a smaller gap, you can use a medium-loft pillow (3.5 to 5 inches) for proper support.
  • Stomach Sleepers: Minimize head elevation with a low-loft pillow (3 .5 inches or less) to reduce stress on your neck and spine.

Beyond Sleep Position:

  • Pillow Firmness: Softer pillows (down or down alternative) compress more than firmer ones (foam). Consider this when choosing loft.
  • Mattress Firmness: Softer mattresses cause you to sink in more, so you might need a lower-loft pillow for proper alignment. Conversely, firmer mattresses require a higher loft to fill the gap between your shoulder and neck.
  • Body Type: While not as critical, body type can influence loft selection. Generally, smaller builds benefit from low-loft pillows, while larger builds may need medium or high lofts. Broad-shouldered side sleepers might require an extra-high loft to fill the gap comfortably.

Remember, these are just recommendations. The best pillow is the one that provides you with the most comfort. Experiment! If you're a combination sleeper (shifting positions throughout the night), you might need to try different lofts. By considering these aspects, you can find the perfect pillow height for a comfortable, pain-free night's sleep.


How can I maximize the life expectancy of my pillow?

The comfort life of a pillow depends on many things.  Depending on the type of pillow, it can vary from a few months to several years. The best way to extend their lifespan is to protect them with a hypoallergenic, waterproof pillow protector. These protectors should be washed frequently in hot water. 

Your pillow will not only last longer, it will never need to be cleaned!

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