This infographic titled “What’s your Pillow Preference?” aims to highlight different types of pillows for different sleeping positions.
Pillow can be categorised on the basis of their shapes and sizes.
1. Contour pillow: A pillow with a curve design that adapts to head, neck and shoulder contour for back sleepers and side sleepers
Benefits: Helps relieve neck pain and stiffness, frozen shoulder and headaches.
2. Neck pillow or travel pillow: These pillows are horseshoe shaped, designed for the neck contour.
Benefits: Keeps neck straight during journey naps on board or train or plane.
3. Wedge pillow: A triangle-shaped pillow that provides a slope for placing the body in a diagonal position.
Benefits: Helps relieve the symptoms of acid reflux during sleep.
4. Lumbar pillow: A half-moon-shaped pillow used at the lower back to comfort and relieve lumbar pain and maintain a correct sitting position.
Benefits: Helps in relaxation and massage.
5. Knee pillow: An hourglass-shaped pillow that can be placed between your legs to elevate your lower body and keep a straight side-sleeping position.
Benefits: Helps is relaxation.
6. Body pillow: A long, curved pillow for total body support that cradles head, neck, shoulders, back, lower back, legs and knees.
Benefits: Gives full comfort to the side sleeper.
Different Pillow Types
Naturally filled pillows such as down or feather pillows give you comfort and adjustability.
Down pillows are the ultimate in comfort and luxury
Cotton-filled pillows have the benefit of working well for people with allergies.
Foam-filled pillows are often of lower quality than your average pillow with a less comforting, luxurious feel.
Orthopedic pillows exist in several different shapes and materials
Pillows with sponge-type foam are known for how well they retain their shape, they are often unconventionally shaped.
Husk and seed pillows will mould to the contours of head and shoulders and keep the shape until you move.
Pillows for Different Sleeping Positions
If you sleep on your stomach
Tummy sleepers need a thinner, flatter cushion–elevate your head too much and sleeping becomes like holding cobra pose.
If you sleep on your back
Thick, stiff pillows can push a back sleeper’s head too far up. Down pillows are best for squishability.
If you sleep on your side
A plumper pillow fills up the space between your neck and your shoulder, keeping your spine perfectly aligned.