Best pillows for back pain

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Best pillows for back pain


When you’re in the market for a new pillow, and you also tend to suffer from back pain, it’s important to make a carefully assessed purchase. There are several factors to take into consideration, such as spinal alignment, loft, sleep position, the type of pain you have and so on.

By Imogen Groome | 25th August 2019
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There are many pillows available which have been specifically designed to reduce the impact of back pain, so here’s how to choose the right option for you and a few of the best choices currently around to take a look at. 

How to choose the best pillow for back pain
  • Spine alignment: Ensuring your spine is correctly aligned will result in the reduction of back pain symptoms, so find a pillow which works to provide this benefit for you.
  • Sleep position: There’s a big difference between spending your night sleeping on your back and your stomach, so finding a pillow which helps for back pain related to this sleep position will no doubt be beneficial. 
  • Pain type: Determining whether you suffer from chronic or acute pain can help with your pillow purchase. If you have chronic pain, you will need a pillow which targets overall alignment and prevents the back from becoming a pressure point. Those with acute pain need to provide the right support to help them sleep comfortably while they heal.

Here are some of the best pillows on the market to help tackle back pain:

Tempur-Pedic Pillow

The Tempur-Embrace Pillow has a shedded poly foam filling and a loft of 4.5 inches. It also comes with a five year warranty to provide users with peace of mind about their purchase. As for the Tempur-Pedic brand, it’s known for leading innovations in design in this industry, which has resulted in it becoming a trustworthy and reputable name amongst consumers. This pillow comes with a solid foam pad design which means it maintains its shape well. That being said, it’s also going to be soft with a quick response that conforms well to your head and neck when you apply pressure to it at night. While it’s designed for all types of sleeper, it will benefit those who suffer from back pain as it can be used to support the entire upper body.

Saatva Pillow

This luxurious pillow comprises a unique blend of materials. You’ll be resting on 100 percent organic cotton, 100 percent shredded American Talalay latex and micro-denier fiber. The product comes in a breathable cotton which works hard to wick away moisture while also providing high quality airflow. The inner core is made of a latex which is highly responsive, making it easy to move around in your sleep during the night. The core is dust mite resistant, mildew proof and hypoallergenic. 

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Layla Pillow

Finding the correct level of loft for supporting your head and neck at night can be tough, but the Layla pillow has this covered. It comes with a zipper which lets you remove a bespoke amount of foam to make the loft perfect for your needs. This is a durable product which has been designed to last for years. Its cover is woven with a copper yarn called CuTEC, which works to remove dead skin cells and keep the pillow hygienic. It works well for those with back pain issues in that it provides a high level of support in the areas you need it the most.

Bear Pillow

This pillow features a construction combining aerated polyfoam and a polyester cover. It’s good at regulating temperature, and it offers an excellent level of pressure relief for the neck, shoulders and other areas which are prone to pain. In terms of firmness, this pillow is medium, which means it will work well for back sleepers. Side and stomach sleepers will also have a decent night of sleep with the Bear pillow, making it a versatile option. While the Bear pillow can be adjusted and molded to suit your personal needs, it also has a dense foam construction, which means it will retain its shape regardless. Furthermore, it only produces the smallest amount of odor from off gassing, which can be partially attributed to the mesh end caps. These provide a good level of air circulation, which helps to remove unpleasant odors. You will be able to have the Bear pillow shipped to any part of the contiguous US, and the product comes with both a 100 night sleep trial and a two year warranty.

Written by
Imogen Groome
Imogen is editor-in-chief of Hot5. She is also a lifestyle blogger, author and freelance journalist, with particular interests in music, politics, psychic readings and dating. She is usually found at home with her collection of animals, drinking iced tea. Read more.
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