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Soft or Hard? Choosing the Best Pillow to Sleep With

June 18, 2019

The best pillow

Made synonymous with comedies like “The Hot Chick,” “Scary Move 4,” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House”, pillow fights for some odd reason, have been associated with American pop culture and traditional bedroom hijinks for years. Aside from what we see in movies and shows, does anyone really have pillow fights? Probably not, but this doesn’t mean pillow fights don’t exist. A true pillow fight is one between the restless, aching sleeper and the pillow itself. Picking the best pillow for you is a dilemma that frustrates every human being at some point in their life. Thankfully, Breksta is here to relieve your troubles -- and neck pain.

Firm Pillows

Firm PillowThe key thing to know when shopping for the best pillow is your predominant sleeping position. The way your spine naturally aligns, despite good or bad posture, dictates how much support to give your neck and back. For side sleepers and sometimes back sleepers, large and firm pillows are recommended. While the firmness varies due to the fact that every sleeper is unique, one thing happens for all who try sleeping on their side without a pillow -- their head and neck area (cervical) fall below the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. The obvious solution for side sleepers who experience neck pain is to pick a pillow that aligns the cervical area of the spine with the rest. Pillows made out of buckwheat, memory foam, or even feathers are all good, firm options to choose from.


Soft Pillows

Soft PillowFor those who sleep on their stomach and for some back sleepers, a softer pillow is recommended. When sleeping on your stomach – there isn’t need for increased neck support. When you lie on your face, the neck and head lines up with the back. However, your neck will naturally twist to the right or left in this position. This tension should be relieved with a pillow that forms to your head so that some of the pressure that occurs is relieved. If your neck and back posture is straight, this is where a flat, soft or medium pillow would also be suggested so that the straight alignment is preserved. In this scenario, a firm pillow would bend the neck upward unnaturally above the thoracic vertebrae. Try pillows made of down, cotton or wool for appropriate comfort.

With four different products to choose from, the search for the best pillow to sleep with is made easier at Breksta. We recommend trying out our Gel Memory Foam Core Pillow. Its Gel Memory Foam technology is designed for all sleeping positions. It’s soft enough to relieve pressure points but firm enough for optimal support regardless of your posture. Visit Breksta online and put a halt to pillow fights for good.

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