Your pillow guide: Which pillow is ideal for me?

The pillow determines the position of our head while we sleep. With a suitable pillow you support a healthy sleeping posture, ensure a restful sleep and protect your body from the painful consequences of an uncomfortable night. You can find out which pillow best suits your sleeping position here.

 Table of Contents

      1. How you lie in bed is how you lie
      2. The perfect pillow
      3. Your pillow guide
        1. General recommendation
        2. The perfect pillow for back sleepers
        3. The perfect pillow for side sleepers
        4. The perfect pillow for stomach sleepers
      4. Comfort & Sleep
      5. The Pillow Advisor
      6. Conclusion

      1. How you lie in bed is how you lie

      A comfortable lying position supports the relaxation that is important for sleep and protects the body from an unhealthy sleeping position. This is important because staying in a certain position for too long can have a negative effect on our back and neck and can lead to headaches, stiff muscles or severe tension the next morning. In addition to a suitable mattress that is not too hard or too soft, the choice of pillow is particularly important. Our pillow determines the position of the head while sleeping and is responsible for ensuring that the sensitive cervical spine is well positioned and protected at night.

      2. The perfect pillow

      Dein Kissenguide: Das perfekte Kopfkissen

      With a pillow tailored to your needs, you can support a healthy, relaxed sleeping posture and prevent tension the next morning. If your pillow is too high, your neck will be overextended or your spine will be bent too much. On the other hand, if it is too flat, your head may not be adequately supported and the muscles will be overstretched. This creates tension and blockages, which puts strain on the spine and can lead to pain. When sleeping, the shoulders and cervical spine should ideally be exactly at right angles to each other. The head and spine all the way to the pelvis ideally form a straight line. Choosing the right pillow is therefore extremely important in order to start the day in a really healthy and relaxed way.

      Important: The head and spine should form a straight line towards the pelvis, while the shoulders should ideally be at a right angle to the cervical spine.

      3. Your pillow guide

      Large, small, made of elastic foam or filled with down - pillows differ particularly in their size, shape or filling material. Which type of pillow is best for you depends not only on your personal preference but also on your preferred sleeping position. In order to optimally support the body while you sleep, your pillow should be adapted to your individual sleeping position.

      In this article you will find an overview of the different sleeping positions and we have written down everything about the perfect pillow height for you here.

      So which is the best pillow for you? We will give you an overview of the different types of pillows and explain which pillow best suits your sleeping position.

      General recommendation

      Large, soft pillows with a loose filling are comfortable and can be individually shaped, but due to their comparatively low supporting power, they are less suitable for effectively supporting the stabilization of a healthy sleeping position. An ergonomic, dimensionally stable pillow with a high-quality foam core can better adapt to individual pressure, support the neck area and keep your head in a comfortable lying position while you sleep without slipping.

      Perfekter Support: Ergonomische Kissen mit viskoelastischem Schaumstoffkern

      Tip: We also lose a lot of moisture through our skin and our breathing at night. For hygiene reasons, you should also pay attention to breathable material and a washable cover.

      The perfect pillow for back sleepers

      In order to achieve a healthy and ergonomic sleeping position, back sleepers need a stable pillow that fills the area between the upper shoulder area and the back of the head and supports the neck. This keeps the head in a straight position and stabilizes the spine.

      Das richtige Kissen für den Schlaf in Rückenlage

      Tip: Make sure not to choose a pillow that is too flat or too high so that the head is positioned horizontally and the cervical vertebrae are not overstretched or bent.

      The perfect pillow for side sleepers

      The ideal pillow for side sleepers supports the head and neck, allows the shoulder to sink into the mattress and fills the area between the shoulder area and the cervical spine well. This prevents one-sided overstretching of the neck muscles and stabilizes the head during sleep.

      Das ideale Kissen für den Schlaf in Seitenlage

      Tip: Pay attention to the correct height of the pillow, as placing your head incorrectly on the side quickly leads to one-sided tension.

      The perfect pillow for stomach sleepers

      When sleeping on your stomach, the cervical vertebrae are put under a lot of strain by resting your head on the side. An additional elevation of the head area with a thick pillow then leads to a "kinking" of the neck and promotes an unnatural bending of the spine. To relieve the strain on your neck and position your head horizontally, as a stomach sleeper you should use a pillow that is as flat and stable as possible so that your breathing is not disturbed and your head is not additionally turned or stretched.

      Das richtige Kissen für das Schlafen in Bauchlage

      Tip: Although many stomach sleepers do not use a pillow at all, a flat pillow can support the head and provide support while sleeping.

      4. Comfort & Sleep

      The ideal pillow, the right mattress and a comfortable duvet are important components of our sleeping environment and have a significant influence on our quality of sleep. With an ideal pillow you support a healthy posture at night and ensure that you fall asleep relaxed and wake up from a restful sleep without any symptoms.

      Especially in combination with good sleep hygiene, a suitable pillow can sustainably improve your sleep. You can find out everything about ideal sleep hygiene here in our sleep magazine.

      5. Your practical pillow advisor

      Finding a suitable pillow is not that easy and the selection is sometimes more difficult than expected. That's why the practical pillow advisor will also help you find the pillow that's right for you from our different models! Answer a few simple questions about your sleeping habits and lying conditions and find the ideal pillow for a restful sleep! To the pillow consultant ➨

      You can get an overview of all smartsleep pillow models here if you would like to compare our pillows with each other.

      6. Conclusion

      • For a healthy sleeping posture, the shoulders and cervical spine should be at right angles to each other and the head and spine should form a straight line all the way to the pelvis.
      • Particularly dimensionally stable and ergonomically shaped pillows made of elastic foam stabilize and support the head and spine while sleeping and adapt optimally to individual lying needs.
      • A stable, ergonomic pillow that particularly supports the neck is suitable for back sleepers.
      • Side sleepers are best off using a neck-supporting pillow, which allows their shoulders to sink into the mattress.
      • Stomach sleepers should ideally choose a model that is as flat as possible or forego a pillow altogether.

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