Last updated on August 13th, 2018

Best Pillow for Side Sleepers

If you find your self sleeping on your side you might be surprised that you are not alone. In a 2017 Danish study of over 1000 participants, side sleeping was found to be the predominant sleep position in adults. The study also revealed that we are more likely to sleep on our side as we age and with increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) (1).

What Needs Support 

There are two areas of your body that need support while you sleep on your side.

  • Neck and Head
  • Pelvis

Side Sleeper Neck & Head Support

Neck support while on your side can be helpful for relieving common musculoskeletal complaints such as:

  • Morning neck stiffness
  • Numb hands and fingers
  • Headaches

Ideal neck support is actually head support. By placing the head on a pillow you are reducing the kinking between your head and shoulders. 

The Best Side Sleeper Pillows

Better Sleep Pillow

  • Proper spine alignment anti-snore pillow
  • Zipped cover
  • 5-6 inches high x 29 inches wide x 13 inches long
  • 2 arm tunnels
  • Thick layer of padding
  • Gel fiber fill
  • Ergonomic design
  • $90.98
  • Find on Amazon

The Side Sleeper’s Ergonomic Pillow

  • Designed by a doctor of physical therapy
  • U-shaped opening at its bottom that cradles the shoulder
  • A slight depression in the surface of the pillow prevents pressure from building up on the ear and provides optimal neck support.
  • Up to 3″ thicker than a typical pillow
  • Soft, hypoallergenic polyester fill
  • Form-fitting cover made from imported brushed microfiber
  • 17″ W x 15″ L x 6″ H. (1 1/2 lbs.)
  • $69.95
  • Find on Amazon

HeadRight Pillow

  • Orthopedic pillow that consists of multiple density polyurethane blends strategically combined
  • Individually hand assembled 
  • 2 side spinal support sections provide firm orthopedic support
  • Topped with an overlying “super-soft”, specialized polyurethane
  • Ergonomically designed with “eggcrate” shaped surfaces 
  • Enclosed in a custom fitted cotton cover
  • $89.95
  • Find directly on their site

Cradling Sleeper

  • 15 x 11 x 4 inches (1.1 lbs)
  • Large and Medium size available
  • Includes cover
  • $39.95
  • Find it on Amazon

Side Sleeper Hip Support

Women in particular may find greater comfort with support between their knees. Women generally have wider hips than men which can create larger space from knee to knee when on their sides. According to work done by Merry, 2005, the angle between the inferior pubic bone arch is about 70 degrees in men, but 90-100 degrees in women. The bones forming the arch are more concave in women but straight in men (2). Particular, women find it beneficial to use a pillow between their knees to reduce the angle of their legs. It is best to use a pillow that is firm and thick but breathable to reduce over-heating.

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(1) Merry, Clare V. (2005). “Pelvic Shape”.Mind- Primary Cause of Human Evolution. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 1-4120-5457-5. Retrieved 2010-08-14.