PSA for side sleepers: Your pillow is probably too flat. These are better.

PSA for side sleepers: Your pillow is probably too flat. These are better.

Pillows are not one-size-fits-all. Anyone who’s ever purchased a $3 pillow from the bin at Target on the basis that it was $3 probably found that out the hard way. Sorry about your neck, pal.

For side sleepers, “I think I slept on my neck wrong” is a very real thing that could be causing neck pain in the morning, but not in the awkward, twisted, contortionist way that everyone pictures. In reality, the real offender is probably a flat pillow.

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Sleeping in the lateral position takes the pressure off the mattress and puts your body weight on a single shoulder. Because your shoulder is also holding you higher off the mattress, there’s now a gap between your neck and the mattress. While a flat pillow is ideal for preventing a stomach sleeper’s spine from curving upward, too little loft causes a side sleeper’s head to sink below the plane of the neck — causing a gnarly kink that will definitely hurt in the morning. Read more…

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MOST INNOVATIVE MATERIAL

Purple Harmony

Say hello to the bouncy hexagonal material that you never knew you needed and a shape that won't flatten.

  • Trial period: 100 nights
  • Loft: 6.5 or 7.5 inches
  • Sizes: One (standard)
  • Adjustable fill: No


$159 from Purple

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BEST CURVED PILLOW

Eli and Elm Side Sleeper Pillow

Instead of pulling a rectangular pillow around your neck, a U-shape provides support with a nook for your shoulders.

  • Trial period: 45 days
  • Loft: 5 inches
  • Sizes: Standard
  • Adjustable fill: Yes


$99.99 from Eli and Elm

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BEST FOR HIGH LOFT

Layla Kapok Pillow

Once you experience how this kapok pillow molds to your pressure points, you'll never go back to plain memory foam.

  • Trial period: 120 nights
  • Loft: 8 inches
  • Sizes: Queen, king
  • Adjustable fill: Yes


$99 from Layla Sleep

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BUDGET PICK

Original Coop Home Goods Pillow

Your head will stay afloat all night on this sweet balance of foam and fluff, blended inside a bamboo cover.

  • Trial period: 100 nights
  • Loft: 8 inches
  • Sizes: Queen, king
  • Adjustable fill: Yes


$59.99 from Coop Home Goods

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BEST FOR COMBO SLEEPERS

Casper Original Pillow

A dreamy down alternative pick, Casper's pillow-in-a-pillow design is the best of both worlds for side, back, and stomach sleepers.

  • Trial period: 100 nights
  • Loft: 7 inches
  • Sizes: Standard, king
  • Adjustable fill: Yes


$65 from Casper

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BEST COOLING HIGH-LOFT PILLOW

Tempur-Cloud Breeze

Experience Tempur-Pedic's famous NASA-designed foam and cooling pads with a loft higher than most gel pillows.

  • Trial period: 90 nights
  • Loft height: 6.4 inches
  • Sizes: Queen, king
  • Adjustable fill: No


$169 from Tempur-Pedic

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BEST DOWN PILLOW

Brooklinen Down Plush Pillow

Another internet favorite, Brooklinen's 400 thread count down pillow provides a dual-core design for focused head support.

  • Trial period: 60 nights
  • Loft height: 3 to 5 inches
  • Sizes: Standard, king
  • Adjustable fill: No


$69 from Brooklinen

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BEST CONTOURED PILLOW

Tempur-Neck Pillow

Reinforce that spinal alignment with the ultra-firm Tempur-Neck, which uses uneven lofts to fill gaps and keep your head in place.

  • Trial period: 90 nights
  • Loft: 3, 4, or 4.5 inches
  • Sizes: Small, medium, large
  • Adjustable fill: No


$89 from Tempur-Pedic

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BEST BODY PILLOW

Z L-Shaped Gel Dough Pillow

Sticking this L-shaped cooling pillow between your legs takes pressure off your hips and offers a whole new level of comfort.

  • Trial period: N/A
  • Loft height: 5 inches
  • Size: Standard
  • Adjustable fill: No


$115.99 from Malouf

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PSA for side sleepers: Your pillow is probably too flat. These are better.