Types of Pillows: A Guide to Finding the Best Pillow for You

Choosing the right types of pillows can be the difference between a great night's sleep and one filled with tossing and turning, so it's important that you take the time to find the best option for you.

In this guide, we'll help you find your ideal pillow based on the position you sleep most comfortably in, and any specific issues that might disrupt your sleep, such as asthma or neck pain.

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Discover the right type of pillow for your sleeping position

When it comes to pillows, one size doesn't fit all. The position you sleep in plays a huge role in deciding which type of pillow is right for you. Choosing the right one will help you sleep well without waking up with that dreaded crick in your neck.

Whether you sleep on your side, back, or front, there's a pillow designed to make your nights as comfortable as possible.

Pillows for side sleepers

If you sleep on your side, making sure your head is positioned at just the right height is essential. You run the risk of damaging your spine's natural alignment if your head is too high or too low, which can cause pain in your neck and back.

To achieve this correct height, make sure you choose a firm or medium-firm pillow. Christy's luxury deep-sided pillow is an excellent choice for side sleepers, ensuring your head feels perfectly cushioned but well-supported throughout the night.

Pillows for back sleepers

The best types of pillows for back sleepers have a medium firmness to provide adequate support for the head without pushing it too far forward, which could strain the neck. If you sleep on your back, the ideal pillow will keep your neck in a neutral position and offer cushioning without collapsing under the weight of your head.

For this reason, hollowfibre pillows are a popular choice for back sleepers, providing a surface that is bouncy but not too soft. Christy's essential pillow pair is made from high-quality hollowfibre that's guaranteed to stay plump and cushioned, night after night.

Pillows for front sleepers

For those who sleep on their front, the best types of pillows are ones with a comfort grade from soft to soft-medium. Front sleepers should stick to pillows without much height because raising your head too high risks arching the spine backwards, which can lead to neck and back pain.

Christy's superior soft touch pillows are the perfect choice for front sleepers. Let your head sink into these smooth and comfortable pillows before slipping into a deep, rejuvenating slumber.

Choosing the right types of pillows for your specific needs

When shopping for new pillows, your sleeping position isn't the only factor to take into consideration. Also think about any specific issues that stop you from sleeping well, such as neck pain or overheating during the night.

There are pillows specially designed to meet your needs and alleviate discomfort. Making an informed choice based on those needs can improve the overall quality of your sleep.

Pillows for sensitive skin

If sensitive skin keeps you up at night,  your pillows may be triggering breakouts or itching. Certain synthetic materials are more likely to encourage a build-up of dust mites, which can irritate the skin.

To avoid this, choose anti-allergy pillows that are specially designed for sensitive skin. Christy's anti-allergy pillows are made from non-irritant hollowfibre that allows your skin to breathe and are available in both soft-medium and medium-firm.

Pillows for asthma

Similar to those who struggle with sensitive skin, the best types of pillows for asthma sufferers are the ones that deter dust mites or any other irritants that might be making your respiratory issues worse.

Switch out your old pillows for comfortable anti-allergy pillows. These pillows are specially designed to protect against bacteria and dust, meaning you’ll enjoy uninterrupted sleep night after night.

Pillows for neck or back pain

If you often wake up with a stiff neck or pain in your back, it might be because you're using a pillow that doesn't offer the right support for your sleeping position.

To keep your spine at the right angle and reduce any discomfort:

  • Side sleepers should use a firm to medium-firm support pillow
  • Back sleepers should use a medium support pillow
  • Front sleepers should use a soft to soft-medium support pillow

Pillows for warm sleepers

If you're prone to overheating during the night, choose a cooling pillow to help combat this by absorbing heat. Christy's pillows are extremely breathable, ensuring the temperature adapts depending on your body temperature.

You can also improve the quality of your sleep with breathable pillowcases, such as our soft and relaxed organic cotton pillowcases. The gauzy cotton fabric is made of two soft, light layers stitched together, which means it stays cool on hot nights and warm on cold ones.

Find the perfect pillow for you at Christy

For a deep and luxurious sleep every night, Christy's soft and bouncy pillows are the perfect choice.

With over 170 years in the home textiles industry, we've mastered the art of crafting pillows that provide everybody with the highest level of comfort - no matter your sleeping position or needs.

Browse our full range of bedding and enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, every night.

Types of Pillows: A Guide to Finding the Best Pillow for You