How many pillows should you sleep with?

Statement cushions have become a must-have item for any bedroom but how many cushions/pillows should you actually sleep with?

It turns out that it depends on which position you prefer to sleep in! Most people tend to sleep with two pillows beneath their head, but experts say this might not be the best for your body. 

Why Do We Sleep on a Pillow?

The Egyptians used stones to rest their heads on whilst they slept, to prevent bugs from crawling up their noses! This isn’t really a risk for us now in the 21st century, yet pillows are still seen as an essential sleep accessory.

Let’s first think about the way our spine, neck and head are aligned. When we walk around, our neck and head sit directly atop our spine. Why do we consider it comfortable to completely change this alignment whilst we sleep? 

In fact, some research shows that sleeping without a pillow could actually be much better for us! But we know that that isn’t always realistic to sleep without a pillow. They’re super comfy after all. So, how many pillows should you sleep with?

Sleeping Positions

Side Sleepers

The most common way that people sleep is on their side. It is recommended that side sleepers use two pillows – but, before you get excited, they aren’t both for beneath your head! 

To align your spine and ensure that you’re getting the support that you need, it is recommended to sleep with one pillow beneath your head, and one between your knees. This is because the leg you place on top when you sleep on your side can pull your spine out of alignment, leading to issues with your lower back and hip in the future. 

Back Sleepers

Sleeping on your back is proven to be the best way to sleep for supporting your spine. So, if you’re doing that, well done!  It is still recommended that you use one thin pillow beneath your head to maintain neck and spine health whilst sleeping in this position.

Laying on your back may be the recommended way to sleep, yet people often say that laying flat on their back is painful for their lower back muscles. 

Don’t worry though, we have a solution for that! Try putting a pillow beneath your knees to encourage your spine to stay aligned in its natural curvature, this should subsequently reduce any strain in your lower back. 

Front Sleepers

Sleeping on your front is proven to be the worst way that you can sleep for your health. Though sleeping like this could stop you from snoring, it’s terrible for your back and neck. Not only does it make it hard to keep your spine in its natural position through the night, but it also puts additional strain on joints and muscles. 

In this position, try not to have a pillow beneath your head. If you really need to, ensure that it is a thin, soft pillow. It is also a good idea to put a thin pillow beneath your pelvis. This will help to align your spine. 

Visit M6 Beds today and we can help you choose the perfect pillows for you and your requirements!