Pillow Types, and How they effect sleep - SensorGel
Pillow Types, and How they effect sleep - SensorGel
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Pillow Types, and How They Fit Your Sleep Style

Pillow Types, and How They Fit Your Sleep Style

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Pillows come in an array of shapes and sizes, but how do pillow types affect sleep, and what kind of pillow best fits how you sleep? This quick guide gets into four common pillow types and what they work best for.[separator size=”30″]

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Knife-Edge Pillow

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These are the most common type of pillow that people sleep with on a regular basis. They’re rectangular with a cushioned center and tapered edges that create pointed corners (hence the name). They can be filled with anything from memory foam to cotton to buckwheat husk. They’re also called loft pillows and come in high and low varieties. High loft pillows are fluffier than low loft pillows, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better. Low loft pillows are generally better for back and stomach sleepers, while high loft pillows may be suited for side sleepers, as the extra cushion better fills the space created from the shoulders.

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Neck Roll

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These pillows are long and cylindrical, and provide support for the neck. They’re commonly used as decorative pillows but they’re also popular travel pillows (the ones shaped like a “U”), thanks to their compact size, and ability to use them in irregular sleeping positions like sitting up in an airplane, as opposed to lying down on a bed. It’s a good on-the-go pillow to catch a few cat naps, but not as an every night pillow, unless used in combination with another to pillow when extra neck support is needed.

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Contoured

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Also called orthopedic pillows, contoured pillows are designed to maintain the natural  curvature of one’s neck. They’re often recommended for those with chronic neck pain, and can be a relatively affordable remedy when compared to prescription aids or costly physical therapy. These can come in their own array of shapes, depending on a person’s needs. A more structured pillow than those above, they’re typically made of memory foam or latex and can be infused with cooling gel.

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Gusseted

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A gusseted pillow is similar in shape to a loft pillow, but integrates side panels all around. This gives the pillow more shape and body than a knife-edge, and is really great for all types of sleepers, back, stomach, or side. These can be filled with down feathers, but they’re more widely available with memory foam, as it can better keep its shape over time.

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Whether you sleep on your back, your side, or your stomach, there’s a pillow to fit you. SensorGel, which specializes in cool-touch memory foam, offers a contour and gusseted pillow for ant type of sleeper. Incorporating their iCOOL technology, they offer the custom feel of memory foam, without the heat build up. Learn more about SensorGel products at sensorgel.com, and check out their product page at Macy’s.com