This is without doubt, the best part of the process! Take a few nights to get an idea of how you like to sleep, whether it’s on your back, on your side or on your front. Keep a little notebook next to your bed to write down how you like to lie when you’re drifting off to sleep and importantly, what position you’re in when you wake up.
Knowing your preferred sleeping position is the most important factor when choosing the right pillow as this can make all the difference to how high or low your pillow should be to maximise your comfort.
Remember, the aim of your pillow (along with your mattress) is to keep your spine in total alignment so that no unnecessary strain or pressure is put on your neck, shoulders or hips.
• Sleeping on your back: Pick a medium depth pillow. These pillows hit that precise spot between stopping your head from sinking too far back and pushing your head too far out.
• Sleeping on your side: Pick a high, firm pillow. When you sleep on your side, your neck will need the maximum support, with your head supported and aligned.
• Sleeping on your front: Pick a soft pillow. Those who sleep on their stomach need to maintain their neck to spine position.
If you find that you can’t pin down a single sleeping position, don’t worry – your best choice is to aim for the happy medium. Go for a pillow of medium depth which should perfectly support you, no matter how you like to drift off.