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Best Pillows for Side Sleepers 2021

Saturday, 5 December 2020  |  Eugene

Perhaps the most important part of our days, and one of the most neglected, is our time spent asleep. People focus so much on getting things done throughout the day that they can forget to devote adequate time to sleep, and when they do, they're often not doing it right. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, you probably are fairly committed to your preference, and know what works for you.

Best Pillows for Side Sleepers

Is Side Sleeping Good for You?

For spinal health and quality rest, most sleep and spine experts recommend their patients sleep on their sides. Compared to sleeping on your back, which is the most popular position, side-sleepers enjoy benefits like a decrease in acid reflux, reduced pressure on the back, and reduced snoring. These factors can all lead to a much better night's sleep, but the pillow you're using may be hurting your ability to enjoy these benefits. Standard pillows aren't designed for side sleepers, so to get the most out of your night's sleep, you need a pillow that is.

Side Sleeping Tips

If you're one of the many sleepers that's heard the benefits of side-sleeping, and want to get in on the benefits yourself, we're here to help. Here are some useful tips we've collected to help you give side-sleeping a try, so hopefully you'll be able to make the transition without too much difficulty:

  1. Fill the Neck-Mattress Gap – One of the potential hazards to side-step when side-sleeping is the crevice that can sometimes be left between your neck and mattress. This gap can lead to pain in your neck when you're wake, as your neck may be forced into a sideways position for the night. For this, you need a pillow that will fill the gap with the right height and right density, which usually means a foam pillow.
  2. Sleep with a Pillow Between Your Legs – If you've been uncomfortable sleeping on your side, and have filled the neck-mattress gap, you have most likely experienced hip or lower back pain. This can be solved with a pillow between the legs, which can help to align your spine, relieve pressure on your hips, and give you that perfect night's sleep.
  3. Choose the Right Pillow!  This is probably the most important thing to remember for side-sleepers. A pillow that's too soft will leave your head unsupported, while a pillow that's too high or dense will leave your neck strained, both leading to a painful neck in the morning. 

Our Top 5 Pillows for Side-Sleeping

Now that we've pointed out why the wrong pillow can be an issue, it's time to become even more helpful. While proper positioning and posture is crucial for a good night's sleep on your side, nothing is more important than your pillow.

To help with your search for the perfect pillow, we've had our product experts put together some of our favourite pillows for side-sleepers, which we'll lay out for you below.

Our Best Pillow for Side-Sleepers

Harley Original Supportive Neck Pillow

Harley original supportive neck pillowSide-sleeping pillows are often designed to be contoured to your neck, and the Harley Original Supportive Neck Pillow is a perfect example. It is suitable for both back- and side-sleepers, allowing you to change your position throughout the night without sacrificing your comfort. It is made from cold cast polyurethane to provide plenty of support, and is moulded with a rounded neck to relax the vertebrae.

The rounded neck works to support the neck and accommodate the shoulders, perfectly filling that neck-mattress gap that can occur when you sleep on your side. These pillows have become a classic design, and have helped thousands of back and side-sleepers alike enjoy a perfect night's sleep over the years. With a beautifully smooth surface and long lifespan, this could very well be the best, and last, cushion you'll ever buy.

Best Pillow for Back and Side-Sleepers

Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Sleeping Pillow

Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Sleeping PillowWhile some pillows are great for side or back sleepers alone, Therapeutica have designed a remarkable pillow that's built for both. The Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Sleeping Pillow provides unrivalled freedom and design, as side-sleepers can use either the left and right pad, or roll to the centre portion to sleep on their back. 

The side sections of the pillow are higher than the centre, helping to perfectly accommodate your shoulder, allowing you to rest your head with your neck in a neutral position. This position can help to reduce stress and blood pressure, as well as repair cellular damage and even improve mood, memory and concentration throughout the day. While other pillows can contribute to the misalignment of your spine, this pillow is custom built to be perhaps the best, and healthiest, around.

Best Side-Sleeping Pillow for Ear Pain

Original Pillow with a Hole

Pillow with a Hole for Ear Pain, CNH, Surgery and MoreWhile sleeping on your side is great for reducing back pain and a host of other problems, it can tend to cause ear pain for some. To solve this problem, the Original Pillow with a Hole is a comfortable pillow designed with a cut-out around the ear to completely relieve pressure on the area as you sleep.

Ideal for a host of issues like ear surgery recovery, sleeping with piercings or chondrodermatitis (CNH), this pillow is a simple and elegant solution. It's also made with 'Ball-Fibre', consisting of tiny coils to provide a plump, bouncy and comfortable feel.


Best Memory Foam Side-Sleeping Pillow

Harley Designer Pillow

Harley Designer Pillow for side sleepersFor many, memory foam is the only material worth their money when it comes to pillows, and they don't come better than the Harley Designer Memory Foam Orthopaedic Pillow. The UK's top-selling orthopaedic pillow, the Harley Designer is made with moulded viscoelastic memory foam that was first developed for NASA space missions.

It intelligently shapes itself to the requirements of the user's body, supporting the head, shoulders and neck all night long. This pillow will also reduce the heat between your head and the pillow, preventing sweat and helping you stay asleep for longer. It contributes to better weight distribution, thereby relieving tension in your neck and helping you to wake up without neck strain. If you're looking for a pillow with the side-sleeper stamp of approval, the Harley Designer Pillow is a safe bet.

Best Travel Pillow for Side-Sleepers

Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Travel Sleeping Pillow

Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Travel Sleeping Pillow

It's all well and good to have the perfect sleeping pillow at home, but neck and spinal pain won't take a back seat when you're on the road either. The Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Travel Sleeping Pillow is designed to be a lifeline for side-sleepers away from home, allowing you perfect posture and support, wherever you are.

This handy little travel companion boasts the same features as the larger Therapeutica pillow mentioned above, with all the convenience of a travel-size. You can sleep on either your side or your back with your neck and shoulders fully supported. This will relieve your back, shoulder and neck pain, while reducing your snoring and enhancing the quality of your sleep.

Not Convinced?

If you aren't convinced by our choices, we have a full range of pillows for side-sleepers available at Health and Care, all with free UK delivery! To see our entire range of memory foam pillows for side-sleepers, click the link below.


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Shop Our Pillows for Side Sleepers

Harley Designer Memory Foam Orthopaedic Neck Support Pillow
  • Orthopaedic memory foam pillow for neck support
  • Provides contoured support to reduce neck and shoulder pain
  • Ideal for side, back and stomach-sleepers alike
  • Available in five shapes and sizes for customised support

Harley Original Contour Neck Support Pillow for Neck Pain
  • Orthopaedic pillow recommended for neck pain and support
  • Supports the neck to reduce shoulder, upper back and neck pain
  • Comfortable pillow for back, side and stomach sleepers
  • Available in five different sizes to suit your precise requirements

The Original Pillow with a Hole
  • Pillow with a hole in its centre to relieve pressure on ear
  • Ideal for those who suffer from ear pain or chondrodermatitis 
  • Zipper makes removing stuffing and adjusting firmness easy 
  • Hypoallergenic pillow to reduce allergies

Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Orthopedic Pillow for Neck Pain
  • Orthopedic pillow for neck and shoulder pain
  • Designed as a spinal alignment and sleep comfort pillow
  • Can be used as a pillow for side sleeping
  • Non allergenic and non toxic materials for safe sleep

Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Travel Sleeping Pillow
  • Convenient travel size;
  • Ability to sleep on side or back;
  • Relief for shoulder, neck and back pain;
  • Supports the natural curve of the upper spine.