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9 Pillows for Side-Sleepers to Nix Neck and Shoulder Pain

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If you’re a side-sleeper, you’re in good company: A 2012 poll from Anna’s Linens showed that 74 percent of Americans snooze on their sides, with stomach sleepers and back sleepers coming in at a close second and thirds. As comfortable as side-sleeping can be, however, it can also cause issues in the neck and shoulder departments. Luckily, they can sometimes be resolved simply by investing in one of the best pillows for side-sleepers.

Side-sleeping has its pros and cons. On the plus side, there are many health benefits to reposing in this position. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, it can help those suffering from sleep apnea, acid reflux, heartburn, GERD. Due to the positioning of certain organs, like the stomach, however, the latter statements are only true when sleeping on your left side.

On the other hand, given that sleeping on your side may require resting on one arm, this position can also result in numbness and neck pain — particularly if you also pull your chin down into a fetal position.

This position also means placing a good amount of your weight on one of your shoulders, which can lead to additional aching and straining over time.

As such, it’s very important to be conscious of the alignment of your head, neck, and spine, as well as the overall straightness of your legs and back (think log position) when you sleep on your side. For added support with alignment, fit can help to place a body pillow between your knees to alleviate pressure on your hips and lower back.

What is the best pillow for side sleepers? 

Grab a sleep mask and your favorite mattress topper and get ready to drift off into Dreamland with the best headrests money can buy. Keep scrolling below to learn more about FIRST for Women’s picks for the best-rated pillows for side sleepers with neck and shoulder pain.

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