If you’re a parent, chances are solid that you’re dealing with sleep deprivation. While there’s no magical elixir to solve that (bourbon being the notable exception), a good pillow can help. At the very least, the best pillows will help you go to sleep. Whether you’re looking for the best pillow for side sleepers, or the best pillow for neck pain, finding the right one can be, well, a nightmare.
We checked with the National Sleep Foundation to get some pillow guidance. And yes, according to the NSF, the right pillow can seriously improve the quality of your sleep. Surprise, surprise. But before you buy a pillow, figure out your sleep type. The easiest way to do that is by noting the position you’re in when you wake up.
If you’re a side sleeper: Find a pillow that will support your head, neck and ear as well as your shoulder comfortably.
If you’re a back sleeper: Find a thinner pillow to reduce back stress.
If you’re a stomach sleeper: Find a memory foam pillow to keep your neck and back in a neutral position.
If you have allergies: Find a pillow that’s hypoallergenic.
Without further ado, these are some of our favorite pillows for parents.
The Best Pillows
This adjustable pillow helps reduce your neck pain while you sleep.
This is a standout pillow for neck pain. Why? It helps keep your head where it should be and thus reduces pressure on your neck and shoulders.
This is the perfect all-around pillow for any sleep style. It's just supportive enough. The fill is CertiPUR shredded memory foam, so it's a solid pick for stomach sleepers especially. You can remove as much fill as you need to make sure the pillow is just right for you.
This pillow is genius because it’s fully adjustable. You simply remove foam until it’s the exact thickness you want. And because it’s a memory foam pillow, it’s also great if you sleep on your belly.
This is another fully-adjustable pillow made with CertiPUR-US certified foam. Added bonus? It has no PBDEs, TDCPP, TCEP flame retardants, formaldehyde, or phthalates. And it's hypo-allergenic, so this is our choice if you deal with allergies.
This pillow’s outer cover is made from bamboo, and you can adjust the fill to your exact sleep specifications. It’s machine-washable and the brand promises the pillow won’t go flat for five years.
If you deal with achy bones or sore muscles in your neck when you wake up, try this pillow. It's made from shredded memory foam, providing personalized support to your head, neck and shoulders.
If you’re sick of twisting and turning, trying to find the ideal sleep position, try this affordable pillow set. You remove foam to make it less firm, or add form to make it more firm, depending on what you need. The pillow is designed to reduce head and neck pain for side sleepers.
This pillow is woven with copper fibers (really!) to provide an anti-bacterial barrier. The fill feels like down, but it's actually Kapok, made from tree fibers. The pillow is hypoallergenic and the memory foam is CertiPur-US certified.
If you want a pillow that feels like down, this one is for you. It’s hypoallergenic and the filler comes from trees, not ducks. The memory foam is shredded, so while you can’t remove it as with the above pillows, you can adjust it so it feels right.
If you deal with back pain, snoring, or acid reflux, you should try this wedge pillow. It has a soft cover that you can remove and wash.
This highly-rated wedge pillow is great for snorers (guilty) and anyone with digestive or back issues. It’s made with CertiPUR-US certified foam and without TCEP flame retardants.
Another great pillow for side sleepers, and thanks to its giant amount of memory foam, promises to never go flat.
This pillow has 20 percent more memory foam comparable pillows, and thus will never flatten like a pancake. The pillow itself is machine washable. And while it’s definitely suited for side sleepers, you can adjust the memory foam for any desired sleep position. The pillow is made with Certipur-US certified foam.
You can't beat the price on this gel fiber-filled pillow, which is ideal for sleepers with asthma, allergies and other breathing issues.
These pillows are resistant to dust mites, mold and mildew, and are stuffed with gel fiber-fill that is free of allergens. Hence, they’re a good pick if you’re dealing with hay fever and the like. These pillows mold to your body, adjusting to your sleep position.
The standout thing about this pillow is that it's reversible. Meaning, it has a firmer side and a softer side, so you can pick and choose what you want based on how you feel.
If like many sleepers you tend to overheat during the night, you’ll dig this pillow’s dual cooling action from its temperature-activated foam insert. You can switch from soft to firm and back again. And its foam is CertiPUR US-certified. This is a thinner pillow, so it’s great to help with alignment, or if you sleep most on your back.
There are many reasons to love bamboo. It's hypoallergenic, cooling, and breathable. The bamboo cover on this pillow helps keep you chilled out while you sleep, and the fill gives you proper support while adjusting to your sleep position.
You get the cooling wonders of bamboo, coupled with the flexibility of adjusting the fill to fit your sleep position needs. Take you as much as you want out. You can wash the pillow and fluff it back up in the dryer. The pillow cover is completely hypoallergenic. And the foam is made without PBDE flame retardants.
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