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Pillows for Back Pain

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Many of us have experienced back pain at some point. Whether this has been caused by spinal injuries, health conditions or poor posture, you may find that some pillows don’t offer the support that you need. 

It’s essential to pick a pillow that suits your condition, and the material used to fill the pillow plays an important role:

    • Hollowfibre pillows - This light and breathable material is an excellent choice for summer. 
  • Memory foam pillows - This memory foam material fits around the shape of your head, providing exceptional neck support, proving a great choice for those with back pain.
  • Duck or goose feather pillows - These pillows are lightweight and compress well to cradle your head. 
  • Duck or goose down pillows - Down is the thermal-insulating under-feathers in birds. This makes a soft and lightweight pillow that easily compresses to provide contouring support.

We’re confident that our pillows can help alleviate back pain, but if the pain persists, then it’s important to consult your doctor. 

FAQs for pillows for back pain

Which pillow is best for back pain?

Depending on your sleeping position, each individual will benefit from a different type of pillow:

  • Side sleepers should opt for a firm pillow, as the shoulders place a bigger gap between your head and the pillow. Choosing a pillow with a low loft could cause significant misalignment for a side sleeper- shop pillows for side sleepers
  • Back sleepers will best benefit from medium pillows to allow the head to be raised slightly and keep the neck and spine aligned - shop pillows for back sleepers

Although there is no definitive best pillow for back pain, some pillows are shaped to alleviate back and neck pain. 

  • V-shaped pillow - This proves to be an incredibly supportive pillow, providing spine, shoulder and lumbar support. V-shaped pillows offer coverage around your neck and spine to help reduce aches and pains and encourage you to sleep comfortably. The Slumberdown V shaped pillow even comes with an additional easy-care polycotton pillowcase for a perfect fit.
  • Contour pillow - Made of memory foam, these pillows naturally adjust to the shape of your body. Due to their wavy design, contour pillows can be used in 3 different ways, depending on what works best for you. The Snuggledown Bliss Memory Foam Contour Firm Support Pillow could be the perfect pillow for you, particularly for those who love the cold side of the pillow with its cool touch cover. 
  • Body Pillows - These pillows are perfect for providing unrivalled support for not only back pain but leg and neck pain too by relieving pressure on the joints. The Slumberdown Body Support Pillow is the perfect choice to help relieve pain and encourage more restful sleep. 

Can a pillow help with back pain?

Without the right pillow, your sleep could be hindered. Unfortunately, this can be cyclical, as your back pain affects your sleep quality, and this poor sleep can ultimately make the pain worse. At Sleepseeker, we have a collection of pillows for back pain that will provide you with just what you want - a great night’s sleep.

Where should I put my pillow for lower back pain?

For lower back pain, it’s worth trying a few different sleeping positions to help alleviate the pain. 

  1. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees
  2. Sleeping on your side in the foetal position
  3. Sleeping on your stomach with a pillow under your stomach
  4. Sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees
  5. Sleeping on your back whilst in a reclined position

How should I sleep to relieve back pain?

Although there isn’t one particular way to avoid or relieve pain in your back, some sleeping positions may be more beneficial than others. 

  • Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees can help to reduce lower back pain by squaring the hips. 
  • Sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees can help to prevent pressure from building on the spine.
  • Sleeping in the foetal position, with both knees bent and your upper body curved towards your knees can help to promote spinal alignment. With this sleep position, ensure your body weight is distributed evenly.
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