The Best Pillows for Side Sleepers 2020 (Top 7!) - Can These Stop Neck Pain?

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Sarah: Hey, guys.

It's Sarah from Sleepopolis.

If you are a side sleeper on the hunt for the perfect pillow, you've come to the right

place because I'm about to show you my top seven favorite side-sleeper pillows on the


Before we get into this roundup, keep in mind that I've reviewed dozens and dozens of pillows

from some of the biggest names in the game including Tempur-Pedic, MyPillow, Casper,

Purple, and so many more.

It's all on

First let's get into this roundup.

All right.

Before we get into this roundup of pillows, keep in mind that I address all kinds of questions

about side sleeping in general at the end of this video.

Also, if any questions come up throughout the course of this video or you want a personal

recommendation from me, don't hesitate to give me a shout in the comment section below.

I'd be happy to help.

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Sarah: The first pillow on my list I will say is particularly near and dear to my heart

because it's in my own pillow rotation.

It's the Eli & Elm Side-Sleeper pillow.

By its name, you probably already know that it's designed specifically for side sleepers.

First of all, it's covered in a very soft organic cotton cover.

It's filled with a proprietary blend of shredded latex and a fluffy down alternative.

Now, the internal fill offers this cozy balance between plush and supportive.

The reason it's ideal for side sleepers is because it's got this ergonomic shape that

resembles a boomerang, wherein the sides are loftier, perfect for side sleeping.

The middle is a little bit thinner for when you want to sleep on your back or if you're

transitioning from side to side.

In my experience, I find this ergonomic design to be particularly useful for alleviating

neck pain, as the shape holds your head and neck in neutral alignment with your spine.

Another thing that's great about it is that it's adjustable.

All you have to do is unzip the cover fabric, reach in, and you can manipulate the fill

in order to customize the loft and firmness to your liking.

This pillow comes in one size only.

It's about 99 bucks, but you do get a nice 45-day trial period with it.

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Sarah: Next up on my list is the Purple Harmony.

I picked it for side sleepers who like more of a quick response to pressure and more buoyant


The cover fabric is super soft, light, and breathable.

It's made from a spandex mesh material, promotes a lot of breathability through the fabric.

Then directly beneath that is the brand's proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which some

of you might already be familiar with if you know anything about the Purple mattresses

or the original Purple pillow.

It's super durable, very bouncy, and does a great job of helping the pillow to maintain

its shape.

What makes this pillow great for side sleeping, in my opinion, is its internal core of Talalay


Talalay latex is known for being super bouncy, does a great job of helping the pillow to

maintain its loft.

Remember, when you're in the side-sleeping position, you want to make sure that the loft

is not compressing over the course of the night and dragging your head down with it.

Speaking of loft, this pillow does come in two different loft options, standard, which

is 6.5 inches high, or tall, which is 7.5 inches high.

If you've got broader shoulders or you're a bit taller, you might be more compatible

with the tall option.

Either way, this pillow comes in at about 160 bucks, and you get a very generous trial

period of 100 nights to test it out.

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Sarah: Speaking of broad shoulders, this next pillow on my list might be particularly beneficial

for those of you trying to alleviate shoulder pain.

It's called the Layla pillow.

It's covered in this very cozy and cool stretch-knit cotton.

It's also infused with copper to help draw heat away from your sleeping head.

It's filled with a blend of shredded memory foam and kapok.

The memory foam is giving you that nice density and is very supportive, while the kapok is

more fluffy and is adding to that cushy comfort factor.

The thing that makes it great for alleviating shoulder pain is its super lofty build of

about seven inches tall.

In my experience, the kapok allows it to be fluffed up to be even higher than that.

If you are a side sleeper trying to alleviate shoulder pain, I suggest allowing the Layla

to conform to your head, neck, and the top of your shoulder in order to relieve that


Depending on the size you get, price ranges from about $74 to $94, but you also get a

five-year warranty and a very generous trial period of 120 nights.

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Sarah: Next up on my list is the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze from Tempur-Pedic.

I picked it particularly for memory-foam fans.

Its cover fabric is made from 100 percent cotton, feels really light, soft, and breathable.

Inside, you've got one piece of the company's proprietary Tempur material which, I'll be

honest, is my favorite memory foam on the market.

It offers a very deep sink into the material, a super moldable and slow response to pressure

that, like I said, is going to be probably favorited by those of you who can't get enough

of that memory foam feel, not to mention it's got a medium firm feel and a nice, lofty profile

which is going to help you side sleepers relieve pressure at the shoulder and help you to maintain

neutral spine alignment.

Hot sleepers might like to know that on both sides of the pillow are two cooling gel pads

that feel icy cool against your skin.

Depending on the size you choose, price ranges from about $170 to $200.

Keep in mind that Tempur-Pedic offers a five-year warranty which, in my opinion, inspires confidence

that the company proudly stands behind its product.

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Sarah: Introducing the only real down pillow on this list, the Luxe Down Pillow.

The reason there aren't a ton of down pillows on this list is because they do tend to be

a little too soft for side sleeping.

However, the Luxe Down Pillow is filled with 100 percent white duck and goose down and

features a fill power of 600, which means it's going to be really lofty and really fluffy.

If you are a side sleeper who likes to fluff and fold your pillow in order to meet your

unique needs, I recommend the Luxe Down Pillow.

Another great thing about the down in this pillow is that it's certified by the Responsible

Down Standard, which guarantees that Luxe exclusively sources its down from companies

that meet certain criteria surrounding the ethical treatment of animals.

Depending on the size pillow that you get, price ranges from about $130 to $150, but

you do have a nice 100-day trial period to test it out.

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Sarah: Next up on my list is the Birch Living pillow.

I picked it specifically for side sleepers looking to go green because it's made entirely

from ethically sourced sustainable materials.

The cover fabric is made from 100 percent organic cotton, feels soft and breathable,

but the fact that it's organic guarantees that it wasn't made with any synthetic pesticides

or genetically modified cotton seeds.

Inside the pillow is a blend of birch wool and Talalay latex.

The birch wool is ethically sourced from farms in New Zealand that guarantee that its sheep

are pasture-fed and free-range.

Something else that's great about wool that not everyone knows is that it's thermoregulating,

which means it serves to adapt to your body's temperature, serves as a great insulator when

you're cold, but also helps to wick sweat and dissipate your body heat when you warm


Meanwhile, the Talalay latex is giving you that nice buoyant support which helps the

pillow to maintain its shape and also helps side sleepers to keep a neutral spine when

they're in the side-sleeping position.

Depending on the size you choose, price ranges from about $99 to $119.

It comes with a 100-night trial period.

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Sarah: Last but certainly not least is the Saatva Dreams pillow, which is also in my

own personal pillow rotation.

I picked it particularly for combo sleepers.

If you're someone who, throughout the course of the night, transitions from your back,

your stomach, your side, the Saatva Dreams is going to support you in all positions.

What's unique about this pillow is it features a dual-layer design wherein there's an outer

pillow that's filled with a fluffy down alternative.

Then on the inside, it's got a core of shredded Talalay latex.

These things combine to offer a fluffable, foldable feel that, like I said, in my experience,

adapts really well to every sleeping position.

Depending on the size you choose, price ranges from about $145 to $165, but it does come

with free shipping and a 45-day return policy.

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Sarah: We've taken a look at my top seven favorite side-sleeper pillows.

Before we wrap up this review, allow me to talk a little bit more about the methodology

behind my picks and address some questions about side sleeping in general.

Firstly, how do you pick a side-sleeper pillow?

Well, when you're shopping for a side-sleeper pillow, there are two main things to pay attention

to, firmness and loft.

When it comes to loft, you definitely want a loftier profile of at least four inches,

but you also want to make sure that it's firm enough so that that loft doesn't compress

over the course of the night.

When it comes to finding the perfect pillow for your position, neutral spine alignment

is the name of the game.

Side sleepers need a loftier profile with a firmer feel in order to maintain neutral

spine alignment, which leads me to the next question that I get all the time, which is

how high should a pillow be for side sleepers?

Like I said, I like to aim for pillows with a loft of at least four inches high, but that's

not to say that you can't find a pillow with a loft higher than that.

However, I always suggest that folks look for pillows that feature an adjustable fill.

Having an adjustable pillow allows you to manipulate the fill until you reach the loft

and firmness that works best for your unique needs.

That said, you might be wondering what firmness is best for side sleepers.

Like I said, you want a firmer feel, but if I were you, I'd pay attention to the firmness

rating as advertised by the bedding brand itself.

You're going to want to go with something that's either medium, medium firm, or firm,

because you want to make sure that the pillow's firm enough to help it maintain its loft throughout

the entire course of the night.

Lastly, and perhaps the most frequently asked question is how many pillows should a side-sleeper


The short answer is one.

You should have one pillow that's lofty and firm enough to help you maintain neutral spine

alignment when you're in the side sleeping position.

I know that side sleepers have a tendency to use more than one pillow because it can

be tempting to stack pillows in order to reach that perfect loft and firmness, but, only

one pillow should be doing that job.

That's it for me.

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Keep in mind that I've also rounded up the best pillows for combo sleepers, stomach sleepers,

hot sleepers, pretty much every kind of sleeper.

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