Best Ergonomic Pillows

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Why is an ergonomic pillow different than a regular pillow?

As with all things ergo, an ergonomic pillow is going to be far more supportive.

The higher support is going to set ergonomic pillows apart from a normal pillow, which means it is better for your overall health in the long run.

You will notice immediate relief and a better night’s sleep, and the better support each night will add up to long term correction, better sleep patterns and improved health and performance throughout the day.

The pillow is going to be extremely comfortable, but it is also going to cradle your neck and head in a more natural position that keeps you from straining while you are sleeping.

You will feel that your neck is held more naturally in a curved position that elevates your head slightly.

Normal pillows do not curve to the natural bend in your neck, but are either too flat, or else too elevated and push your neck to bend unnaturally or lay flat against the surface.

This is not just uncomfortable but horribly bad for your neck and causes extreme strain to your vertebrae and overall spinal health.

You may notice this unhealthy strain every morning when you wake up, and you are probably noticing the effects of this long term as well.

Perhaps you have a constant pain that you have accepted as normal, but you do not have to worry about that once you select an ergonomic pillow for you.

What to look for in an ergonomic pillow?

Neck support

Neck support, neck support, neck support. This point cannot be stressed enough. If you are really wanting to invest in a pillow that works, the support to your cervical vertebrae is going to be paramount.

The pillows on this list are going to be high in support due to the way they are designed and modeled.

I’ve chosen pillows with specific designs and/or memory foam that will conform to the contour of our neck.

This way you will be guaranteed to feel like your neck and head are supported and that the weight is taken off of your shoulders.

 

Comfortable casing material

As I am sure that you already know, the casing of your pillow is important for your night’s sleep.

While you are probably going to put a regular pillow case over the pillow itself anyway, the original casing is still important.

You do not want a scratchy surfaced pillow, you want a soft pillow made out of natural material.

The material should also be breathable, promoting airflow to keep your from being hot, sweaty and sticky as well as durable to keep up with the many uses that your pillow will go through.

Fluffiness

Fluffiness sounds like a really silly consideration to keep on your list, but you are going to want at least a little fluff to give you comfort while you are sleeping.

Your pillow doesn’t need to be too big and fluffy because that will negate the support and the point to buying an ergonomic pillow to begin with.

However you want the pillow to be fluffy enough that it is not flat, it is good to seek a balance between the two extremes.

While some of us prefer hard pillows over fluffy, you do not want you pillow to be so rigid and hard that it lacks the proper support and compromises your comfort, or worse even, that it creates lasting problems for the entire day.

 

Durability

Of course having a durable pillow is high on the list of importance as well as you will be using this pillow for eight hours every night.

From the material that is stuffed inside the pillow to the casing, the pillow needs to be lasting so that once you pay for it, you know you will not have to replace it for a long time.

Pillow stuffing material

What your pillow is stuffed with affects all of the other areas of consideration for this list, so this may actually be the most important.

While there are a lot of options for durable, comfortable, supportive materials to stuff your pillow with, on this list you will only find the best of the best to ensure you have a great night’s sleep.

Size of the pillow

The overall size of the pillow is something to take in to consideration because of your personal preferences. Some only want a small space to rest their heads while others want the option to roll around a bit in the night. Many ergonomic and therapeutic pillows are made slightly smaller than a standard pillow, but this does not mean it is lacking, it is still a good size and a good amount of space for wiggle room.

Top 5 ergonomic pillows for you

1.   Nakital Sleeping Contour Memory Foam Neck Pillow

Nakital has created a wonderful new ergonomic memory foam pillow. The pillow is made of a hypoallergenic rayon and polyester blend that is extremely breathable which promotes and pushes better air circulation throughout the pillow keeping you cool and dry all night.

Regardless of where your dreams take you, you do not have to be afraid of night sweats and overheating on your pillow while you are sleeping.

The bamboo memory foam contours to fit your personal body shape and keep both your neck, and head supported while taking the weight off of your shoulders.

The pillow casing can be removed and is machine washable. The size is not too large, and not to small at 20″ x 12″ x 3.9″/2.7″.

The makers of this pillow suggest that the ergonomic design and memory foam contouring actually has the ability to fix the skull.

This pillow is not extremely firm and is not incredibly soft but is the right balance between the two.

Pros:

  • Machine washable
  • Memory foam
  • Bamboo
  • Extremely breathable

Cons:

  • Some customers report the pillow is too soft
  • Small size

2.   UTTU Sandwich Pillow

This ergonomic pillow is actually adjustable so that it can be accommodated to fit whoever is using the pillow, that means you can use it or share it with a family member.

You can remove the inner layer of the pillow to make it smaller or add the layer in to lift the pillow and give you more elevation.

The Uttu foam will conform to the natural shape and curve of your spine and head which will give you maximum support.

While some memory foam pillows cannot hold up under varying temperatures, this pillow will not.

Some lose their firmness in the heat or else get rock solid in the cold, but this pillow will remain firm and fluffy regardless.

Pros:

  • Remains firmness
  • Adjustable
  • Bamboo cover
  • Washable

Cons:

  • Slightly small size
  • Gets hot easily

3.   LANGRIA High-Density Memory Foam Bed Pillow

This is a three pound pillow that is made completely of antibacterial memory foam that holds your head carefully while you are sleeping.

You will be supported, comfortable and rested the entire night.

Your quality of sleep will be directly impacted by the contoured design of the pillow and you will notice that you are breathing easier and that your neck is being held firmly in place, but not so firmly that you cannot rest easily.

The fabric cover is knitted and comes with caveats that promote airflow to keep you cool and dry while you are sleeping.

Pros:

  • Air circulation
  • Light weight
  • Antimicrobial
  • Not expensive

Cons:

  • May be too soft for some customers
  • Some customers report hot, sweaty nights

4.   Medium Profile Memory Foam Neck Pillow

Highly recommended by many customers, this bamboo pillow is soft, supportive and extremely comfortable.

The special density foam is designed to mold to the form of your neck and head better than regular memory foam pillows.

The foam is designed to be breathable and promote airflow to keep your dry throughout the night.

This pillow is designed to be eco friendly without heavy metals and toxins meaning it is a great choice for the entire family.

Pros:

  • Eco friendly
  • Breathable
  • Cost effective
  • Supportive

Cons:

  • Some customers report the pillow is too flat
  • Some customers report the pillow is not firm enough

5.   NURSAL Contour Memory Foam Pillow

Nursal markets this pillow as a pain and fatigue relief pillow. This pillow is ensured to give you a good night’s sleep and not just to sleep but to wake up feeling that you have actually rested.

The pillow is designed to evenly distribute the weight from your head and neck on the pillow’s surface in order to help relieve the pressure, strain and stress on your cervical vertebrae and on your body at large.

The pillow is made out of high density memory foam that helps conform to the shape of your head and neck.

The pillow is designed with a curved contour that promotes better sleep and less snoring. The pillow is hypoallergenic and washable so that you can keep it clean at all times.

Pros:

  • Low cost
  • Machine washable
  • Curved design for better support
  • Reduces fatigue

Cons:

  • Some have reported it is a slightly flat pillow
  • The pillow is not breathable

Final Thoughts

No more tossing and turning at night on an uncomfortable, unsupportive pillow.

You can stop counting sheep and start getting a better night’s sleep as soon as you choose one of these top choices for an ergonomic pillow.

Because they come designed to support your cervical vertebrae, you will feel that  the pillow has alleviated strain and stress from your neck and taken the weight off of your shoulders while you are sleeping.

A better night’s sleep will make you not just well rested but more productive throughout the day all over.

 

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Kealoha

Hi, I'm Kealoha, an American engi-nerd. I've designed dozens of software systems for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide and institutions like MIT’s Digital Media Lab. I started to get carpal tunnel syndrome early in my career and a total
switch to ergo products has completely eliminated any pain or discomfort despite decades of crazy hours behind screens. I hope you too weave in a bit of ergo into your lives.

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