Consumer Reports: Will these pillows make you sleep better?

Whether you're a side-sleeper, on your back, stomach or have issues snoring--there's a pillow for that. (Image credit: Consumer Reports)

So many people look for a pillow that feels right in the store, but a squeeze can only tell so much. You actually have to lay on it for 10 -15 minutes before your neck sinks into the pillow. And, because everybody's body is different, CR says there's no one size fits all. For example, cervical pillows claim to alleviate neck pain. Experts CR has spoken to say a cervical pillow can help relieve neck pain but a lot of it depends upon fit. If that pillow is too high or too low, it can affect the way your neck is laying on it and cause more pain.

Another mistake people tend to make: over correcting what's wrong with their current pillow. If they have a pillow that's too flat or too soft they might go out and look for one that's a lot fuller and firmer or they'll sleep on too many pillows and that could upset the natural curve of their neck. Instead, we recommend that people find a pillow that fits their sleep position

If you're a back-sleeper, CR found one of the specialty wedge pillows may be an option. If you have snoring or sinus issues, that wedge pillow can elevate your head and might relieve some of that pressure. Side-sleepers have more options, but you still want to make sure your pillow is properly supporting you. Four inches off the mattress is the best way to maintain the natural curve in your head and neck. Consider firm or extra firm pillows made from memory foam or latex to keep your head at the proper angle.

Consumer Reports says no matter where or which type of pillow you buy, check the return policy to make sure you can return it if it doesn't work for you.

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