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How to Sleep on A Memory Foam Pillow

How to Sleep on A Memory Foam Pillow
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You’ve had it with waking up feeling like a train wreck – good for you! Those blaring headaches and stiff muscles would drive anyone up a wall, and it’s nice to see that you’re finally taking serious steps to eliminate those bothers from your life once and for all. Good riddance!

Out with the old traditional pillow and in with a new one made out of supple memory foam!

There’s really no comparison – memory foam pillows are healthier on your neck and back, more breathable, and, at least as far as feathered pillows of the same quality are concerned, cheaper than the pain-inducing lump you’ve been wasting away on for so long.

How to Sleep on A Memory Foam Pillow

So you’ve bought that radiant new memory foam pillow, great! But now what? How do you use the thing? What’s with all those weird shapes that seemingly look uncomfortable and way too big? It looks like you need a guide on how to sleep on a memory foam pillow, and this just happens to be one.

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Getting Off to a Good Start

You may have already purchased a new pillow, but if you haven’t it’s a good idea to get to know what you can do to make sure your new sleeping experience starts off as pleasantly as possible. Our memory foam guide covers some of the basics you should know. Like with any other product, doing research on and comparing a couple of memory foam pillows before pulling the trigger will help you avoid some common traps.

For starters, there’s memory foam, and then there’s memory foam. The right kind will make you feel like you’re on cloud nine while a cheaply made alternative can cause more damage than any pillow can prevent.

Read up on foam density, its retentive properties and rate of bounce back. Try to choose one that’s not too firm but doesn’t completely lose its shape under pressure either.

You should also pay attention to the pillow’s size as that will directly affect how at ease you’re going to be while using it. Too puffed up is no good, and neither is too thin, especially for side sleepers.

While you won't always be able to test the pillow out in person, online reviews can give you a good idea of the given model’s specifications and how these translate to your particular frame.

Once you have the pillow, you should observe a break-in period in which to get used to the new foam’s feel. You may find that the pillow is too hard the first night you’re using it, but starts becoming more and more comfortable as the foam and your body find a common language.

Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sadly, people who insist that sleeping on their stomach aren’t only at risk of pain and injury because of this unhealthy position, but also won't get much out of sleeping on memory foam pillows as they aren’t made with that awkward pose in mind.

Very thin pillows in the traditional shape will take some of the pressure off, but even so it may be a good idea to consider trying out something healthier like sleeping on your back.

Sleeping on the Back

Here’s where memory foam pillows start coming into their own. Most memory foam pillows are completely flat on one side while having two lofts of varying heights and a dip in between on the other.

That smaller loft is specifically there for people who sleep on their back as it provides just enough support for the neck while its downward slope and the dip that follow gently cradle your head.

Place the pillow with the smaller loft facing towards your feet. Bring the lower edge of the pillow in alignment with your shoulders and as close to them as possible without actually touching them.

After that, lay the back of your head on the pillow. It might feel stiff or even a bit rough at first, but give your body heat and the pressure you exert on the pillow a few minutes to shape the foam into a more relaxing shape.

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Sleeping on the Side

You’ve probably known where this was going as soon as the standard memory foam pillow’s shape was mentioned – the big loft is there for side sleepers like you to feel like a great weight has been lifted off of their shoulders, literally! 

Sleeping on the side like that would be impossible without a pillow and can be very uncomfortable with one unless its shape lends itself to keeping the neck and head aligned with the lower portions of your spine. A side sleeper bed wedge pillow is the perfect choice for people who prefer to sleep on their sides.


It’s probably way too bulgy for any other position, but side sleeping is where the bigger loft shines. Place your pillow on the bed with the flat side facing down and with the bigger loft towards your feet.

Put yourself in a position that’s exactly the same relative to the pillow as described above, only his time place your head on it sideways and lay on your side so that there’s no tension or strain on your neck.

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