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Best Pillows for Side Sleepers

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Best Pillows for Side Sleepers

December 9th, 2022


If you prefer sleeping on your side, we have the article to help narrow down the best pillows. From latex core pillows to memory foam infused with advanced materials, we’ve compiled the best pillows that Sleepy’s offers to help side sleepers achieve their healthiest night’s sleep.

Latex Pillows

Latex has grown in popularity as pillows for side sleepers due to their extraordinary comfort. This is because the material is solid and can withstand much weight without losing its form. Sleeping on a latex pillow may also help alleviate allergy problems because it is also hypoallergenic so that you won’t be waking up in the middle of the night with a stuffy nose.

Comfortech Talalay Latex Pillow

If you are looking to achieve a night of more restful sleep, the Comfortech Talalay Latex Pillow has superior rebound properties. You can enjoy long-lasting comfort thanks to its latex core offering the best neck support and the added benefit of a natural cotton cover for breathability. This latex pillow is available in a medium profile making it an ideal pillow for a range of sleep types.

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Belize Natural Latex Pillow

The Belize Natural Latex Pillow has been designed with superior cushioning comfort to achieve a supportive sleep. The contoured shape of the pillow that supports and cradles the head, neck and shoulders. It is also constructed with naturally resistant latex that prevents the growth of bacteria and dust mites, and it is suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers.

This latex pillow is available in Medium and High profiles.

Belize Talalay Latex Pillow with Dual Sleep Surface Pillow Cover

Get the support you need for a comfortable night’s sleep and stay cool as the seasons change with the Belize Talalay Latex Pillow with Dual Sleep Surface Pillow Cover. This high-profile pillow comes encased in CoolTouch, a cooling phase material for warmer nights and a Tencel blend moisture-wicking fabric on the flip side for the ultimate flexibility. Side sleepers can get the best of both worlds, a cool and supportive night’s sleep.

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Memory Foam Pillows

If you suffer from neck stiffness or headaches, memory foam pillows may help you relax and relieve pressure. Memory foam offers the unique ability to mould to the contours of your head, neck, and shoulders while providing excellent support. Other amazing benefits of memory foam include being hypoallergenic and extremely durable, so it will not keep you congested or lose its shape over time.

Malouf Z Shoulder Zoned Dough Pillows

Malouf’s range of Shoulder Zoned Dough® Memory Foam Pillows features a unique shoulder recess designed specifically for side sleepers. The medium profile and ergonomic design of these pillows cradle the head while, at the same time, providing optimal neck support. These pillows will help you get an even more relaxing night’s sleep as they are infused with invigorating scents that help with improve mood, ease tension headaches, and ease stress.

The different scented pillows available include*:


*Each purchase comes with an added spritzer bottle for reapplication.


Malouf Zoned Dough Pillows

The Malouf Zoned Dough Pillows are constructed with memory foam moulds to your shape to relieve the frustrating tension that inhibits your sleep. The ergonomic design of the pillow features zones that create soft and firm regions in the centre and surrounding parts. The centre provides support for your head, while the surrounding zones provide cushioning for your neck. The plush memory foam can also be infused with a relaxing scent for a more relaxing and comfortable night’s sleep.

The different scented pillows available include*:

Each purchase comes with an added spritzer bottle for reapplication.

Next Gen Visco Memory Foam Pillow

The Next Gen Visco Memory Foam Pillow is designed to assist in even weight distribution for improved neck and head support. The solid memory foam has an open cell structure that increases breathability while at the same time redistributing pressure. It also has a machine-washable soft-touch polyester knit cover for a longer-lasting side sleeper pillow.


This pillow is available in Medium and Contour profiles.

Fusion Gel Memory Foam Pillow

The Tencel Fusion Gel Pillow is constructed using a foam that combines memory foam with advanced gel particles to help manage your sleep temperature. These gel particles absorb heat away from the foam so you can enjoy a cool night’s sleep, and with the added moisture wicking Tencel pillow cover, your pillow is fresher for longer.

This pillow is available in Medium, High and Contour profiles.


Graphene Infused Memory Foam Pillow

Combine the supportive memory foam and temperature-regulating graphene particles, and you have the Graphene Infused Pillow to help side sleepers achieve a restful night’s sleep. Graphene particles can whisk the heat away from the pillow’s surface to create a comfortable exterior. At the same time, the memory foam provides support for your head and neck.

This pillow is available in Medium and Contour profiles.

Copper Gel Infused Memory Foam Pillow

CopperGel is a specially designed material that promotes a neutral sleeping temperature while shielding side sleepers against viruses and unrivalled protection from common bacteria. The CopperGel Infused Pillow is made from memory foam to support your head and neck and comes with a Tencel and Cotton blend cover for a breathable sleeping surface.

This pillow is available in Medium and Contour profiles.

What to Consider When Purchasing Pillows for Side Sleepers

When it comes to choosing the right pillow for your sleeping position, consider the following attributes to help you decide what’s best:


  • Profile: The profile of a pillow – sometimes called loft – refers to the strength (thickness) of the cushioning of the pillow. This is the most important thing for side sleepers to consider as they need, at minimum, a medium-profile pillow and, at best, a high-profile one. Side sleepers require a firmer pillow because it prevents their heads from sinking too low that it sags below the spine, causing all kinds of muscular issues.
  • Support: This refers to how adequately the pillow maintains the posture of your head and neck. You need a pillow that doesn’t sink too much or elevate your head excessively. The best pillow for support for side sleepers generally comes with solid foam or latex cores.
  • Shape: Most pillows are made with materials that compress over time, causing the pillow to lose shape and feel less comfortable. A pillow made with quality materials will have longevity and be less likely to lose shaper over time.
  • Quality Materials: The right materials can positively impact a wide range of qualities, including durability, temperature regulation, and shape retention. While you may pay more for these pillows, side sleepers are guaranteed a longer-lasting, stronger-performing pillow.
  • Get Fitted: When you visit a Sleepy’s showroom, we assess your spine from head to toe, including your neck. You are able to have a consultant talk you through your pillow options and assess which pillows help support your spine the most as you sleep.


Does Side Sleeping Cause Neck Pain?

Side sleeping is generally considered a better sleeping position for a healthy spine. Try lying with your lower leg straight and bend your upper leg or try placing a pillow between your knees and bending both your knees and hips slightly to position your pillow. This will reduce pressure placed on the spine and provide alignment.

You can develop neck pain if you do not have the correct pillow that doesn’t maintain a neutral position as you sleep. The pain is the result of your head to either sinking too low or raised too high above the spine.

If you’re a side sleeper, we hope you have found this article as helpful as these pillows are for your head and neck. Looking for more products to help you get a great night’s sleep this summer? Check out the Best Sheets for Summer.