There’s an easy way to tell if it’s time for a new pillow. Fold it in half and watch what happens when you let go of it. If it doesn’t snap back into shape, it’s time to go shopping.
Don’t put off buying new bedding. How well you sleep affects your life every day. And the right pillow is essential when you’re a side sleeper. The wrong kind leads to neck and shoulder pain in the morning. But if you have a pillow that’s firm enough with plenty of loft, you’ll sleep better.
The best pillows for side sleepers fit in the curve between your shoulder and ear so that your spine is relaxed in a straight line. You may find that those with a gusseted edge are more supportive because they don’t crush as easily.
Latex and memory foam pillows are very popular among side sleepers because they offer good support and don’t need fluffing during the night. But if you have allergies, it’s smart to research your options first. Not every material is safe for sensitive skin.