The optimal pillow


Without a pillow, a bed is not a bed - at least for most people it is part of the bedding like the air to breathe. In addition to the "comfort factor", the most important requirement for a pillow is that it optimally supports the neck area during sleep. There is a large selection of pillows made of different materials with different fillings in various variants in the trade. Often too big for the layperson to reliably find the pillow that enables the most comfortable and ergonomically optimal lying position.

Find out now about the most important factors to consider when choosing and buying a pillow.


Which pillow shape for which sleeping position?
The task of a pillow is to fill the gap between the mattress and the head / neck so that the cervical spine does not bend and the head is neither tilted up nor down when lying down. Depending on the sleeping position, both the shape of the cavity to be compensated between the mattress and the head area and the height of the support required vary. A pillow should therefore be selected so that it perfectly supports you in the sleeping position in which you lie most of the time.

Sleeping positions and the matching pillow shapes
Back sleeper pillow
In the side position, the distance between the mattress and the head area is greatest. So that the shoulder can sink into the mattress, the pillow must not reach under the shoulder, but only support the head and neck. A pillow size of 40 × 80 cm or 40 × 60 cm is therefore recommended as the pillow size. Depending on your body contour (wide or narrow shoulders), the required height can vary - here you should test lie on the pillow and have a second person check whether the spine forms a straight line and whether your shoulder axis is at right angles to the mattress. If your neck area is significantly narrower in relation to the head width, it is most convenient to lie on an ergonomically shaped neck support pillow, otherwise pillows in the shape of a soap are also recommended.

Back sleeper pillow:
If you usually lie on your back, you should make sure that you do not select your pillow too high. A relatively flat pillow is usually sufficient to support the head horizontally - it should never be tilted upwards. In this sleeping position, the primary task of the pillow is to correctly support the lordosis in the cervical vertebrae area, so it is best to lie on a flat neck support pillow that supports the cervical vertebrae with an ergonomic increase in the lower pillow area and does not reach below the shoulder area. If you have a pronounced rounded back, you may need a slightly higher pillow to lie comfortably.

Back sleeper pillow
In the prone position, which is not recommended, no pillow is actually required, since an increase in the head area inevitably leads to the neck being bent over and the spine bending in the direction of the hollow cross. The neck vertebrae are also strongly twisted when using a pillow. If you cannot sleep without a pillow, you should only use a very flat pillow that you should not sink into - this is the only way to breathe without having to turn your head even more. For this purpose, some manufacturers offer specially shaped abdominal sleeper pillows that have a hollow in the nose and mouth area.

Which pillow filling is the best?
The best known is still the classic feather pillow, which ensures the right feather pleasure during a pillow fight. However, the very bulky pillows of size 80 × 80 cm with a filling of feathers and down are no longer the non-plus-ultra under the pillows and ergonomically not really recommended.

Discover the range of pillows with different filling materials at Betten.de:

Soft pillows in the sizes 80 × 80 cm and 40 × 80 cm
Neck support pillow in different designs
Loose fillings
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The following filling materials are preferred by people who like to sleep on a soft pillow that they can shape and "hug" themselves. With some pillows, the filling quantity can be individually adjusted.


Feathers / down:
The higher the feather content of the filling, the firmer the pillow. While best cervical pillows provides softness, the feathers are responsible for the necessary support. In addition, the load-bearing effect of the pillow can be increased by a 3-chamber structure, which is particularly recommended for neck support pillows. The pillow is then divided into three separate chambers or layers: the middle and support layer consists mainly of feathers, while the outer layers with fluffy down provide a pleasantly soft surface.

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