Having the right pillow is particularly important for those of us that suffer neck or back pain, or headaches. With the amount of different pillows available, it is no wonder that this is a difficult choice.
The right pillow should support your natural spinal curves regardless of the position you are sleeping in.
A low to medium height is ideal. A pillow too high will reduce the curve of the neck and make it more round, where as a pillow too low will exaggerate the curve such as when you are looking up.
The pillow should be high enough to keep your neck in the same position it is in as when you are upright, with no space between the pillow and your neck. A pillow to high or low will angle the neck upwards or downwards.
This position is generally not recommended due to the prolonged rotation of the neck during the night.
The hardness or softness of a pillow is influenced in some way by personal preference, however, there are a few things to consider.
Regardless of how supportive your pillow was initially; they should be replaced every 12-18 months.