If you're a side sleeper (like two thirds of us all are), you should feel special. Why? Because side sleepers have unique requirements for their pillows. When you're on your side, your head is going to be higher off the bed than it would be if you were on your stomach or your back, so a crappy Walmart pillow just isn't going to cut it. Neither is doubling pillows or buying a standard fill pillow that's just thicker.
But, what works best?
Memory foam pillows can definitely fill the gap, as long as you get the right one. You want one that's going to be tall enough to provide the support your head needs.
Shredded or Solid Memory Foam: Which Is Better?
This really depends on personal taste. The good thing about solid memory foam pillows is that they'll hold their shape over time. No matter what you do to it, it will go back to its original shape.
Shredded memory foam is great if you like to sleep in different positions sometimes and need something that can accomodate that sleep-style.
Which Memory Foam Pillows Are Best For Side Sleeping?
Below are the best memory foam pillows for side sleepers that we've found so far. Some are cheap, some not so much, but you get what you pay for!
Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow
This pillow from Coop Home Goods is made of shredded memory foam and is designed to keep your head from sweating at night. The outer cover is 40% bamboo rayon and 60% polyester, much like other memory foam pillow covers. But, it will help keep your head cool at night.
While solid memory foam pillows advertise adjustability, this pillow is adjustable simply because it's made of shredded foam instead of solid foam. You can add to or take away as much fill from this pillow as you like, unlike other solid foam pillows. It includes a 100 night trial, so if you don't like it within 100 days, send it back.
UTTU Sandwich Pillow
This pillow from UTTU has 4 adjustable heights; you can remove the layers of memory foam to get a pillow that works right for you. It never gets hard in cold weather like some memory foam pillows do. The cover is 40% bamboo rayon and 60% polyester, but this is similar to other memory foam pillow covers on the market.
It's certified by CertiPUR-US to be made without mercury, lead, or heavy metals and it's made without formaldehyde. It's also certified by OEKO-TEX to have been tested for harmful substances. A 96 night guarantee is offered plus a 5 year warranty for quality issues.
Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow
This pillow is made of shredded memory foam with a cover made from 43% bamboo viscose and 56% polyester. The outer cover is removable so you can wash it easily and it's also hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. It also comes with a 120 night, no hassle refund guarantee AND free return shipping, should you so require. It comes in 3 sizes, standard, queen, and king and is made in the USA from USA made components.
The Scrumptious Side Sleeper Pillow
This is the most expensive pillow on the list, but it's also one of the best quality. It has adjustable height, an incredibly soft cover, and a hidden zipper that won't poke you in the middle of the night. It's handmade in Los Angeles, California. There are also pillow cases available specifically for this product here.