Is It Better to Use a Single Pillow or Two Pillows?
If you have clicked on this article, then chances are, you are interested in improving the quality of your sleep. You may be wondering, is it better to use a single pillow or two pillows?
We will discuss this debate in this article and share our best tips to help you get a peaceful night’s sleep.
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Is it better to use a single pillow or two pillows?
Sometimes, people mistakenly believe that the more pillows you sleep with, the better your quality of sleep. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Your pillow should feel comfortable and offer support for your head and upper body. It should also keep your spine in neutral alignment. The wrong kind of pillow could lead to back problems and thus prevent your body from healing during sleep.
In 2022, YouGov conducted research and found that:
- 4 in 10 Brits sleep with one pillow
- 50% of Brits sleep with two pillows
- 8% of Brits sleep with three pillows or more!
As you can see from these results, using 2 pillows appears to be the most popular option among the survey respondents.
So, why is using 2 pillows so favourable?
Well, sleeping with 2 pillows is the best option for side sleepers, due to the nature of the vertical shoulder position. But the second pillow is not for your head!
Did you know that using a second pillow between your knees can prevent the leg on top from pulling your spine out of alignment? This also ultimately relieves stress on your lower back and hips.
For back sleepers, one pillow underneath the head and one pillow under the knees is the most optimal position. This will keep the neck aligned in a comfortable way and support the natural curve in your lower back. Orthopaedic pillows are also excellent for people with back pain, as these reduce the pressure on your spine and neck.
Sleeping on your stomach is considered the worst position, as it strains your back and spine and forces your head to be turned in one direction for a period of time, which causes pain. However, many people are front sleepers, so if this is you, we recommend you use one, thin pillow. The less angled your neck and back are, the better for your overall health.
So, is it better to use a single pillow or two? Well, as you can see, it really depends on your sleeping position and comfort.
Just one, high-quality pillow underneath your head can provide adequate support to your head, neck and shoulders.
If you sleep in an unnatural position, e.g. if your upper leg rotates and distorts the natural line of the spine, this can cause aches and pain and interrupt your sleep.
Having poor posture during sleep can be detrimental for your health. It can cause unnecessary muscle or ligament strain and increase the risk of injury during exercise.
You should also never sleep with a stack of multiple, thick pillows, as this can disrupt your spine’s natural alignment.
Is a thin or thick pillow better for neck pain?
The answer is: both!
A thin pillow offers excellent support to the neck, holds your head still and aligns your spine.
Whereas a thick pillow adds a taller height and prevents your spine from twisting, making it best for side sleepers.
Can you sleep without a pillow?
Yes, it is possible to sleep on a mattress, without using a pillow!
Sleeping pillow-less offers the following benefits:
- It enables your back to extend, so you will rest in a natural position without any aches.
- It will reduce headaches, which occur if you sleep on pillows that are too soft. Pillows which are too soft can cut off part of the oxygen supply to the head, resulting in lightheadedness and headaches.
- It reduces facial acne breakout, as your dirty pillowcase can be a breeding ground for dirt, oils, bacteria and acne-causing agents.
- It prevents wrinkles; when your face rubs against your pillow, it can loosen your skin, which can lead to early wrinkles.
How often should you replace your pillows?
At Bedding Comfort Store, we recommend replacing your pillows every 1 to 2 years.
Buying fresh, new pillows to replace your old ones will greatly enhance your comfort and quality of sleep.
Over time, there will be a build-up of dirt and germs in your pillow, from daily grime such as dust mites, saliva, your dead skin cells, sweat, oils, makeup and food crumbs.
Research has found that up to a third of the weight of a pillow could be made up of bugs, dead skin, dust mites and their faeces– which makes them an ideal breeding ground for serious infections.
Hence, it is super important to clean your pillows and change them regularly, to keep your bedroom germ-free and protect your immune system from harmful pathogens.
Should babies sleep with pillows?
Children under 12 months of age should never be given pillows or a thick duvet, as this places them at risk of suffocation.
Between 18 months and 3 and a half years old, your child can transition to a toddler bed- this is when you can introduce pillows and soft bedding into the little angel’s sleeping routine.
Where can I buy pillows?
At Bedding Comfort Store, we offer a variety of high quality pillows, no matter what type of sleeper you are. From hotel quality pillows and soft pillows, to luxury pillows, we have the best products to give you a blissful night’s sleep.
Below, we have recommended a few of our favourite pillows that we offer:
Hotel Quality Pillows
Our Luxury Hotel Collection Supremely Washable Pillows (Pack of 2) offer amazing support to the body. Naturally hypoallergenic, our pillows are comfortable, durable and machine washable, so they are built to last for years. They also look super luxurious, to replicate that level of hotel comfort in your own home!
If you thought that sounded terrific, just know that you can also choose the feel of our Luxury Hotel Collection pillows:
- Choose our soft pillow (700g) if you are a tummy sleeper
- Choose our medium pillow (850g) if you are a back sleeper
- Choose our firm pillow (1,000g) if you are a side sleeper
Are you looking for luxurious pillows with another layer of padding? Then, browse our Luxury Hotel Pillow with Quilted Protection (Pack of 2). These lovely polycotton pillows come with soft, quilted protectors- these protectors have a wavy design with a zip fastening, and both sides are quilted for a luxurious feel with every flip.
The quilted protectors help keep your pillows fresh for longer- you won’t even have to wash the pillows, just wash the protectors!
What’s more, if you are an expectant mum-to-be, or you have a pregnant spouse or friend, then you will love our Soft Touch Bolster Maternity Pillow and our Soft Touch V-Shape Maternity Support Pillow.
Pregnant women know all too well how much pregnancy disrupts their sleep, as it often brings uncomfortable symptoms such as back pain, aches, fatigue and the difficulty of resting with a growing baby bump.
That is why we offer the most comfortable sleeping aids, to bring support to the pregnant mum’s body when she lays down and ease any discomfort. Our maternity pillows are designed to maximise comfort, with a soft, but sturdy structure.
Choose our V-Shape Pillow if you need help with sleeping on your side and to alleviate back pain caused by low elevation. Alternatively, if you need additional support for your legs, then simply slide our Bolster Pillow between your knees, so the pillow cuddles up against you.
We hope you now have the answer to the question ‘is it better to use a single pillow or two pillows?’
To purchase our nursery bedding, click here.