When you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, it feels like there are about a million things that could come in between you and those high-quality zzz’s. Noisy neighbors, beautiful-but-boisterous bird songs, feeling too hot or too cold, you get the picture. But one of the biggest disruptors of sleep is physical discomfort.
If you’ve tossed and turned your way into becoming a side-sleeper, your next step toward better sleep may involve a pillow with an arm hole. Side-sleeper pillows with arm holes are specially engineered to help side-sleepers find their optimal resting position. By including an arm hole, these pillows prevent nighttime shoulder pain and keep your arms from falling asleep at night, among other important benefits.
In this post, we’ll discuss how pillows with arm holes can improve your sleep, how to choose the best pillow for your sleeping posture, and more. Use the links below to jump ahead to the section that best answers your query, or read through for a comprehensive overview.
Pillows with arm holes are just what they sound like — a pillow with an arm pocket that allows your arm to rest comfortably and naturally beneath you while you sleep. Why the carved out arm section? By creating a space for your arm to rest, the pressure is taken off of your shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand, helping to eliminate the physical discomforts, like numbness and shoulder pain, that are typically associated with side-sleeping.
Finding your ideal sleep posture1 can feel like a life-long Goldilocks challenge. Back-sleepers tend to experience intensified snoring, stomach-sleepers generally deal with less snoring but in turn, stomach and side-sleepers alike exert more pressure onto their limbs and muscles, resulting in aches, pains, and tingling. But side-sleeping offers plenty of benefits that can outweigh the drawbacks, especially if you invest in a side-sleeper pillow with an arm hole to minimize some of these pain points.
National Sleep Foundation1, there are several benefits that side-sleeping can offer:
However, without the proper setup, sleeping on your side can put too much pressure on your upper body and ultimately result in uncomfortable aches and pains. That’s where the pillow with an arm hole comes into play. By taking the pressure off of your arm and positioning you at a naturally supportive incline, these ergonomically designed pillows achieve optimal comfort for side-sleepers.
It’s estimated that we spend about one-third of our lifetime sleeping2, so finding the perfect pillow for your sleeping posture is a worthwhile investment! With hundreds of specialized pillows to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the right one for you. We’ve created a buyer’s guide and compiled some of our most frequently asked questions to help our side-sleepers find the best arm hole pillow for their needs.
To further refine your search, check out these side-sleeper pillow FAQs
Because side-sleepers put so much pressure on their side — specifically their shoulders, arms, and wrists, they often experience aches, pain, and numbness in these areas. By taking the pressure of body weight out of the equation, pillows with arm holes create the best environment for side-sleepers. What’s more, the wedge construction keeps your head, neck, and chest supported while you reap the benefits of the side-sleeping posture.
A wedge pillow with an arm hole is best for those who deal with shoulder pain. By eliminating pressure from your shoulders, you’ll still feel supported where you need to, just without irritation or pressure on your existing pain points.
The ideal pillow should offer up plenty of support and foster comfort for your whole body. Memory foam pillows typically provide optimal firmness because they mold to the individual’s body while maintaining their ergonomic shape, creating lasting cloud-like comfort.
No, some pillows with arm holes are designed for stomach-sleepers. Make sure that the pillow you’re looking at is suitable for multi-use, or engineered for your preferred sleeping posture.
To properly care for your pillow with an arm hole, it’s a good idea to reshape the structure back to its original form each morning. This step will help preserve its form and ensure lasting comfort. Additionally, make sure to keep your pillow dry and safe from elements that might impact its shape. Stains can be removed with a diluted mixture of baking soda, water, and a few drops of vinegar. Note: Our Shoulder Relief system includes removable, washable cases; additional cases can be purchased as an accessory.
Our simple yet effective wedge pillow with arm hole designs offer unparalleled shoulder and acid reflux relief while keeping pressure off of your side.
Our acid reflux pillow is the only product on the market constructed to follow the doctor-recommended posture for GER and GERD. By combining a J-shaped therapeutic body pillow with an advanced positioning wedge, our Reflux Relief Pillow achieves the ideal left-side, inclined position to minimize acid reflux symptoms.