Consistent, quality sleep is essential to maintaining your wellness—brain function, muscle repair, and emotional health are just a few key reasons why sleep is important. But getting 7-9 hours of high-quality, restful sleep simply isn’t a reality for everyone.
The good news is the worlds of sleep science and product engineering have coalesced to develop helpful products to improve sleep quality. From meditation apps to white noise machines and sleep trackers, there are plenty of ways to elevate your comfort and environment at bedtime.
Body pillows are full body support pillows designed to improve sleep quality and comfort by alleviating joint pressure and back pain, promoting spinal alignment, and improving blood circulation. Every design is different, but they’re typically used for side sleepers with the outside edge of the pillow positioned between the legs.
Here, we’ll dive into the benefits of body pillows, the best body pillows for different conditions and sleeping positions, and more. Read on for a complete overview, or use the links below to navigate to the section you’re most interested in.
Although there have only been a few studies done to assess body pillow benefits, there is anecdotal evidence that suggests that they may:
Finding the best body pillow depends on your body type, preferred sleeping position, and your goals—lower back relief, improved blood circulation, etc. Additionally, you might consider the material, shape, and the body pillow’s dimensions. To help you select the best body pillow for your needs, we’ve broken down the various materials and shapes you’ll find in your research.
Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of body pillows and their different variations, you may be wondering where to buy body pillows and how you can find one that fits your needs. Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best body pillows available for back pain, side- and stomach-sleepers, and more.
If you sleep on your side, like most Americans do, you’ll benefit from most types of body pillows, as many are designed with side-sleepers in mind. MedCline’s therapeutic body pillow, Shoulder Relief System, and Acid Reflux Relief System are compatible with side-sleepers.
When shopping for a body pillow, side-sleepers should look for:
If you tend to sleep on your stomach, you may ask yourself whether it’s good or bad to sleep on your stomach in the first place. (Hint: in most cases, it is). If you do decide to carry on sleeping on your stomach, make sure that you look for a body pillow that doesn’t arch your neck or back, which can happen when the head is elevated too high above the rest of your body.
Additionally, stomach-sleepers should look for the following body pillow features:
Back pain is another ailment that can cause sleep quality issues. This can be due to excess pressure, bad spinal alignment, or a natural decline in spinal flexibility due to aging.
Those looking for a body pillow to help minimize back pain should look for:
If you deal with shoulder pain when sleeping because of an injury, arthritis, nerve issues, or other reasons, it’s important to find a body pillow that can help you sleep comfortably and alleviate targeted shoulder pain.
If you want a body pillow to combat nighttime shoulder pain, look for:
Whether your shoulder pain is a chronic struggle or the result of an injury, the MedCline Shoulder Relief System is expertly designed to provide all-night comfort and support your healing journey. Our three-part Sleep System gently supports your entire body while you sleep, lifting and relieving the pressure you'd normally put on your shoulder, which can help keep your nighttime symptoms at bay. Plus, our body pillow for shoulder pain is engineered with CertiPUR-US® medical-grade memory foam that molds to your body for a soft, comfortable feel that’s durable and safe.
For many pregnant women, the quality of their sleep declines as they enter their second and third trimesters and their body begins to change more and more. Body pillows can be a great option for pregnant women looking for some extra support while sleeping on their side. Therapeutic body pillows not only offer support, but those designed for pregnancy are built with extra space to accommodate a growing belly.
To choose the best pregnancy pillow, consider the following features:
When you’re lying down, there isn’t a gravitational pull to help keep acid in your stomach where it belongs. This is one of the primary reasons many people experience worse acid reflux at night. To combat this issue, physicians recommend sleeping on your left side with your torso elevated, so that the natural curvature of your esophagus and gravity can help keep acid from refluxing.
The MedCline Reflux Relief System is the only product on the market that supports the doctor-recommended inclined, left-side sleeping position in one simple solution for successful acid reflux symptom relief without the use of stacking pillows or medications.
The best overall body pillow depends entirely on your unique body and needs. MedCline offers a number of products that aim to improve the quality and comfortability of your sleep.
To help you find the best body pillow for your needs, we’ve outlined some of the top benefits of MedCline’s proprietary sleep products below.
Want to learn more about how MedCline can help you achieve a better night’s sleep? Speak to one of our Sleep Specialists today!