When determining what pillow would be best suited for you, consider your own sleeping position. Contoured pillows can be very useful if sized appropriately for your neck and back sleeping is your primary sleeping position. NEVER purchase a contoured pillow if you ever find yourself on your side as it will create an inappropriate fulcrum on one side of the neck.
If you sleep on your side, your pillow should be firm enough not to allow the head to drop below the shoulder you are sleeping on. Ideally, one should have their neck at 90 degrees to their shoulder.
Of course, stomach sleeping should be avoided for a number of biomechanical/postural reasons.
For 14 years, I have recommended one pillow brand- Therapeutica. It allows you to sleep on your back and on your side, and they come in a variety of sizes.
Should you want to consider purchasing one, you need not be a patient of the clinic to do so. If dispensed by a Chiropractor, they are often covered under extended health plans.
Have a great day,
Dr. Crysta Serné
Vancouver Chiropractor and owner of Vitality Clinic