This is the age old question – How many pillows should you be sleeping on at night? Some people might sleep on two, while others might sleep on three or maybe even one.
Studies across the years have actually shown that most of us are sleeping the wrong way. Let’s dive head-first into that, shall we?
Firstly, let’s get into why sleeping without a pillow is bad for you.
Sleeping on a mattress without a pillow will cause spine and neck pain, simply because you’re overextending your neck as you sleep. This is why you would usually have a pillow to support your neck as you extend your neck.
However, if you sleep on your stomach, or your front, sleeping without a pillow could be very beneficial for you.
But the general consensus is that you should be sleeping on exactly one pillow only.
Via 8sleep’s blog, they tracked 8 million customers sleeping habits on their pillows and found that using one singular pillow made people toss and turn less in bed, compared to using 2,3 or 4 pillows.
It’s not just using one singular pillow that will help you sleep at night, though.
According to the Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine in Japan, in a study conducted in 2014, they created an experiment where sleepers documented whether they slept on a standard feather pillow, a memory foam pillow and an orthopaedic pillow, to see what was exactly the most comfortable pillow to sleep on. Strangely enough, the orthopaedic pillow came out on top, quite simply because of its unique shape.
While sleeping on one pillow is statistically the best way to sleep, if you find it more comfortable to sleep on more than one pillow, then you should go for it.