Updated: September 2018
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night because your back pain makes it impossible to find a comfortable position? Are you waking up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep because of the throbbing in your lower back? What you need is a body pillow.
And for those that think body pillows are ONLY for pregnant women, that is absolutely not the case. Sure, guys will probably not be bragging to their friends about this purchase, but body pillows are definitely worth trying if you’re looking to relieve pain while laying. Using a body pillow is a bit different than a standard pillow but after you do, you might wonder why you haven’t tried one sooner.
The best body pillow for back pain provides excellent support to help align your spine naturally and let you get some good rest. A full body pillow also provides support for your neck. That also helps take more of the pressure off your aching back. No matter whether you’re petite or over six feet tall, there’s a body pillow out there for you. Here’s what we recommend:
At just under six feet in length, this body support pillow can be arranged any way you like. Forming a horseshoe shape creates a place to lay your weary head and support your neck at a natural angle. Part of the pillow provides something to rest your back against. Around front, you’ve got something to wrap an arm around and hold between the knees.
If you’re worried about fillers that trigger allergic reactions, the Comfort U is just what you need. The pillow is filled with a blend called Fusion Fiber. The polyester polymer is polished so that the fibers brush gently and won’t turn into a bag full of lumps. The fiber texture allows the material to compress and expand to conform to your body perfectly. You’ll also like the heat resistant qualities that keep the pillow at a comfortable temperature all night long.
For those who are pregnant, sleeping on the back during the first trimester of a pregnancy is not that difficult. As you get toward the end of the second one, the pressure on your back is significant. With the Comfort U, it’s possible to settle on the side and have just enough support for your back. This pregnancy body pillow also provides a nice cushion for the tummy and helps you to position the legs so that the muscles can relax.
One thing to keep in mind about this body pillow is that washing it in a typical home machine won’t do the trick. To get it really clean, take it to a local laundromat and use one of the larger washers built for laundering comforters and similar items. Remember to toss a tennis ball or dryer ball in the commercial dryer as a way to help the pillow fluff easier.
Sure, you can find less expensive body support pillows on the market, but this is not the kind of purchase where saving money is the focus. Once you try the pillow and see what a difference it makes in terms of comfort and support, there will be no doubt that the Comfort U is worth every penny.
One of the more common complaints people have about body pillows is that they go flat after a few months. What if you could buy a pillow filled with shredded memory foam? This is the exact same material that our favorite side sleeper pillow is stuffed with. An added benefit is its ability to stay cool during the night. If you’re anything like me, sleeping in a cool environment is one of the best things you can do to help you fall asleep quickly.
Don’t confuse the shredded memory foam found in this pillow to those heavy, hard to position, solid memory foam pillows. The proprietary blend used for this body pillow makes it easy to position exactly the way you want.
Tuck the pillow between your knees, cradle your head and ease the pressure on your neck, or use it to bring your spine back into alignment. If you tend to change positions at night, the pillow will move right along with you. Fluffing the pillow up is simply a matter of tossing it in the dryer for twenty minutes or so.
Unlike the Comfort U, the Sunggle-Pedic is more or less a 5 1/2 foot long pillow, which makes it great for taller individuals. Some who are of a more average height may actually find this pillow is too much of a good thing. Also, as with other synthetic filled pillows, you may notice a slight chemically (harmless) smell for the first couple days. Airing it out or putting it in the dryer a couple times gets rid of the odor fairly quickly.
If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious and eco-friendly, the Holy Lamb organic body pillow is a great choice. At a little over four feet, it’s just enough to hug and feel cozy all night long, or use as a brace for relieving back pain. The wool stuffing comes from select sheep farmers in the Pacific Northwest and the silky smooth outer cotton sateen casing is 100% organic.
Keep in mind that this pillow isn’t as thick as some of the other body pillows on the market. People who require something more substantial to help them sleep will want to check out either of the two options above. Also, because of the wool stuffing, this body pillow does tend to get warmer than some others which may be either a good or bad thing.