October 07, 2019

How Many Pillows Should You Sleep With?

How many pillows should you sleep with? There is no wrong answer! There are some people who sleep with over 6 pillows on their bed (some just for decoration) - where other sleepers only want 1-2 pillows on their bed. It really comes down to your specific preference.

One of the most important items that a comfortable bed needs is a pillow! Pillows are what help you to feel like you're sleeping on a cozy cloud in the sky. They're what help you to dream! They are soft, fluffy, super comfortable, and are necessary in order to have a good night's sleep. Just like mattresses, everyone has a different preference when it comes to pillows. Some people prefer soft and fluffy pillows, while other people enjoy a more firm pillow that their head doesn't sink deep into. The truth is, our pillows play a big role in the type of sleep we get each night. So, depending on the type of sleeper you are, just how many pillows should you sleep with? Here's some advice.

Determine Your Sleeping Needs

The purpose of a pillow is to support your body while you're asleep and align the bones of your neck and spine. Anatomically speaking, the elevation needs to be just right in order to provide the best results. In this case, less is more and ultimately you should only be using one pillow when you sleep! If you are feeling the need to add more, then chances are the pillow you are using isn’t the right one for your body type. There are so many different levels and types of pillows - you just have to try them out to find the one that best suits you.

What Is Your Sleeping Position?

It’s all about the position. Position says a lot about the type of pillow you need and it’s imperative to keep the head, neck, and spine in a neutral alignment. A bad sleep posture can be the culprit if you experience back or neck pain. If you're waking up and immediately rubbing your neck because it feels super tight and painful, then you definitely need a new pillow! Having the right pillow can be an easy fix to this problem. Choosing a pillow that’s too high or low will bend your neck, leading to soreness, stiffness, and inflammation. When you rest your head down on a pillow, notice how your neck is aligned and supported. Here is a graph with a few examples of how your neck aligns on certain pillows:

Picking the Right Pillow for Your Sleep Position

Now that you've learned a bit more about the effect a pillow has on your neck alignment, it's important to select a pillow that properly keeps your neck and spine supported in a comfortable position. There are many types of pillows on the market, so how do you know how to choose the right one? At Warm Things, we’ve simplified the process by classifying our pillows into levels, depending on the way you sleep. You can check out our extensive collection here!



Designed for

Why it works



Stomach sleepers

Softer pillow that provides support without being too thick



Back sleepers

Supports and conforms to the head and neck



Side sleepers

Denser, thicker option that helps to keep the neck and head cradled and aligned



Extra support

Super supportive for head, neck, and spine alignment


Here are some of our favorite Warm Things pillows ranging from Level 1 to Level 4!

1. Soft Goose Down Pillow (Level 1)

This pillow is super soft! It's designed for stomach sleepers and provides tons of support. It's not too thick of a pillow. It has a 300 thread count and is filled with some of the most comfortable goose down. As you can tell from the above photo, our Soft Goose Down Pillow is available in several sizes including standard, queen, and king. We'd highly recommend this pillow for those of you who enjoy a super soft pillow!

For more information on our Level 1 Soft Goose Down Pillow, click here.

2. Premium 700 Soft Down Pillow (Level 2)

We're big fans of our Premium Soft Down Pillow! It's a Level 2 which means it's a soft-medium firmness. It's best for back sleepers and helps to offer the right amount of density for stomach sleepers who need a pillow for healthy neck and spine alignment. It is available in 3 different sizes: standard, queen, and king. This pillow has a crisp 300 thread count and like all of our pillows, this is made in the USA from fine, imported materials.

For more information on our Premium Soft Down Pillow, click here.

3. Supremium Medium Hungarian Goose Down Pillow (Level 3)

This has to be one of our favorite Level 3 pillows! Our Supremium Medium Hungarian Goose Down Pillow has a 390 thread count. It offers medium-firm support and is best for side sleepers. The pillow is filled with Hungarian goose down - so, it's super comfortable and helps anyone to get a good night's sleep. The combination of the high fill power and the high thread count helps to create long lasting support and an incredible amount of softness. This pillow comes in 6 different sizes - ranging from a neckroll pillow to a king-sized pillow.

For more information on our Supremium Medium Hungarian Goose Down Pillow, click here.

4. Supremium Extra-Fill Hungarian Goose Down Pillow (Level 4)

Lastly, we have one of our wonderful Level 4 pillows. This one provides firm support, so if you're not a fan of the super soft pillows, then this may be best for you. It's also the level of pillow that we'd recommend for sleepers who need extra support. As the name suggests, this pillow is filled with Hungarian goose down and has a thread count of 390. This pillow comes in either a standard, queen, or king size.

For more information on our Supremium Extra-Fill Hungarian Goose Down Pillow, click here.

Supportive Measures

If you are looking for additional ways to support your neck and spine, sleeping with two pillows is an option. Depending on your sleep position, here are other steps you can take:

  • Side sleepers: It is recommended that you sleep with one pillow under your head and another in between your knees. This will ultimately relieve any stress on your lower back and hips
  • Back sleepers: We suggest placing a pillow under your knees to aid in keeping your body aligned appropriately
  • Stomach sleepers: This sleep position will have the hardest time finding neutral spine and neck alignment and may benefit from a full body pillow that can assist in creating room for breathing and airflow

Conclusion of How Many Pillows Should You Sleep With

Hopefully, we were able to give you some insight on how many pillows you should sleep with, and the type that you should purchase. As we mentioned, it all comes down to the sleeper and what their preference is. You could sleep with 100 pillows if you wanted! It's all down to what you personally want.

Here at our Warm Things, we have tons of pillows for all different types of sleepers. We'd love to know what type of sleeper you are, so make sure to comment down below... We recently did a blog on what your sleeping position says about you - click here to check it out!

We discussed a lot about the different levels of pillows in this blog, so lastly, click here to view our guide to the pillow sizes! (There's more to pillows than you thought, huh!?)

Thank you so much for reading our blog and make sure to check out our Warm Things store to find your dream pillows. We hope you have a great sleep!

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