The best pillow for someone with scoliosis depends on the sleeping position their physician recommends which depends on the curvature issues they’re dealing with, their age, and brace. Sleeping on the stomach is not recommended for individual who have scoliosis.
Physicians recommend either back or side sleeping for their patients with scoliosis and each position requires different pillows for comfort and support. It is important to note that there is more than one side sleeping position. One position is called the fetal position because the legs are pulled up toward the chest. Another one is almost partially rolled onto the back. This position can be comfortable with the proper support of extra pillows. Without extra support, it strains the muscles. Another side sleeping position is cuddled up with another person or a boyfriend pillow for support.
There are several different back sleeping positions as well including positions with the arms above the head, at the sides, or folded across the chest.
First and foremost, check with your physician to see which position(s) are recommended or not advised. Take time to get into position when you go to bed, which includes placing pillows where your body needs the support.
In some cases, your physician may encourage you to use pillows to help you reposition your spine. For example, someone who is working on moving their ribs toward the other side might need to sleep on their side with small pillows that put pressure on their skeleton that will encourage straightening some of the unwanted curve beneath them. Follow your physician’s recommendations and your need to be comfortable. Sleep is critical for your health. The quality of sleep you are able to enjoy is largely responsible for the quality of the hours you don’t spend in bed.
Proper support while we sleep often requires more than the typical pillow for our head and neck. Our review includes a variety of pillows for cervical, lumbar, and side sleeper support. We reviewed nearly 200 pillows and selected the best in each category.
Support for your head and neck
Pillows that support your head and neck should keep your neck aligned with your spine and provide comfort that helps you sleep.
Wal-Pil-O’s innovative design makes it ideal for both side and back sleepers. Back sleepers need a lower loft (height) in their pillow. The perfect height varies by body size. Between 3 – 5-inches is the optimal range for a pillow when someone is laying on their back. Side sleepers need more height to keep their neck aligned with their spine and tend to find the perfect fit between 4 – 6”. With Wal-Pil-O, the length of the neck also plays a role in determining which pillow provides the best support. Individuals with shorter necks will have more luck with the Junior size even if they are taller than the petite size recommendation. Think of petite as far as neck length as much as overall height.
A favorite among folks with a variety of painful conditions, it promotes alignment of the neck and spine in the side and back sleeping positions.
Made in USA
Ergonomically designed to provide support and reduce pain
4-in-1 ways to use the pillow to find flawless comfort in every position
Prices range between $50 and $100, depending on the design you chose
The Lunvon is made from three pieces of solid foam so its shape is fixed but the height can be adjusted by removing the middle piece of foam. The edge support for your neck helps your spine remain in alignment while providing room for your head to remain level in a side or back sleeping position. Use one edge for back sleeping and the other for side sleeping.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and CertiPUR-US certified ensure the safety of the ingredients used to construct the pillow. Expect pressure relief and support when you rest your neck and head on this memory foam pillow. The edge supports the natural curve of the cervical area of your neck.
The ingenious design of this pillow provides a warm side for sleeping in the wintertime and a cool side for the summer. The middle of the pillow contains individual pocket springs that provide support for your shoulders, neck, and head. One side of the pillow has memory foam between the pocket springs and the soft outer cover. The other side has premium polyester between the springs and the cooling cover.
The cover is made of 25% Tencel, acrylic, and polyester. There are 50 individual pocket springs in the middle of this pillow.
Individual pocket springs are quiet and supportive
Slim design is ideal for back sleepers
Warm and Cool side provides year-round comfort
It may off gas when you receive it
100-night sleep trial
We recommend using a zipper pillow encasement as the pillow is not washable.
With a 100-night sleep trial and a 5-year warranty ensuring continued quality, you won’t go wrong with Royal Therapy. The cover is dust mite resistant and antibacterial and its water repellent characteristic will help it ward off fungi growth in the pillow. Made with hypoallergenic materials that are environmentally friendly, this pillow has a lot going for it.
OKEO-TEX® Standard 100 and CertiPUR-US certifications ensure that safe ingredients were used in constructing your new pillow. Designed to orthopedically contour to your head, neck, and shoulders to provide support so your muscles can relax while you sleep.
The contemporary design of this pillow provides perfect support for side and back sleepers in a way that doesn’t require them to flip the pillow over to achieve the right support when they roll over. When the sleeper rolls from their back to the side, their face automatically nestles on the higher area on either side of the back sleeping support area to continuously provide the perfect support all night long.
The contoured orthopedic support works to keep your spine and neck aligned.
Just over $50
Chiropractor and Orthopedic recommended design
Idea for people who sleep on both their back and their side
Adjustable loft – just unzip and shift the firmness level
With a 48-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, there’s no risk when you try the Bodesy Contour Pillow. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and CertiPUR-US certifications ensure safe ingredients were used to make this pillow.
4.3” height on the side-sleeping edge to cradle your neck and 2.3” on the back-sleeping side provides ergonomic support for back and side sleepers.
This gel-infused memory foam is ideal for hot side sleepers who want to enjoy a cooler sleeping experience. The 4.5” loft suits side sleepers with average builds. CertiPUR-US certification lets you know you can trust the ingredients used to create this medium-firm pillow. The air pockets keep it cooler as well as the gel-infusion in the memory foam.
30-day no questions asked refunds
Ice fabric on one side keeps you cooler on summer nights. The other side is polyester to help you remain warm on winter nights.
ComfiLife Lumbar pillow provides support to your lumbar region when you’re on your back or side and can be used beneath your knees or to elevate your feet, wherever you need help to reduce pain and provide support.
Designed to relieve lower back pain by supporting your body so your muscles can relax
Providing a cushion between your knees while you sleep on your side so that your upper leg doesn’t rest directly on your lower leg relieves pressure on your hips and lower back and reduces pressure on the lower leg from the weight of the upper leg.
Cushy Foam Knee Pillow
Cushy Foam Knee Pillow says it all – a cushy way to ease sciatic nerve pains and raise your upper leg into a more comfortable position.
Contoured with just 3-inches in the middle and six inches at the outer edge, your legs will be comfortable resting on this supportive aid to maintain good ergonomics while you sleep
While most knee pillows are designed to provide support by separating your legs, some side sleepers like to thrust their upper leg forward and rest it on the bed. This position twists the back and can leave you in pain. With this higher knee pillow, your leg is supported higher than the bed which helps your back stay in alignment. It can also be used by side sleepers to hold their whole body in place.
100% memory foam
Improve spinal alignment while sleeping on your side
Body, Boyfriend, and Pregnancy Pillows for Support
Cuddlers may prefer to use pillows they can cuddle for support. These pillows help keep your spine aligned and can make you feel warm and cozy.
Coop Home Goods Adjustable Body Pillow
Coop Body pillow is long enough to provide support that makes staying in a side sleeping position less stressful on your body while also providing support between your knees that keeps your spine and hips in a neutral position that reduces stress on your muscles and joints.
Add or remove fill to make it the perfect side for you
CertiPUR-US and GreenGuard Gold certifications ensure its safety
A U-shaped pillow is often recommended during pregnancy but husbands sometimes buy their own after trying them because they eliminate the need to bring the pillow with you when you roll from one side to the other.
Support for your arms and legs while you sleep on your side
Helps keep your spine aligned
Coper cover is antimicrobial and will help keep your pillow fresh and free of allergens
Sometimes you need just a little support in an area. A baby or toddler pillow will often be just right for those areas. If you have a Thoracic curve, a small pillow under one or both shoulder blades may provide needed relief.
Small size is perfect where you need just a little extra support than the mattress provides
Everyone’s body is different. The support you need to sleep well isn’t identical to what another person needs. Our Scoliosis pillow guide can help you learn about different types of support that help keep the spine aligned but you, together with your doctor, have to make the final decision about what works best for you. When you sleep deeper and wake up with less pain or no pain, you know you’ve found the support you need.
You can use rolled up towels to try supporting different areas before you buy a pillow. Towels aren’t a great long-term option because they become hard and that can cause pressure that creates other problems, but they can help you figure out how high the support you need in a certain area should be.
Whether you’re a teenager or adult and whether or not you’ve had surgery for scoliosis, proper support for your spine can reduce pain and help your days be easier.
You’ll know you’re in a comfortable position and that your body is supported when you feel relaxed. One trick to being able to maintain the comfortable position is to leave the pillows in position when you make your bed – just pull the sheet and covers up over them but don’t move them to the head of the bed. You can also leave a note for hotel staff not to make the bed when you travel.
Best Mattress for Scoliosis
The best mattress depends on whether you are primarily a back or side sleeper. Side sleepers need a mattress with more give so their shoulders and hips don’t develop pain from too much pressure which can occur on a mattress that is too firm. If this is happening to you, you can add a topper instead of buying a new mattress if your mattress is still in good condition but be sure to consider your sleeping position the next time you buy a mattress.
If you sleep on your back, you’ll do well on a firmer mattress. If your mattress is too soft or it has developed sagging, you’ll wake up in more pain. A topper can temporarily increase the firmness as well but a new mattress would be better.
Our experts have already done considerable research to help you if you’re ready for a new mattress.
You’ll find additional information about scoliosis here: Scoliosis Pain
You spend 1/3 of your life in bed. The time you spend in bed has a great impact on the quality of the other 2/3 of your life. Maintaining proper alignment of your spine while you sleep is an important way to make the best of your situation and prevent increased trouble with pain and curvature.
Sleeping in the right position means you have no pain or the least possible pain the next day. It also means you won’t cause the curvature to worsen by sleeping in a position that isn’t healthy. Take the time to find a comfortable position when you get in bed and follow your doctor’s advice about wearing your brace while you sleep.