Memory foam neck pillows come in many varying densities, sizes and shapes. The whole process can seem daunting unless you have some sort of guideline to follow.
That's the whole purpose of this guide.
A couple of the sites I've checked out say something like "women should choose a small to medium and men should get a medium to large." Can you select the right neck pillow simply by your sex? I don't think so!
Generally speaking, if you seek out a chart for memory foam pillows, they give you suggestions based on your height only.
While that is a good start, you need to also consider the following:
Do you sleep on your side, back, stomach or a combination of all three?
Do you prefer a small, medium or large pillow now?
What kind of pillow are you used to sleeping on?
Is it firm, medium or soft?
Do you suffer from neck pain?
Knowing the answer to these questions will help you in selecting the right memory foam pillow, or may suggest that you would prefer a different pillow altogether.
I've tried to list all the pillows into categories to make it easier for you to learn about each shape and density. This should help with your selection of the "just right" one.
Memory foam neck Pillows are the "S" shaped pillows like you see on TV, in magazines, newspapers, billboards and on the internet a lot these days.
The following chart should be helpful. Remember to consider the way you sleep and then modify the charts answer to account for differences.
For example, if you sleep on your stomach, a neck pillow might not work at all. You might want to check out a memory foam pillow that's shaped like the standard pillows we all grew up using.
If you're set on a memory foam neck pillow, the best bet would be to choose a size that's at least one step smaller than the chart recommends for your height and build.
Some of the memory foam neck pillows I recommend are the TempurPedic® which are the best known on the market. The only thing about them is that many people think they're too hard.
I think they might have tried to make them from too dense a foam. Again, mattresses are better to be made from dense 5.3 lb. to 5.9 lb. memory foam. Pillows seem to be better if made from the lighter densities of 3.5 lb. to 4.5 lb., so if you like a firmer pillow, this might be a perfect choice for you.
The pillows I prefer are made of less dense foam and a softer feel. They are the ones made by Comfor-Pedic™ and are user-friendly to a broader range of people. If you like the softer feel in your pillow, you're bound to find one of their shapes and sizes will be just right for you.