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- Nest Bedding’s Easy Breather Side Sleeper Pillow ($119) has a semi-concave design that perfectly accommodates sleepers who lie on their sides or stomach-down.
- The company also offers pillows tailored to comfortably support back sleepers, for people who run warm at night, and for kids, too.
- Nest Bedding pillows are manufactured in the United States using domestically sourced materials.
I’ve never slept all that well. It takes me forever to nod off, and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I often see the clock roll past 2, 3, and sometimes even 4 a.m. before I fall asleep again. That leaves me with a bit less than two hours more to sleep before my son comes in and taps me on the head to start Daddy and Ben time. And with an infant daughter waking my wife and me up every few hours these days, sleep has become even more of a challenge as it’s an ever more precious commodity.
Being chronically sleep deprived, I have also been on a slow, but steady hunt for a better pillow.
A few months ago, we upgraded to a Casper Wave mattress, and literally overnight I started sleeping rather more soundly. It was suddenly clear to me how much quality bedding can improve the quality of sleep, so my search for a better pillow gained intensity. I had tried three or four pillows since our cross-country move from Los Angeles to New York in mid-2016, a move that saw us toss most of our older pillows. Then, over the summer of 2018, I tried three more pillows in just three months. One I relegated to guest closet status after just two nights because of neck cramps. Another I stuck with for a few weeks, but ultimately enjoyed no real sleep quality improvement.
Then I tried the Easy Breather Side Sleeper Pillow from Nest Bedding, and the search was over.
The first thing you’ll notice about the pillow is its unique shape.
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It’s a rectangle with an obtuse isosceles triangle cut out of the bottom – it looks like the lower half of a bow tie, in other words. Into that recessed space, one can tuck a shoulder while sleeping on either side of his or her body, enjoying comfortable neck support and proper spinal alignment. And the face part of your head will appreciate the soft feel of the Tencel fabric exterior (Tencel is a wood-based cellulose fiber similar to rayon, FYI) as well as the soft, but supportive memory foam filling.
The fabric and fill are, as the pillow’s name suggests, highly breathable, which help with thermoregulation during sleep. That’s a fancy way of saying that you won’t get too hot using this pillow, which is great news for me, because I’m basically a furnace.
Here’s the thing: I rarely sleep on my side. Or at least I don’t fall asleep on either side. Most nights, I’m facedown with one arm under the pillow directly under my head. The cutout shape of the Side Sleeper is perfect for my unique body orientation as I fall asleep, and as I often wake up having turned over to one side or the other, the concavity helps me stay asleep during these shifts. Or at least I assume it does – I’m not awake to check, and that’s a beautiful thing.