Do you prefer sleeping in the stomach or back sleeping positions? Do you suffer from neck pain or stiff neck? If so, you may want to get yourself some flat pillows that help maintain your neck in a neutral position.
Different sleeping positions require different types of pillows. Side sleepers benefit the most from thick pillows that cover the distance between the mattress and your face. Back sleepers may use thin pillows or medium-loft pillows depending on their personal preference. And stomach sleepers should ideally not use pillows at all — but if you can’t sleep without pillows, then you should opt for a slim pillow.
The most important factor to consider when purchasing a pillow is whether it helps you maintain spinal alignment because most issues related to neck pain and stiff neck occur because of incorrect sleeping positions or an incorrect choice of pillow.
Our team of bedding experts and pain doctors have vetted all of the thin pillows on the market to help you decide which is the best one for you. In this article, we give you a detailed overview of the best extra slim pillows for sleeping in 2021.
Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper is the best extra slim pillow for sleeping because it’s one of the thinnest memory foam pillows on the market. This is a memory foam pillow with a loft height of only 2.5 inches, which makes it an extremely flat pillow perfect for stomach sleepers. This pillow also has a dual sleeping surface — the bottom of the pillow is flat so it doesn’t move around while sleeping and the top has a curved surface so you can rest your head on it comfortably. Memory foam is also particularly useful for people with neck pain because it conforms to the shape of your neck and shoulders, thus alleviating pressure and helping ease neck pain. This memory foam pillow also comes with breathable 100% cotton cover that’s removable and machine-washable. Cotton is an extremely breathable material so this pillow also facilitates air circulation to keep you cool at night.
Bluewave Bedding Ultra Slim Pillow — Gel Infusion Pillow
Bluewave Bedding Ultra Slim Pillow is one of the best gel infusion slim pillows on the market. This is a memory foam pillow with gel infusion materials that can regulate the pillow’s temperature and keep you cool all night. This memory foam pillow has a loft height of only 2.5 inches, which makes it just as slim as the aforementioned Elite Rest pillow. The memory foam conforms to the shape of your body and the loft height makes it perfect for stomach sleepers. This pillow comes with CarbonBlue coating with gel infusion of carbon graphite materials that regulate temperature and keep the pillow cool. It also comes with a removable and machine washable cover made of 63% Tencel and 37% Polyester that facilitates air circulation.
Elite Rest Shredded Memory Foam Pillow — Adjustable Slim Pillow
Elite Rest Shredded Memory Foam Pillow is the best adjustable memory foam pillow on the market. This isn’t technically a flat pillow or slim pillow because it comes with a loft height of 6 inches, making it an extremely thick pillow. However, the shredded memory foam can be removed to decrease the loft height to a level you’re comfortable with. As such, this can be an extremely thin or thick pillow, making it perfect for combination sleepers. Memory foam often traps body heat but this pillow is highly breathable and it comes with a 100% bamboo cover that offers perfect air circulation to prevent night sweats.
TruContour Lumbar Pillow — Flat Pillow
TruContour Lumbar Pillow, as the name suggests, is generally used as a lumbar pillow. Back sleepers can place this pillow under their lower back to help maintain a gentle arch in the lower back, thus maintaining optimal spinal alignment. However, this pillow can also be used as a regular sleeping pillow or a stomach sleeping pillow. You can also place it under your abdomen to help facilitate spinal alignment while sleeping on your stomach. This flat pillow has two sizes — Light Support and Super Lumbar. The Light Support version is made of two foam pads while the Super Lumbar version is a thick pillow with three foam pads. It comes with a removable and machine-washable velour cover.
Belly Sleep Pillow — Gel Infusion Memory Foam Pillow
Belly Sleep Pillow is an extremely flat pillow with a loft height of 2.5 inches. This is a memory foam pillow with gel infusion to keep it cool and regulate the temperature, making it perfect for hot sleepers. The 2.5” loft height is perfect pillow for stomach sleepers and the curved surface helps support the curves of the neck as well. This gel infusion memory foam pillow also comes with a moisture-wicking cover that helps keep the pillow dry even if you sweat at night.
Extra slim pillows for sleeping are perfect for stomach sleepers and back sleepers because it doesn’t prop your neck up in an awkward angle, thus maintaining spinal alignment. Flat pillows are ideal for stomach sleepers and they can also help relieve neck pain and stiff neck. Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper is one of the best flat pillows for stomach sleepers because it’s an extremely stable memory foam pillow with a loft height of only 2.5 inches. However, if you’re a combination sleeper or if that’s too flat, you can also get Elite Rest Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, which is one of the best memory foam pillows with an adjustable loft. You can add or remove the filling to increase or decrease the loft height according to your sleeping positions.