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Down Pillows for Male Back Sleepers

Choosing the right pillow for you depends on 2 factors:

  1. Your Sleep Surface (Mattress Firmness)
  2. Your Sleep Style (Side, Back, Stomach)

1. Sleep Surface Mattress Firmness

No matter if you sleep on the floor, a foam mattress, or a mattress with a pillow top, it is important to understand that your sleeping surface impacts your neck and, in turn, your quality of sleep.

NOTICE: When your mattress is softer, you will compress the sleep surface. This reduces the area your pillow needs to fill.

2. Sleep Style (Back Sleepers)

Firm Mattress
Male Back sleepers on a ‘firm’ surface mattress only lightly compress their sleep surface. This means a firmer pillow is required to properly support the head. A firm pillow should accompany a firmer sleep surface. Firm Down Pillows

Medium Mattress
On a ‘medium’ surface mattress, back sleepers compress the sleeping surface. This means a medium pillow is necessary for proper head support. Medium Down Pillows

Soft Mattress
Male Back sleepers on a ‘soft’ surface mattress heavily compress the sleeping surface. As a result, they need a soft pillow for proper head support. Soft Down Pillows

Pillow Density Formula

Sleep Surface + Sleep Style = Recommended Pillow Density


A man of average height (~ 5’9) who tends to sleep on his back on a pillow top mattress would typically need a medium to firm density pillow.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Selecting a pillow is a very personal decision. Our recommended pillow formula is merely a guideline to help you choose the perfect pillow for you.

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