I’ve always been a stomach sleeper, though lately my chiropractor has informed me that it’s a bad idea. Side sleeping is the best position for the back and spine, according to most sleep experts and chiropractors. The problem is, most pillows were not designed for side sleep optimization. You likely have to play pillow origami with three to four pillows to find a comfortable sleep position: tossing and turning, stacking pillows, and searching for that side sleeper sweet spot.
As a side sleeper (62% of the population), you can try to fill the gap from your ear down to the end of your shoulder. This gap cannot be adequately filled by a regular pillow. So you fold and stack pillows, stick your arm under the pillow, and then to top it off you use your hand on top of your pillow to gain that extra inch of elevation to get your head back up. Even after these pillow gymnastics, you still wake up with a knot in your shoulder.
Enter My Butterfly Pillow, which was designed specifically for side sleepers.
My Butterfly Pillow features a 1.25 inch riser, which is attached (and removable) on the bottom of the pillow. The Riser is also cut in the shape of the letter “A” on the bottom of the pillow. This cut gives you a place to naturally fold your arm under the pillow without cutting off your circulation. Now when you lie down on My Butterfly Pillow, you start with your head 1.25 inches higher. This allows you to automatically be in a parallel position the moment you place your head on your pillow, thus creating the correct alignment. This position will take an incredible amount of stress of your neck and spine.
Since each bed is different, and each person is different in size, the Riser was designed to be removed, which drops the pillow height 1.25 inches.
Side sleepers also exert pressure on your ears. Anyone who has ever woken up in the middle of the night with a painful ear can appreciate this. Right in the middle of the My Butterfly Pillow is the ear pillow zone, a softer foam that has been cut into cubes so that they can move independently of each other. This independent movement ensures that there is no single point of pressure on your ear at any time. The Ear Pillow provides an 80% support factor.
My Butterfly Pillow also features an integrated Night Owl Bluetooth speaker, designed with a structured number of decibels that provide you with enough sound, but not enough sound to disturb your sleeping partner. The speakers are Bluetooth enabled so there is no need to connect a device directly to the pillow. This also means that any type of smart device can be paired, giving you the options to listen to radio, audio books, prescribed audiologist apps and even television.
Listen to soothing sounds, audiobooks, or white noise through the Bluetooth adapted Night Owl Speakers built right into the pillow.
Overall, My Butterfly Pillow is a great investment at $129. It includes a super soft London Grey Pillow Cover that is pre-washed in Free & Clear detergent for sensitive skin.