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The Only 3 Worth-Your Money Body Pillows for Back Pain (2017)

body pillows for back pain

Last updated: July 2017. Do you think it’s possible to fall in love with a pillow?

I think it is.

The full body pillow for back pain is probably the best way to fall asleep and stay asleep if you can’t seem to get through the night without back pain.

We all know that side sleeping is good for us, but it can aggravate back pain from sciatica, disc herniation, ruptured and bulging discs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis and muscle spasms.

Body pillows are designed to completely prevent all of the above.

In this post you’ll find everything you need to know about body pillows where to find the best ones in 2017.

What is a Body Pillow?

Body pillows are oversized pillows designed to give you extraordinary comfort and a better night’s sleep, through keeping your spine aligned and rested all night.

Body pillows mold themselves to your body and keep your back straight throughout the night, while preventing you from sleeping on your stomach, which the worst sleeping position for back pain.

3 Incredible Benefits of Body Pillows for Back Pain

It’s just a long pillow, but it can bring you victory over your back pain at night:

1. Full body support while you sleep – the length of the pillow gives you full body support and encourages you to sleep in the best position (side sleeping).

Placing it between your knees will align your spine and adjust the position of your arms and legs. This will relieve pain from sciatica and bulging/herniated discs.

2. Muscle Relaxation – when your spine is aligned and your arms and legs’ weight are divided equally, you can breathe better, your blood circulation improves and your muscles can fully relax all through the night.

3. The only solution for pregnancy back pain at night – if you’re pregnant, you can’t take medication (or do anything else for that matter) for your annoying lower back pain.

The body pillow can alleviate your back pain at night and help you sleep in a comfortable position, supporting your back and belly simultaneously.

The Top 3 Body Pillows for Back Pain (2017)

When you choose your full body pillow, consider its shape, its size and its materials.

Some body pillows are shaped like an oversized U, others are look like a giant candy cane (that’s how I see it anyway…) and some are rectangle shaped.

Some are softer and some are firmer, some are made from polyester and others are made from organic wool and cotton.

The 3 finest body pillows to relieve your back pain are:

1. Comfort U Body Support Pillow

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Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow – see Amazon rating & today’s price

This body pillow is shaped like an oversized U that goes down to both sides of your body.

This shape is excellent because you won’t have to move a huge pillow from side to side every time you roll over.

You can lie on your side and curl around it, you can switch positions and the pillow will always be there, aligning your spine.

But:

It is a LARGE pillow. In a king side bed – no problem. In a queen bed (with a spouse in it) it may get a little crowded, but your partner can curl up against the outer side and enjoy it as well.

For pregnant women this sure helps sleeping comfortably on the side and enjoying a pain-free night. It can also be used after the baby’s is born to support breast-feeding.

Materials: Comfort U is filled with a premium fiber called Fusion Foss fill – a revolutionary synthetic known to scientists as an “extended polymer” which allows air to flow freely.

The cover is made from cotton.

Weight: 10 pounds.

Size: 20.9 x 16.9 x 12.7 inches

Machine washable: Yes.

2. Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

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Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow – see 5 color choices & today’s price HERE

This candy-cane-shaped body pillow is one of the best-selling body pillows for back pain. We recommend it for chronic back and neck pain, respiratory difficulties and digestive problems (prevents reflux at night, for example).

  • This body pillow was designed by a nurse to meet the needs of expectant and new mothers, but works great for anyone suffering from back pain.
  • The head section in this one is extra wide and long for versatile sleeping styles or for those who love to “hug their pillow“.
  • Like the Comfort U body pillow, this one also saves you from moving around 4 different pillows to support your spine and relieve pressure. It is quite lighter on the weight than the Comfort U, but size is larger.
  • Its stuffing is pleasant yet firm and supportive.

Again, it’s a big pillow but most buyers say that it still fits in an average size bed without their partner complaining.

Size: 36 x 22 x 13 inches

Weight: 6.4 pounds

Materials: Polyester 65%/Cotton 35%

Machine washable: Only the cover.

Comfort U Best Price

The Leachco pillow is the most budget-friendly body pillows and when we check this page we sometimes find great deals. If you find it for less than $60 – it’s a good price.

3. Holy Lamb Organics Wool and Cotton Body Pillow

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Holy Lamb Organic Body Pillow – Full Body – see today’s rating & price

If avoiding toxins in your bed is important to you, a natural and organic body pillow is the only way to go.

Most body pillows are made from polyester, but the Holy Lamb body pillow is filled with pure eco-grown wool and covered with organic cotton Sateen cover.

Personally, I’d opt for natural materials. We spend about a third of our life in bed and conventional bedding and pillows are full of toxins.

This body pillow is rectangle-shaped, so it can’t prevent you from tossing and turning, but it will relieve your back pain in a toxin-free environment.

Weight: 3.8 pounds

Machine Washable: Yes.

A cheaper alternative for a natural body pillow is this one.

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Answer 5 questions, and we’ll tell you the best body pillow for your specific needs:

☑️ The BEST Full Body Pillow for Back Pain WINNER

Through our extensive research, we’ve decided that the BEST body pillow for back pain is the less-expensive Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow.

Designed and developed by a registered nurse and mom, the Leachco body pillow is one of the highest rated body pillows on Amazon, and has a relatively budget-friendly price.

Note: If you are looking for 100% cotton cover – this Snoogle model comes with 100% natural and organic cotton cover.

We hope this guide has helped you make a wiser decision about the best body pillow for back pain.

Body pillows may seem pricey, but once you’ll experience the back pain relief they can provide you, you’ll realize that they are worth every cent.

I’m in love with my body pillow and I’m not ashamed to say it…

Have you ever tried a body pillow to relieve back pain and improve your sleep? How did it work for you?

To your health and happiness,

The Back Pain Relief Products Team

 

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 23 comments
Deborah Davis - 3 years ago

My father has severe back pain from spinal stenosis. I am seriously considering these pillows for him after reading this post. Thank you so much for sharing these valuable resources on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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    meital - 3 years ago

    Hi Deborah:)

    Yes, these pillows can be great for your father, especially if he has trouble sleeping due to back pain.
    He would also really benefit from regular back stretching and inversion therapy.
    Inversion therapy can do amazing things for Spinal Stenosis.
    Thank you for reading and commenting, much appreciated!:)

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laura - 3 years ago

I have a daybed and suffer from lower back pain due to extended curve in my spine. What would you recommend?

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    meital - 3 years ago

    Laura,

    In your case you need to work on your posture. I would do daily back muscle strengthening exercises and I think a body support pillow can greatly relieve lower back pain at night becuase it keeps your spine aligned while you sleep.

    If your work requires a lot of sitting, keeping a good posture is critical and I would suggest replacing a regular chair with a balance ball chair.
    Hope this helps!:)

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Julie Robbins - a couple of years ago

Would you be willing to write a review of the Lotus Leaf Pregnancy Sleep System? It is new on the market, very eco-friendly, and truly ergonomically designed by a prenatal massage therapist. Please contact me if you are interested. You can find us on our website or on Amazon.

Thanks!
Julie

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Becky - a couple of years ago

I’ve had 4 lower back surgeries. Wondering if this pillow would work I’ve read reviews and says it’s not as fluffy and firm it’s lumpy. I don’t see that helping. Scheduled nxt month for spinal cord stimulator which i would rather not do. Can anyone help me out do they actually work?? Thank you

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    meital - a couple of years ago

    Becky,

    I think that you have serious back problems these pillows can only provide you with a little more comfort when you sleep, but they’re not enough as a “treatment plan”.

    You haven’t shared the reason for your back surgeries so I can’t really suggest something, but I would advise you to look into lower back traction that can be very effective for disc related problems. Here’s a post about it:

    https://back-pain-relief-products.net/back-traction-at-home/

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    Orvie McClain - last year

    I would recommend the Spinal cord stimulator placement. I had the Nevro placed in August 2016 and it’s relieved at least 50% of my pain

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The Best Sleeping Position Isn’t On Your Stomach | StyleCaster - a couple of years ago

[…] solution? Dr. Lefkovitz recommends investing in a body pillow. Not only are they comfortable to cuddle with, they prevent you from rolling over onto your stomach […]

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Shirley - a couple of years ago

These sound great, but what about pillow protectors and pillowslips to fit? Is it possible to buy these accessories?

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    meital - a couple of years ago

    Shirley,

    All of these body pillows come with a removable and washable cover.

    As for the Leachco All Nighter , you can get an extra cover for it here – http://amzn.to/1GOnr7Z

    And here’s where you can get an extra cover for the Comfort-U body pillow – http://amzn.to/1ScPBuC

    I hope this helps and have a great day!

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laurel - a couple of years ago

2. Leachco All Nighter Total Body Pillow. Is this organic filling?

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    meital - a couple of years ago

    Laurel,

    No, it isn’t.

    The only organic body pillow I know of (100% organic cotton cover and natural wool filling) is the Holy Lamb body pillow. You can see it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1YhLaSy

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Andrew - last year

Bought one and having a huge problem getting the case back on. Any suggestions?

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    meital - last year

    Andrew,

    Other than taking a flight and doing it myself, I can’t think of anything. Maybe find a strong-willed friend? neighbor? :)

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Latricia - last year

Hello, I am having surgery and I have to sleep/lay on my stomach for at least 3 wks. What is a great pillow I can use? Thanks

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    meital - last year

    Latricia,

    The best pillow for sleeping on your stomach would be no pillow at all, or a very thin and soft pillow.

    I hope this helps and good luck with your surgery.

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Jeanne - last year

I’m wondering if there is a similar pillow made with memory foam out there anywhere? I just sleep better on a foam pillow, but haven’t found a U shaped support in foam… Can’t keep taking pain meds just to sleep, need a less toxic way to get some zzzzzz

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    meital - last year

    Jeanne,

    I believe there isn’t a memory foam body pillow in the market. Doesn’t it seem a but uncomfortable to wrap your body around a memory foam pillow though?

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Andrea - last year

I had spinal fusion at 13 years old and now I’m 32. I suffer from severe left leg pain and back pain. Me and my husband purchased a new mattress hoping that would help but it hasnt. I have to sleep on the couch with 2 pillows propped up and even then I can only sleep about 5 hours before I’m waking up in pain. Would one of these pillows help my situation? It seems I can only sleep on my left side. If I turn in the middle of the night on my right side or back I wake up within 40 minutes with pain that brings tears to my eyes. I immediately take 4 motrin and have to sit in pain until it kicks in.

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    meital - last year

    Andrea,

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It’s awful.
    Yes, I think that this pillow can at least help you sleep only on your left side, which helps with your pain.
    I would also, though, look for more natural ways to heal your back pain (sounds like Sciatica).
    Here’s another post with a few more good suggestions for you: http://www.pain-in-lower-back.com/low-back-sciatica-home-treatment/

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marsha - a few months ago

I can hardly sleep at night unless my neck, shoulders, hips, arms, knees and feet are aligned. The U shaped pillow has done the trick. I cannot believe it.

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    meital - a few months ago

    Thanks for sharing your results with us, this will help other people too! I’m thrilled you’ve found something that works for you:)

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