What is the Pillow Cube?

The first Classic Pillow Cube is pretty much exactly what it says: it’s a solid-foam 12-by-12-inch square pillow available in two sizes, five inches or six inches. It’s specifically designed for side sleepers and is designed to ensure that your head is at an even level and to fit into the rectangular space between your shoulder and head.

To determine the space’s height (video), the company suggests that you lay down and put your head on top of a stack of books. Then increase or decrease the volume until your head is comfortable and level. Take a measurement of the stack and select your cushion.

Its Pillow Cube Pro which is the one we tried, is a larger (24 by 12 inches) the more rectangular model of the pillow and is available in three sizes four, five as well as 6 inches.

There’s plenty of products that promise to help people to sleep better. However, what’s always difficult to locate are the devices that make noise, weighted blankets and mattresses or pillows which actually work. When we’re speaking to experts on sleeping products or testing our own and our regular Strategist readers are aware of the extent to which we pay attention to sleep this is why our ears are always puffed up whenever we hear about any product that claims to help improve our sleep — like the cube-shaped foam pillows that many users have seen pop onto social media.

Based on Vanessa Osorio, a sleep-science coach at Sleepopolis, “Cube-shaped pillows started to gain popularity over the last year.” Osorio attributes this growth to the launch in 2019 of the Pillow Cube, a cubed-shaped pillow that Keith Cushner of sleep-product-review website Tuck acknowledges as “a more recent phenomenon in the bedding space.”

Although Pillow Cube may have been the first company to launch cubed pillows for sale however, Osorio believes it won’t be their last. “I would expect many other brands to start experimenting with the shape in the coming months and years.” However, we’ve seen the products go viral even as consumers continue to question their efficacy.

(Have you taken a look at our in-depth dive on humidifiers?) Cubed pillows, for us, seemed to cross the lines between gimmicks and actually good but not just since we know someone who purchased one, and was not impressed with it. We decided to inquire with two chiropractors whether they offer any real benefits and who they are for.

“Compared to back and stomach sleepers, side sleepers require additional support because they have a larger gap between their head and the mattress” when they lie on their sides, according to chiropractic doctor Dr. Randi Jaffe.

 She explains that the form of a cubed pillow fills in this space and helps keep the side sleeping people from collapsing, or squeezing their shoulders that can lead to unbalanced joints and tight muscles. The shape, she says “is designed to fit perfectly in the gap between your shoulder and your ear, supporting your neck, which reduces strain and allows the spine to remain in a neutral and aligned posture during sleep.”

Chiropractor Dr. David Perna of Back and Body Medical believes that the “cubed pillow makes sense” for sleepers who prefer side sleeping, because it’s design “will allow less stress on the neck and bottom shoulder.” However, Jaffe warns that pillows with a cubed shape are ideal for side sleepers, not for those who combine sleepers who lie on their backs or stomachs as its shape could cause sleeping positions uncomfortable.

For those who sleep on their sides and would like to test an elongated pillow The chiropractors outline the distinctions between the two Pillow Cube alternatives below. For those who are prone to moving around, Cushner suggests a couple more traditional-looking pillows which will be comfortable enough for those who want to sleep lying on their backs, thanks to their height (or in the case of lying on a flat mattress).

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