With a growing wealth of choice as to pillow fillings, firmnesses and types out there in 2016, making the right choice can prove tricky. Further, getting it wrong can also prove a literal pain in the neck, make for sleepless nights and could even cause nightmares. Hence, here is everything you need to know about choosing the perfect pillow.
Singular vs. Plural Pillows
Note the use of ‘pillow’ used in the singular form in the title? Well, that is because the perfect pillow always mean exactly that; if you find you are having to pile up the pillows or rest your head on pillows in the plural, none of those you are currently using are ‘the perfect pillow’. Hence, this is not just a clue that you need to invest in a new pillow, but proof.
Positions and Plumpness
Pillows are often bought somewhat flippantly and with little thought as to whether the pillows being purchased are the best choice for you. Often price is the driving factor. This approach to pillow shopping, whilst saving a person time and effort in the short term could spell disaster for one’s health and wellbeing in the long term. The fact is, it is important when pillow shopping to take into account the position in which you sleep to know which pillow to plump for, and too just how plump that pillow should be.
For example, stomach sleepers are advised to do away with a pillow altogether or make use of a flat pillow to avoid placing stress upon their neck and lying in a position which compromises the spine’s natural alignment. Meanwhile, side and supine sleepers (those who sleep flat on their back) both stand to benefit most from a medium to firm and far plumper pillow to support their head and fill the gap between their head and their shoulders sufficiently.
Fortunately recognising the importance sleeping position plays when purchasing the right pillows many bedding specialists, such as SleepyPeople.com, these days enable their customers to shop for pillows according to their preferred position, making finding the perfect pillow any easy task.
To learn more about how the position in which you sleep can affect the quality of the sleep you get, give the article: ‘Sleep Positions’ featured on The Better Sleep website a read.
Getting the Good Stuff
The various ‘stuffings’ used to fill pillows these days causes confusion for many people. Further, there is no one pillow filling that beats the rest Rather, what proves th perfect filling for you will be determined by a number of factors.
Firstly, different fillings yield different aims. Then, to ensure you are aiming in the right direction when pillow shopping, at the very least it is advisable to familiarise yourself with the most common and popular options out there, and why they are preferred over the alternatives.
Synthetic pillow fillings prove continuously popular because they are one of the most affordable options and easiest to keep clean whilst further proving one of the most hypoallergenic. Hence, a synthetic fibre filling is a sensible option if you are prone to allergies, suffer from asthma or are purchasing pillows for children to use.
Feather and Down Pillows
Feather pillows remain a popular option as they are long lasting, soft, easily shapable and synonymous with comfort and quality. That said, to avoid the experience of being poked by quills, it is necessary to opt for down pillows, which are the most expensive kind of feather stuffed pillows and one of the most costly pillow stuffing out there. It is further important to note that feather and down feather pillows can also prove irritating for those who suffer asthma and allergies.
Memory Foam Pillows
Finally, the most modern alternative to synthetic and feather filled pillows is the memory foam pillow.
Memory foam pillows are said to provide unrivalled support and are consequently a popular and supremely comfortable pillow option for sleepers who maintain one sleeping position throughout the night as they contour to fit a person’s shape whilst used. Then, they are not very well suited for use by sleepers who are prone to ‘tossing and turning’ in the night.