We often assume that the key to a good night's sleep is a good mattress, but did you know the pillow you rest your head on is just as crucial?
We've all woken up with a crick in the neck feeling tired and groggy, and that has everything to do with your pillow(s)!
I have just had the job of shopping around for a new pillow as mine was fairly deflated and I realised how much there was too learn. As a designer of bed linen of thought I was pretty up to date but even for me it was a minefield so I hope my tips help.
The correct pillow for you should comfortably provide support for your head and your neck, and it shouldn't deflate or lose its fluffiness quickly.
There are now 11 different materials to fill a pillow, there is Firm, Medium or Soft density. A profile ranges from Specialty, Contour, High, Medium or Low and the sizes can vary from standard to European to Baby. Body or U Shape.
Here to help are a few basic notes to keep an eye out for when you're in the market for a new one or simply looking to switch out your old ones.
Know your pillow fill.
The most common fills for pillows are down feathers, synthetic/polyester fibres, Latex, or Wool. Natural goose down feather pillows are long-lasting and excellent in terms of comfort, so that's what many of us go for even though they can be a bit pricey. A more cost-friendly option would be synthetic/polyester fibre pillows, which are generally hypoallergenic, feels like down and are machine washable.
For firmer support, spongy memory foam and Latex pillows are a great alternative and my personal favourite
A fluffier a pillow provides better cushioning, can be cuddled into place and is longer lasting. A fluffy pillow also means that fresh air is still able to travel through it. Contrastingly, a lifeless one that's deflated and flat signifies that the pillow can no longer trap air, rendering it not ideal for giving comfortable support. To test fluffiness, fold a pillow in half and see if it unfolds on its own or give it a big hug and see if it fluffs back up. If not, you might have to look for a new pillow.
Sleeping position matters. Finally, how you position yourself in bed can really determine the type of pillow you'll need. A medium density and profile pillow will suit most back sleepers so make sure you get a fluffier pillow that lifts your head and chin, which can help with breathing and snoring.
As a rule if you sleep on your stomach, a soft density or low profile pillow will be the most suitable. and a firm and high pillow gives complete support for those that sleep on their side. A contoured pillow can be good for those who require more neck support as it moulds into the contour of your neck.
Like with everything a pillow is a personal choice and we all have our favourites so happy shopping next time you hunt for that perfect pillow to aid a great nights sleep.