How to Pick Your Perfect Pillow
When was the last time you thought about the pillows you sleep on each night? If your answer is “it’s been a while,” or “not at all,” you’re not alone. It seems that many of us aren’t aware how important the right cushion is, and picking your perfect pillow can have a huge impact on how well you sleep, as well as other health and muscle problems.
Why Your Pillow Matters
A good sleeping posture is essential for sleeping soundly, and waking up without any stiffness in your neck and back. As the main support system for your head, sleeping on an old or flat pillow can play havoc with your spine alignment, causing discomfort as well as sleeplessness.
When to Replace Your Pillows
As a rule of thumb, pillows should be replaced every year. Natural pillows tend to last longer than synthetics, though, and the more you pay, the longer they will last you! It may seem like a short time, but when you consider that you spend about 7-8 hours on your pillow every night, that’s more than 2,500 hours a year!
Which Pillow Works for You?
Pillow preference is a very personal matter, and each of us will opt for something slightly different. There is no one-size-fits-all, but you can help distinguish your perfect pillow from these 3 elements:
Pillows can be filled with a vast array of materials, from duck feathers to synthetic fibres, and each have their advantages and downfalls.
Down-filled pillows are light and soft, and are usually made from goose or duck fibres. They are more expensive than synthetic fillers, but claim to provide comfort and stability like no other. Many people opt away from down due to allergies to the animal fibres, but “hypodown” is a hypoallergenic version which alleviates this concern.
Wool pillows are naturally hypoallergenic, and resistant to most dust mites, too! Wool pillows can be great at regulating your temperature during the night, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Wool pillows are firmer than down, and last longer, too.
Cotton-filled pillows are similar to wool, but are flatter and firmer for those who like a lower neck height at night.
Memory foam pillows have become more and more popular recently, thanks to its highly-supportive yet comfortable nature. Responding to your weight and movement, memory foam conforms to the shape of your head and neck for optimum comfort.
For most of us, a standard pillow is plenty big enough, but if you prefer a larger surface area to rest your head, then that’s fine! More important than size, is thickness. The depth of your pillow should enable your head, neck and shoulders aligned with your spine, while still providing a high-level of comfort.
3. Pillow Case Choice
Make sure you opt for a breathable, natural fabric when it comes to your pillow case. To extend the life of your pillow, you can also use a pillow protector under the pillow case, protecting it against sweat and stains.
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