The Best Pillow For Your Needs
How to choose the best pillow for our needs?
Just as a nice, long sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our health, a nice, comfortable pillow is one of the most important parts of our bedding. Choosing the perfect pillow is not an easy feat, considering how subjective it is – people have wildly varying preferences when it comes to sleeping positions. Plus, there are also a vast array of possible preexisting health conditions that can also reflect on our choice of pillows. So in order to find the ideal sleeping companion for your head and neck, we need to first consider several main questions:
What is your preferred sleeping position? If you are sleeping on your back you need a relatively short pillow because the distance between the back of your head and your shoulders is quite short. If you prefer sleeping on the side you need a higher and more firm pillow that can support your neck in a position that’s parallel to the mattress. If you prefer sleeping on your stomach your pillow needs to be as short and soft as possible. Generally speaking, sleeping this way is almost never advised. And if you like changing positions, a memory foam pillow is probably your best bet.
Should you choose a soft or a firm pillow? Soft pillows change their form quite quickly. If you generally sleep in one main position (and it doesn’t specifically require a soft pillow), you risk deforming your pillow within a matter of several months. At the same time, for a lot of people, soft pillows are extremely comfortable. A prime example for this are the Serta Perfect Sleeper Twin Pack Pillows. Firm pillows, on the other hand, can sometimes be uncomfortable for certain positions and you should always make sure that they would suit you. At the same time, if it matches your preferred sleeping position, a more firm pillow can make your sleep the best part of your day. If you don’t have any neck and back problems, often times a pillow with medium softness is ideal – something like the Serta Perfect Sleeper Extra Support Pillow.
- What types of pillow stuffing are used? There are several different types of pillow stuffing:
- Down is often referred as the best pillow stuffing. It’s quite soft, so it’s often mixed with feathers in a 50/50, 40/60, or 60/40 ratio. These pillows filter air excellently and offer great comfort. If you have feather allergy however, make sure that the pillow is hypoallergenic.
Silicon fiber is another good choice. Pillows filled with silicon fiber are usually cheaper, but still comfortable. Their main downside is the worse air circulation, but if the pillow cover is of high-quality cotton with no polyester, you won’t notice that.
Memory foam is probably the most famous and sought-after type of pillow in recent years. Memory foam was first invented by NASA for the comfort of astronauts but found commercial application in both pillows and mattresses almost immediately after that. It “remembers” the position and shape of your head and neck and offers maximum comfort for people that sleep in the same position every night. A great example for a high-quality memory foam pillow is the Abripedic Dual Contour Gel Memory Foam Pillow.
Anatomic pillows can be filled with different kinds of stuffing, like latex, memory foam and even foam plastic. These pillows have an almost fixed shape and are intended for people that don’t change positions when they sleep. Because they are made from artificial stuffing, these pillows are often ideal for people with allergies, while still providing comfort. They are however very easy to get used to – every other standard pillow might feel uncomfortable once you’ve gotten used to an anatomic pillow.
Do you want to be able to wash your pillow? Latex and memory foam pillows cannot be machine-washed, while most other types can. Being able to wash your pillow is always nice because they can get sweaty and smelly after prolonged use. If you prefer a memory foam pillow, it’s often advisable to use an inner pillow cover below the main pillow cover and to wash them both regularly.
We hope that with those factors and tips we’ve made your choice a bit easier. Choosing a pillow is a much more important decision than most people realize and you’re now equipped with the information needed for the best possible choice. Take a stroll through our rich collection and choose the pillow that’ll best suit your needs
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