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A little pillow talkSeptember 14, 2021 - By Lucy Johnston
We all know the importance of selecting a quality mattress when it comes to ensuring a good night’s sleep, but have you considered the pillow that accompanies that mattress?
Your pillow plays an equally important role in supporting your posture and comfort, and not all are created equal.
So, let’s indulge in a little pillow talk and look at how to select the right pillow for you…
Some pillow pointers
Your pillow’s primary role is to support your head and align your spine while sleeping.
And to put it plainly, a good pillow that suits you as an individual is critical to ensuring a good night’s rest.
That means different types of sleepers might opt for different types of pillows, while some will prefer firm support and others a pillow that’s a little more soft.
So what exactly should you consider?
How you like to sleep
How you tend to sleep has a bearing on the type of pillow you will need. So, consider whether you predominantly sleep on your stomach, your side, or your back.
Side sleepers will need a pillow that supports their head in a neutral position, aligning it with their spine. That means a fuller, firmer pillow might be the best option as it will help ease pressure on your shoulder.
Back sleepers will likely need a pillow with a lower profile. Here the aim of the game is to support your head and neck, but not so much that you are propped up at a strange angle.
Meanwhile, if you have a tendency to sleep on your stomach, you will need a pillow that’s softer and less full.
Like mattresses, pillows are available with different types of fillings, including memory foam, down, synthetic down, polyester fill, latex, cotton and wool.
Down - Made from duck or goose down, these pillows tend to be soft. Some people have concerns about allergens in down pillows but often that depends on the quality of the down used.
Synthetic down and polyester fill – As the name suggests, these are made from man-made fibres and are often the most economical. That said, pillows made of synthetic down and polyester fill will need to be changed more regularly.
Latex – Latex pillows tend to be quite firm and have the ability to hold their shape. They also tend to be resistant to mould and dust mites.
Memory foam – Memory foam pillows have become hugely popular in recent years. These pillows conform to your body and distribute the weigh of your head and shoulders evenly. This makes them a popular option for people who suffer back and neck pain.
Cotton – With a tendency to be flat and firm, cotton pillows are hypo-allergenic and resistant to dust mites and mould. They’re also a great choice for people who suffer allergies.
Wool – Like cotton pillows, wool pillows are renowned for their hypo-allergenic properties and their mould and dust mite resistance. They also help regulate your body temperature, are fairly firm and offer longevity.
A pillow for every sleeper
Featuring cooling technology and a blend of comfort fillings, it can be tailored to suit your sleeping needs and comes with a 120-night sleep guarantee.