A bad or old pillow is not only uncomfortable but also, it can cause head and neck pain, shoulders and arms irritation and even allergies. When the time comes, you have to replace your pillow with a new one. Keep in mind that the purpose of the pillow is to fill the space between the head and shoulder when you are lying. The perfect pillow ensures that your head and spine are in one line as you go to sleep in your favorite sleeping position. Abdominal and back sleepers need pillows that are much thinner than which needed for side sleepers.
The questions you should ask are when buying a new pillow:
- What firmness suits me?
- Which sleeping position do I have?
- The smell of the pillow?
- What material suits me?
- How can I test the pillow?
- What if I buy a new mattress?
Below, we answer these questions.
1. Which pillow firmness?
Soft: Soft cushion is thinner than the rest two because of less filling. It is not bulky and, therefore, suitable if you sleep on your stomach or your back.
Medium: The average size. A pretty standard pillow firmness that is suitable for many people. It is the best for people of average stature to sleep on their side.
Solid: Solid cushion is denser and higher. It is suitable for side sleepers.
The choice of material of pillow (down, wool, kapok, rubber, synthetic, bamboo or anything else) is based on your personal preference.
2. Which sleeping position do I have?
The purpose of a pillow is that your head is supported during sleep so that your neck does not have to be at weird angles. Therefore, it is important to know what position you sleep most often: on your side, back or stomach or alternating between them.
The moving sleeper: You have no specific preference for a special sleeping position and change positions often overnight. This applies to most of us. In this case, you may benefit from a thick medium cushion, so your head is well supported in all sleeping positions. At stores, there are all medium pillows suitable for this purpose unless you have a very slim build. If that is the case, then choose a soft pillow.
The slide sleepers: The point is that your head aligned with your spine, therefore, for slide sleepers, it is wise to opt for a thicker cushion that fits the neck to support and fulfill the space between your ear and shoulder. Usually, a medium to firm cushion is suitable. For some side sleepers, they prefer (extra) firm cushion. People with average stature had better choose a medium pillow.
The back sleepers: the back sleepers sleep best with a thinner cushion. Too high pillow is, in fact, not comfortable for your neck. We recommend you to choose a soft or a moldable cushion in the medium size if you sleep on your back.
The stomach sleeper: If you sleep on your stomach, then you can sleep without a pillow or choose a thin, soft pillow with a small volume of filling. I recommend soft pillows or even the kids cushion in wool.
3. The smell of the pillow?
Important as anything else, the smell of the pillow does have effects on your sleep. Each material has its own smell. When you try them out, you can smell it naturally. In practice, the smell of the pillow disappears quickly, but if you can stand that smell, do not buy it
4. What material of pillow suits me?
There are cushions made of wool, down, kapok, natural latex, or natural latex. Here, we will tell you characteristics of each.
Down: A down pillow is both soft and firm. The pillow is very light (easy to move in your sleep). It has good formability, good moisture absorption, and ventilation. Down pillows can be quickly refilled after being pressed so that you can maintain their quality. The ticking of the down pillows is house dust mite proof also ( for who is allergic to dust mites).
Wool: Wool pillows are heavier and less malleable than down and kapok pillows. Because of the volume of filling, our head will not sink into the pillow. Wool pillow breathes well and is hypo-allergenic. The luxury woolen cushions with the double tick are firmer than the other woolen cushions.
Kapok: Kapok pillows are 100% natural, hypoallergenic and light. They have an average volume (firmer than feather pillows but softer and more malleable than wool pillows). Kapok pillows are a little shorter compared to wool and feather pillows.
Natural Latex: Natural latex as the is resilient, strong but malleable material (it retains its shape with time). Natural latex is anti-allergenic and anti-microbial. Natural latex pillow has an open cell structure and therefore is breathable.
Natural latex with down around: The natural latex – down pillow is the “best of both worlds.” It has the resilience of latex and the softness of the down. The latex core keeps the pad always in its form, and the down ensures that the pillow is still soft. The cushion is a bit heavier and less malleable than a down pillow. The cover is double quilted so that dust mite can not enter.
5. How can I carry out the best test?
To figure out whether the pillow is right for you, lie down on the pillow in your favorite sleeping position. Please, take the time. It is even better if you can try it out at home because the pillow goes along with your own mattress. Turn a few times: the feel when changing sleeping positions during sleep is important. If it does not feel comfortable, then exchange it for another.
6. If I buy a new mattress, do I have to replace the pillows also?
If you buy a new mattress, you’ll often have to buy a new pillow, because the distance between your head and shoulders changes with the different firmness of the mattress.
If you have any question for us, please feel free to leave a comment below. For more about your sleeping buddies, visit www.bedtimefriends.com. Thank you for reading! And good luck!