How To Pick A Pillow Which Will Ensure Your Sound Sleep

Replacing pillow is one of the most neglected topics around the household. But do you know that one of the most painful type of neck occurs due to pick a pillow which is not good for health. Pillows does not usually get as attention as the mattresses do. When it comes to investing on sleep it is usually the mattress that stills the show.

But there are many factors affecting your way of sleep at night and your pillow type is one of them. Based on your sleeping style and personal needs and also considering some other factors, one must determine what the right kind of pillow is for them.

This will help by providing sound sleep and giving a head start to a better stress free day. But the pillow you pick depends on a number of factors which are described further in this article. Here are some points to be remembered on how to pick a pillow.

Major Factors: How To Pick A Pillow

Depending On Your Sleeping Position

Sleeping position varies from person to person and along with each different position different the shape, size, texture and softness of the pillow varies.

  • For the ones who sleep on their stomach, pick a nearly flat soft pillow or completely ditch having a pillow. Soft pillow will easily built in the shape of your neck and allow it to almost stay in line with the spine.
  • For back sleepers, medium thick pillows would be best. Thicker and firm bottomed pillows would provide the best support for this position. Too thick would make your head go too up and forward, too soft would make it sink to the bottom.
  • One sided sleepers should use a harder and firmer pillow to maintain the alignment of the neck with the spine.
  • And for mixed sleepers who move around the clock throughout the night, soft and moderately thick pillows would be most appropriate. It will easily adapt to every different positions and provide comfort and support.

Pick The Right Filling

So pillow fillings; it is the most important aspect of picking the right pillow. But first of all, let’s talk about the different types of fillings and their qualities and drawbacks. The thing about the fillings is that there is no ‘perfect’, the right kind depends on a number of factors considering medical issues, neck pain, dust allergies, how long they will last or simply the pricing.

Here is a guideline on pick a pillow with the right material:

  • For side sleepers who wants to stay warm and toasty feather or down pillow fillings are best, they are of soft, firm, can last up to 10 years and should be avoided by patients suffering from allergies.
  • Cotton or wool pillows are firm and anti-allergic although not suitable for stomach sleepers.
  • Latex pillows are also good for allergy sufferers. They are made up of sap from rubber trees, making it cool, elastics and available in any shapes and sizes. They easily form the shape of the neck and head.
  • Memory foams are almost same as latex foams with exceptions of heat retaining quality and giving of chemical smells as it is made up of polyurethane. This is comparatively less expensive than the latex foams.

Ideal Size, Fabric And Softness

Three things must be considered when it comes to size, that is how big your bed is, how many pillows you need and your sleeping position. Maintaining the alignment of your head, neck and shoulder with your spine is the main reason why you should consider the thickness and softness of your pillow.

And finally the fabric of the pillow must be smooth, soft and breathable. This cover is necessary as it increases the life of the pillow protecting it from humidity, sweat and stain.

Contrast With The Mattress

For a firmer harder surfaced mattress soft pillow are better as it will adapt to the pressure of the weight of your head. On the other hand, softer mattresses should be paired with firmer pillow because it will maintain the neck and spine alignment.

Make Replacement At The Correct Time

Punching and folding the pillows multiple number of times is not the solution to getting a sound sleep. The most common rule is to replace the pillows within 15 to 18 months whether or not they are damaged.

If your pillow has survived more than five to six years then its dead already. This is due to being in contact with dead skin cells, mildew, mold, fungus and dust. This may trigger odor, allergies and breathing difficulties.

The common “adding weight” test may help you proving the correct condition of the pillow. In this test you fold the pillow of any kind and then add extra weight on top of it.

Then after five to six minutes remove the weights. If the pillow jumps to original form then it is lively and healthier than ever. However, if it stays like that then your pillow is a lost course.

Ditch Decorative Pillows

Decorative pillows are pleasant to look at but usually it provides the wrong alignment of your head, neck and shoulder with the spine. If it’s only the covers than make sure to take them off before bed as they can be very uncomfortable.

And since they are more expensive than any other type of pillows so you don’t want to ruin it with sweat or any unremoved, smudged makeup.

Read Reviews

Although it is the least reliable source because not everything on the internet is true. But still the brands, guarantees, price and recommendation of the users should all be taken into account before making an investment.

Summary Line

If you follow all the above guidelines then it can be assumed that you are already half way there to getting the right pillow and having sound sleep in no time. So the summary how to pick a pillow would be: for extra warmth and cozy feels try feather pillows. Use cotton or wool pillows if you suffer from allergies. If you suffer from any kind of chronical neck pain then use latex or memory pain for extra support.

Krista Wittig