Buying a pillow sounds simple, right? But with so many varieties on the market, do you really know which one is best for you?
There are many things to take into consideration when purchasing a new pillow, and it can seem a bit overwhelming, but when you get that perfect night's sleep, all your research will seem well worth it.
To find the perfect pillow for you, start by asking yourself these questions:
How do I usually sleep?
Whether you sleep on your back, side or stomach, the height of your pillow is crucial. Ultimately, you want to ensure your head and neck receive proper support and are kept it in a natural alignment, without bending too far forward or back.
If you sleep on your back, you'll want a pillow that is breathable and can adjust to the body's temperature and weight. A Memory Foam or Latex Pillow are both great options for back sleepers as they will contour around the shape of your head and support you in the proper position while you sleep.
Side sleepers should seek a Contoured or Foam Core Pillow that fills the space between the ear and the outer shoulder and supports the spine's natural position.You'll want to avoid any pillow that is too soft and allows your head to slump down during sleep.
Sleeping on your stomach isn't recommended because it puts extra stress on your lower back and may result in potential neck pain. If you do tend to sleep on your tummy, try a very thin and soft pillow made from a lightweight fabric, like Microfibre or Bamboo.
Do I suffer from allergies?
For allergy sufferers, using the wrong pillow can trigger irritated eyes, nasal congestion and lead to many sleepless nights. Opt for a pillow made from a healthy, natural fibre, or one that has been allergy treated.
The Microfibre Pillow, Greenfirst Bamboo Fibre Pillow or uniquely healthy Latex Pillows are all go-to options for allergy sufferers. These health-focused pillows repel dust mites and are machine or hand-washable.
Do I have back pain?
The main concern with back pain is to keep your spine in place by supporting the hips and shoulders. Resting on an elongated Body Pillow will prevent tossing and turning during sleep and keep you in the right position so you don't wake up feeling sore.
Am I nursing a baby?
For nursing mothers, a pillow with extra support is important. A larger than average pillow, like a Euro, Tri or Body, will provide more comfort and additional back support for new mums while they're sitting up in bed.
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