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Find the perfect pillow to match your style
Choosing the correct pillow for your sleeping style is an important factor that’s quite often overlooked. There are pillows specially designed to make sleep more comfortable for different types of sleepers. Spending a little extra on a good pillow will go a long way to providing a more comfortable sleep, and quality products also last longer.
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What’s the perfect pillow thickness?
To get a good night’s sleep, the height of the pillow needs to be correct for you. Having the correct height maintains your spine and neck alignment in the right position while you sleep. This then eliminates pressure on neck and shoulder muscles that you may not even be aware is happening. Once you have a good pillow with the correct height for you, you’ll notice a big difference in how well you feel in the morning.
To check that your pillow is providing the correct amount of support, your neck and spine should be straight when your head is placed on the pillow. You can ask a friend or partner to check this for you. Another way to check the alignment is to stand against or next to a wall in the same style as you would lie on your mattress. Place a pillow between the wall and your head, then check the alignment of your spine. Is it straight or is it curved and would you be happy to spend the night in this position?
The pillow that is the one for you will have you looking straight ahead with a straight neck. This will let your spine, neck, and head to be fully supported throughout the night.
What makes a pillow comfortable?
How comfortable you find a pillow depends a lot on the firmness of your bed, and your personal sleeping style. If you have a soft bed, you may find a slightly lower pillow more comfortable than what’s normally recommended for your sleeping style, as this works with your body sinking a little lower into the bed.
When should you replace it?
Generally speaking, most pillows should be replaced every 2 to 5 years depending on the quality of the pillow. Some high-quality pillows come with 20-year warranties. Using a pillow protector will extend the life of your pillow and stop it from being degraded by sweat, moisture, and bacteria.
Avoid these if you’re a side sleeper
There are a few types of pillows to stay away from if you’re a committed side sleeper. Some of these may come as a surprise.
Down and feather pillows are soft, pliable and feel cuddly, but they lack the height and support needed to keep your neck aligned. Down also likes to escape its casing from time to time.
Polyester pillows generally don’t last long, and the contents tend to shift creating -`+lows.
Down Alternatives and Gel pillows often lack the support and firmness needed for side sleepers. They also tend to clump and become lumpy and uncomfortable with age.
Which are the best pillows for Side Sleepers?
Side sleepers need higher, medium to firm pillows. The pillow needs to fill the gap between the ear and the outside edge of the shoulder. This will support your neck, head, and spine to ensure they are all in alignment. Sleeping on a pillow that’s too soft or thin makes your head lay low, creating a downward bend in your neck. A pillow that’s too thick creates an uncomfortable upward bend of the neck.
Side sleepers need a pillow to stay firm through the night, without the fill collapsing in on itself. Any of the 4 pillow types listed below are ideal for side sleepers.
List of the best pillows for Side Sleepers
#1 – Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillows
Bamboo shredded / memory foam mix pillows are designed to contour to your spine, giving you proper orthopedic support. These keep their buoyancy allowing your head and neck to remain in alignment throughout the night.
Shredded memory foam pillows have a zipper to easily add or remove foam to adjust the thickness, as well as the overall softness and firmness of the pillow. These pillows are fully washable and come with a removable protective cover making them easy to launder, but still need a pillowcase to protect them properly.
#2 – Latex Pillows
If you’re not used to a Latex pillow these can feel a little bouncy to begin with. The bounce gives the pillows its resilience and prevents it from flattening. Latex pillows adapt to your shape and adjust itself as you move to provide optimal support neck and spine support.
These pillows come with a protective machine washable cover, making it easy to launder, but they still require a pillowcase.