Finding the right pillow

    Welcome to My Pillow Zone

     

    A ‘Pillow’ is not just a ‘Pillow’                                                                                 

    Did you know that your head weighs somewhere between 4.5 and 5.5kgs.  That’s a fair amount of weight that the pillow needs to support.  Not only that,  your pillow also needs to hold your head in the correct alignment through the night.

    There is a pillow to suit any type of sleeper. There are pillows designed for side sleepers, back sleepers and those that sleep on their stomach.  There are pillows you can use while you are traveling as well as those designed for pregnant women or people suffering from painful back or neck issues.

    There are thousands upon thousands of pillows available to buy, but how do you know which one is best for you?

    How Do You Sleep?

    We spend about a third of our lives asleep. To make the most of your sleep, it’s important to choose a pillow that’s designed for how you sleep, whether it’s on your side, back, or stomach.

    Side Sleepers

    If you sleep on your side, you may find yourself waking up from time to time with neck pain. This is because you need additional support when you sleep on your side because your neck is further away from the mattress. If you sleep on your side, you may want to get the largest size possible for additional support.

    If you’re a side sleeper, you may want to consider a memory foam or latex pillow. These provide more support than a down or feather pillow and will help keep your spine aligned so you don’t experience neck or back pain.

    Back Sleepers

    Sleeping on your back can be comfortable. It distributes your weight evenly and minimizes neck or back pain—if you choose the right pillow. Contrary to what you might think, you need a fairly supportive pillow if you sleep on your back. This helps keep your spine properly aligned while you sleep. A contour-shaped pillow can provide your neck with the support it needs so you get restful, restorative sleep.

    Sleeping on Your Stomach

    Sleeping on your stomach can put a strain on your neck. You may not be able to sleep in any other position, though. If you like to sleep on your stomach, you may want a full-body pillow. A longer pillow can provide support for your neck and back, and you can even tuck it between your knees to help keep your spine aligned. A low profile can also work well if you sleep on your tummy. To learn more, check out our guide on the best pillows for stomach sleepers

    Special Situations

    You may have unique considerations that impact what kind of pillows you need. There are pillows designed for just about every situation so you can find one that provides you with the support you need.

    Travel Pillows

    Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, sometimes you need to get some shut-eye. That’s hard to do comfortably when you’re sitting in an upright position. If you nod off, your head leans forward or backward, putting a strain on your neck.

    To make the most of your power naps, consider investing in a travel pillow. Inflatable ones are adjustable and fold up neatly so they’re easy to pack. Memory foam travel pillows can be manipulated to suit whatever position you’re sleeping in. Rather than going with a traditional u-shaped travel pillow, consider getting one that has some chin support. To learn more, check out our guide on the Best Travel Pillows

    Pregnancy Pillows

    During pregnancy, your body is changing almost constantly. Back pain is a common issue for many pregnant women. To get a good night’s sleep, you need a pillow that supports your whole body. Many women find a body pillow to be helpful for support. You can tuck a full-body pillow between your knees to provide additional support to your spine and use it to support your stomach as well. Still unsure? Check out our guide on the best pregnancy pillows of 2018

    Neck Pain

    Waking up in pain is miserable. If you’re experiencing neck pain, it can put a damper on your whole day. After all, we use our necks constantly. If you experience neck pain, a supportive pillow can make an immense difference. Memory foam pillows can provide firm support while still being comfortable. A cervical-style pillow may also help. These pillows have higher sides and a lower middle, which can gently support your head and neck.

    What’s in Your Pillow?

    As you choose your new pillow, you may be wondering what type of pillow is best. Down and feather pillows are a traditional choice, but you can also buy memory foam or latex pillows. The best choice for you depends on your personal preference and sleep position.

    Down Pillows

    Down is a natural pillow filling that comes from the undercoating of a bird’s feathers. Down pillows are soft, but retain a touch of firmness. Down pillows come with different “fill powers,” and the higher the fill power, the higher the quality of the pillow. Down pillows are a bit more expensive than feather pillows. To learn more, check out our guide on the difference between down and feather pillows or our reviews on the Best Down Pillows of 2018

    Down Alternative Pillows

    If you’re allergic to down, you may want to consider a down alternative pillow. These provide the feel and support of down without the allergens. Like their down counterparts, down alternative pillows are light, soft, and moldable. Just remember to fluff them from time to time.

    Feather Pillows

    Feather pillows are heavier than down pillows. Some find that they provide more support due to the extra weight. Quills are more pronounced in feather pillows, though, so you might get the occasional poke. For the best of both worlds, you might want to consider a combination pillow with both down and feathers. Not sure if feather or down is the way to go? Check out our handy guide to learn more.

    Polyester Pillows

    Polyester pillows are affordable and easy to clean. They tend to go flat relatively quickly, though, so you may end up replacing your pillow sooner than you’d like. They also tend to clump, and there’s no easy way to get the clumps out.

    Memory Foam Pillows

    Memory foam pillows combine softness and support. They tend to keep their shape, so you’ll need to purchase one that’s already in your preferred shape. Shredded memory foam pillows are a bit more moldable, though. They do have a distinct odor right out of the box, but that odor typically fades with time. They can be expensive, but considering how often you use your pillow, it’s a worthwhile investment. If you’re a side or back sleeper, you may want to consider a contoured memory foam pillow. These provide additional support for your back and spine. Some memory foam pillows also include a cooling gel to help keep you from overheating at night. With their unique combination of support and softness, many find memory foam pillows to be essential for a good night’s sleep.

    Latex

    Latex pillows are also soft but supportive. Shredded latex is moldable so you can customize it to your preferred shape. Latex pillows are more expensive than other pillow types, but they are breathable and environmentally friendly.

    Need to find out more? Well keep reading and I’ll give you some hints, tips and advice on how to choose the pillow that suits you best as well as a range of pillow reviews to help you choose the right pillow.