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    We have made it much easier to choose the right pillow with no more trial and error in the search to find the best pillow for you. We have done much of the work for you already with our comprehensive range of recommended pillows in the attached pages, but here are a few other key things to consider when choosing the correct pillow.

    • A pillow’s filling is one thing to consider when choosing the right pillow. It’s this  “stuff”  inside the pillow that determines how well the pillow functions and the support it gives to your head and neck during the night.  It is also wise to choose a pillow that is hypo allergenic as many people unknowingly suffer from allergies and this can really affect sleep dramatically. you know that feeling when you wake during the night or in the morning with a heavy head / stuffy nose for no apparent reason? Children are more susceptible to allergies so it is especially important for them. It is also a good idea to use a quality waterproof protector which will keep the dust mites away from you. Learn more about the different types of pillow filling.

    • A pillow’s flexibility is extremely important because most people alter their positions throughout the night (in fact we toss and turn 20 – 50 times each and every night) and your pillow needs to be able to adjust and still maintain its proper support for your head and neck . It is crucial for a pillow to give great support for your head and neck all night long. A good pillow should be able to handle being compresses night after night and still maintain its form. A low quality pillow will lose its functionality in a short amount of a time. That is why it is always important to choose a pillow made of high quality flexible material.
    • A pilow’s breathability is important as while sleeping many people can release a large amount of heat during the night. This can cause sweating and moisture to build-up in your pillow which can be quite uncomfortable and disturb your sleep. Mites and allergens are also attracted to this moisture and heat that accumulates in your pillow, and we all know those ‘all too common’ yellowish/brown stains on your pillow which I am sorry to tell you are just plain old mold and bacteria!. You should have a pillow that “breathes’ well (allows some airflow to draw the heat away) and also use good quality cotton or linen pillow cases (silky or polyester pillow cases will cause heat build up) and is also machine washable. Being able to wash your pillow will ensure that you can keep your pillow clean and free from mites and allergens. A good tip is to allow your pillow to dry naturally in the sun.  Having a clean, healthy pillow will help ensure a great night sleep every night.  

    1st Step: A Pillow’s Content:

    • Types of pillows: There are many different types of pillow available to choose from. Some people prefer memory foam pillows, some latex pillows, some microfibre pillows and others prefer feathery down pillows. There are benefits  and downsides to each and every pillow depending mostly on the sleeping position you choose to sleep in. A feathery down pillow will probably need to be fluffed and bunched together several times during the night or eventually will lose its shape and support. Down pillows can feel very soft and much like laying your head on a cloud at first, but can become flat and not give proper support for the head and neck, or can bunch around the sides of your face and be uncomfortable and rouse you from sleep. People who sleep in a prone position or on their stomach are typically the ones who like down feather pillows as they are somewhat narrower and place less strain on the neck (note I don’t recommend sleeping on your stomach)
    • Pick a good quality pillow: It is always important to make sure that your pillow is actually hypoallergenic. Whilst it is not practical to have your pillow tested, you can make sure that it is purchased through a reliable and reputable supplier. Some lower priced pillow manufacturers may claim that their pillows are hypoallergenic but in trying to reduce costs they are not really using hypo-allergenic materials. A specialized synthetic pillow is almost always a good choice when choosing the right pillow. Always choose a pillow that meets international standards as well as provides the comfort needed to have a great night sleep. Comparing different pillows will ensure you get the pillow that best fits your health and comfort needs.

    2nd Step: Sleep Position & Support

    • Choosing the right pillow can be difficult task. Most people choose a pillow based on what they are most comfortable with and the support the pillow provides. Always choose a pillow that helps keep you comfortable while maintaining a good posture. Good posture means to keep the spine, head and neck aligned and avoid any bending or twisting. Your posture, or the alignment of your head and neck with your pillow should be almos exactly the same position as when you are standing up nice and tall.
    • As a general guide, larger individuals, broader shoulders (weight lifters) or side sleepers can achieve  good support with a slightly firmer and thicker pillow. Smaller individuals and back sleepers should select a softer and slightly thinner pillow to provide just the right amount of support and the correct alignment. Having the correct pillow will help to reduce tension on the neck, shoulders and also help reduce pressure points on the head. This will not only lead to a deeper and more refreshing night sleep, but the less pressure points will mean less  time you have to spend waking up to readjusting and easing tense muscles. It is not encouraged for individuals to sleep on their stomach but if you are a stomach sleeper it is better to go with a very soft and quite low profile pillow.

    One final tip I always recommend is that once you have found your perfect pillow, and you love it and are getting the best sleep of your life, then go back and buy another one or even two of exactly the same pillows and keep  in storage until you need them. WHY? Well just consider for a moment that if you do as we suggest and look after your pillow as best you can, your pillow will still wear out somewhere around the 4 – 6 year mark, that is just the unfortunate fact. And whilst you may well be able to find one similar, things change, companies move on to different materials and feels so the next pillow may not be just as perfect. Hey Presto – you don’t even need to look as you have another perfect pillow in your cupboard ready to go!

    We can always help you find the best pillow that is best suited for your sleeping style. Everyone deserves a great night sleep and we are here to help info@mypillowzone.com

    Sweet Dreams!