Pillow Fight! – How to Pick the Right Pillow

A good mattress and pillow go together like peanut butter and jelly. After years – or even maybe a decade – of sleeping on your old mattress, you finally made the decision to invest in your sleep health and purchase a new mattress. But when was the last time you bought a pillow?

If it’s been over 2 years, it may be time to get a new one. According to WebMD.com, the general rule of thumb is to buy a new pillow every 12-18 months. Over time, your pillow can collect skin cells, mold, fungus and dust mites.

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I know it may seem hard to get rid of your pillow. Some of us just can’t bare to let them go. May be you even travel with your special pillow because you can’t sleep with out it. But if you are waking up with aches and pains, it might be time to stop blaming the bed.

Every body is different. We all have a certain way we like to sleep which has a direct correlation to the type of pillow you should be snuggling up with.

How Do You Pick A Good Pillow?

A good pillow should support you in the right places. It should keep your head in line with your back and spine, therefore different sleeping positions require different pillows. There are two things to consider when buying a new pillow: how do you sleep and what kind of material do you prefer?

“I’m a stomach sleeper.” – For people who prefer to sleep on their stomach, you should choose a very thin, soft pillow to ease the strain on the neck and allow you to sink to just the right level. You may not even need a pillow for your head but may consider tucking it under your stomach to avoid lower back pain.

“I’m a side sleeper.” – Side sleepers need a firmer pillow to fill in the distance between the ear and outside shoulder to support the head and the neck.

“I’m a back sleeper.” – If you prefer to sleep on your back, a pillow with extra loft that is medium to firm to help cradle the back of the head is recommended. This will allow your head and neck to be lifted and can help breathing and possibly reducing snoring.

Types of Pillow Filling

After identifying your sleep style, the next step is to decide which material you prefer to find that winning combination of comfort and support.

Memory Foam – The first choice for a pillow fill is synthetic or foam filled. These types of pillows are more friendly to allergy-pone people and are easy to wash. Orthopedic pillows are designed to alleviate pain and stiffness in the neck or back. At night as you move around, foam pillows move and adapt to your body. These pillows provide firmer support but are also known to retain more heat.

Down/Feather – Another option is goose down or feather pillows. These pillows are longer-lasting and excellent in terms of comfort. If you have allergies though, these may not be the best type for you or your bed partner.

Latex – This is the firmest kind of pillow and it resists mold and dust mites. Latex pillows may also help with back and neck alignment because they are often contoured for neck support.

Wool/Cotton – These pillows are hypoallergenic and resist mold and dust mites but tend to be firmer. So if you like squishy pillows, this may not be the best for you.

Shopping for a Pillow

Now that you are familiar with the different kinds of pillows available, when you go shopping for a pillow, try it out in the store before taking it home if possible. If you are at a mattress store, the sales associate may ask you some of the questions we discussed above so they can help fit you to the proper pillow.

Article written by Kayla Schafer, Marketing Director, Mattress Depot USA. October 24th, 2013.

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