How To Pick The Perfect Pillow
From goose down to memory foam, there are dozens of different types of pillows to choose from. Depending on your body and sleeping type, the pillow you choose can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep. Here is your guide for picking the perfect pillow for you.
There are several different types of pillow stuffing materials, including down, foam, and other synthetic fibers. Synthetic materials and foam are normally hypoallergenic, but they trap more dust mites, dirt and skin cells. Goose down feather pillows come highly recommended, as they are natural and tend to last the longest. However, they are much softer, less firm options. Your personal preference and sleep position will help you decide.
Much like Goldilocks' experience, there is a perfect balance of firm and soft when it comes to choosing a pillow and it is all related to your sleeping position. The goal of a pillow is to help keep your neck in proper "neutral" alignment, and the best pillow for you is the one that matches your sleeping position.
- Sleep On Your Back: Use a medium-density pillow to prop up your neck and ensure proper sleeping alignment.
- Sleep On Your Stomach: Not much support is needed if you sleep on your stomach. Your best bet is a thin, flat pillow that cushions the side of the head at a somewhat natural angle.
- Sleep On Your Side: A firm pillow is most beneficial for side sleepers. The head and spine should be kept in a horizontal line, and firm pillows do this best.
Flat pillows are often pretty useless for most sleepers. If your pillow no longer fluffs up or fills with air, it might be time to upgrade. If you sleep on your stomach, this thin flat pillow might be all right, but for everyone else, it's important to have a pillow with enough fluffiness left that it cradles your head and neck. If it doesn't fluff anymore, toss it and get a new one.
Avoiding Accent Pillows
It should be noted that standard accent pillows are incredibly firm, and are not recommended for a full night's sleep. They can cause your chin to point down and your head to rest at an unpleasant angle. They're perfect for reading bedtime books for kids, propping up your tablet or laptop, and of course decorating, but not for sleeping. Make sure you get a regular bed pillow for your nighttime rest.