It’s not a simple decision and there is plenty of options out there so here are a few points to get you thinking about what type of pillow you really need to get that good night’s sleep. So let's take it down to simple terms, there are 3 main points that need to be considered when you are thinking about what to buy.
Select the right softness
You can choose a pillow with, down/feather, wool/cotton, latex, or even memory foam. Each filling will of course feel different and serve a different purpose so it really is best to do your research and find out the intricacies of each filling before making your choice.
Take your sleeping position in consideration
The way you sleep will affect the loft, or height, of your pillow. Consider first if you are a back, stomach, or side sleeper. You may even be a combination of all of every night! Each position will typically lean towards needing a specific softness. For example, if you are a side sleeper you will typically need a pillow that is harder and thicker. Remember the name of the game is to help keep your spine straight.
Consider any special needs
Have a think about your own individual needs. Do you have any specific allergies? Potentially a non allergenic memory foam pillow will be best for your needs due to this. Avoid any additives to foam (eg. chemicals, nanoparticles) as they can be harmful to your health as it may affect your breathing in both short and long term. There are also positional pillows on the market that claim to be able to help with sleep apnoea that provide firmness in the lower part of the pillow to support the neck.
Do your research online before you commit. And finally remember that price isn’t everything. Just because it’s the most expensive pillow on the market certainly doesn’t mean it will make you sleep any better than a less expensive option.
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