Choosing the right pillow for yourself can be pretty tricky. There are so many things that you need to look at before picking the ultimate one that suits all your needs.
Two of the most important factors include – your sleeping position and the material used in the pillow.
What pillow suits you?
- Based on sleeping position
To determine what pillow suits you best, you need to first identify what position you usually sleep in.
If you are having difficulty understanding, observe yourself moments before you drift off. Try every position for a few minutes and see what seems most comfortable to you.
Once you have determined your ideal sleep position, it is time to choose a pillow for you.
- For back sleepers
If you have just discovered that you are a back sleeper, then the pillow that will suit you best is the medium-thick pillow.
Why a medium thick pillow? Because if you go for one that is too high density, then chances of your head being pushed forward increases. This means your neck and your spine will not be in the same line, as a result of which you will not get a goodnight’s sleep.
Picking a pillow that is extremely fluffy and soft will make your head sink in, causing the neck and the spine to be unaligned. Again, painful!
If you want to avoid neck pain, then a back sleeper should go for a medium-firm pillow. This pillow will give your back as well as your neck all the support that is required. Also, the comfort level will be just the kind you need.
- For stomach sleepers
Are you someone who likes to sleep on their stomachs? If yes, then go for a pillow that is relatively soft. Also, make sure the pillow is flat.
According to experts, for stomach sleepers, going without any pillow is the best option.
If going pillow-less seems impossible, then select a soft flat pillow which allows your neck and your spine to be in a straight line, maintaining their natural alignment.
- For side sleepers
If you sleep on your sides, then you need to go for a pillow that is firmer than medium-firm (which works for back sleepers).
Using a relatively firmer pillow ensures that your neck remains supported even though you are sleeping on your sides. Therefore, you will wake up with no ache in the neck.
- Mix sleepers
If you are a mix sleeper, meaning someone who changes sleeping positions through the night, then you should go for a softer fluffy pillow that has medium thickness.
This type of pillow will accommodate your changing positions without jostling you out of sleep.
- Based on material used
To choose a pillow based on the material used, let us first find out what benefits each type has so that you can make a better choice.
- Latex pillows
Latex pillows are made from the sap of the rubber tree. This makes them natural, giving them properties such as being hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, dust-mite-resistant, etc.
These pillows are easy to wash. However, to be sure to always check the instructions on how to clean it.
Latex pillows are durable, but exposing the pillow to too much heat or sunlight will reduce the lifespan of the pillows.
Since the pillow absorbs sweat from the sleeper’s head, it is important that the moisture is circulated. Latex pillows allow that.
- Synthetic pillows
The next type of pillows is synthetic pillows. These may come with a polyester fill or a microfiber fill.
It is easy to take care of synthetic pillows. You can use a mild detergent and give it a gentle spin in the machine.
- Wool pillows
These pillows breathe well. Also, it is usually free of toxic materials that might harm your skin.
However, they are not very popular as pillow fillings. They tend to clump into balls, which makes the sleeping surface inconsistent, thus causing uncomfortable sleep.
The pillow does not conform to the shape of the head of the sleeper, thus causing neck and back pain.
- Memory foam pillows
The most popular choice of pillow fillings right now, memory foam pillows uniformly distribute the weight of the sleeper’s head thus making sure the neck feels no strain.
The material also conforms to the shape of their head, thus putting the neck and the spine in one straight line, which is their natural alignment.
These pillows work well for all sleeping positions because of their ability to adapt to the body shape of the sleeper.
They are easy to clean and maintain which ensures the health and freshness of the bedding as a whole.
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