What’s the right pillow for you? And how to choose!

Pillows! They are so important for a good night’s sleep, but they are not all one and the same and there is no ‘one size fits all’. Perusing the multitude of available pillow options can be confusing and it can also be hard to know where to start or what you actually need.

Why buy quality?

While many different bedding products, including pillows, are available at a range of price points, buying the best quality possible is always advisable. Refer to the websites of exceptional quality pillow and bedding companies to better understand the features and benefits of the products they sell. For example, a visit to the MiniJumbuk website will help you appreciate the benefits of quality wool products and the difference they can truly make to you enjoying a restful, comfortable night’s sleep.

Does expensive mean good?

There is no simple answer to this question. Many of the best quality pillows are made with the best technology, materials and practices available and do, therefore, come at a price. In other circumstances, the optimal pillow for you – that best meets your needs and the way you like to sleep – may not be expensive. Essentially, every person is different and the pillow that suits another person may not be the best pillow for you.

Choose for the individual

When purchasing pillows, avoid the temptation to buy the same pillow for all members of the family. Think carefully about who the pillow is for, the age of the user and the sleeping position(s) they favour. Also consider whether the individual experiences any particular physical pains or needs particular support.

How do you choose a good pillow?

Back sleepers: If you prefer sleeping on your back, you probably need a pillow that allows for a slight stretch of your neck and will support the progressive curve of this part of your body. Your pillow should retain its shape all night after you are in the correct position for sleeping (and this is true for all sleeping positions). Side sleepers: Side sleepers need a pillow that is high but sufficiently soft to keep the head at a levelled position. This means that there should be straight alignment of your head and spine. Your pillow should not create a curve or tilt of your neck in an upwards or downwards direction.

Considerations when selecting a pillow:

When you are pillow shopping, make your decision based on these factors:

  • The age of the person and their physical size
  • The sleeping position preferred by the individual
  • The individual’s need of any special support
  • How much time the individual typically lies in bed
  • Whether the person experiences allergies, asthma or any other respiratory conditions.

Having considered these factors, you can then make a pillow selection that takes into account:

  • The material used in the fill of the pillow
  • Pillow height
  • How soft or firm the pillow is
  • Any special support or design of the pillow
  • The extent to which the pillow fill regulates temperature
  • Whether the pillow can be washed.

Pillows can make a great deal of difference to the quality of sleep enjoyed. Consider the options carefully and make a choice of pillow based on your own or another person’s characteristics and needs.

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