–Choosing the Right Pillow

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At Bedshed, we’d like to banter with you about our favourite pillows.

A good pillow makes a difference; the wrong pillow can cause restless sleep and an achy body. Switching to a pillow that is designed to align the spine and better support the neck and head may reduce, or eliminate, minor sleep discomfort.

Keep in mind that a pillow by itself may not relieve morning aches. Tossing and turning while asleep can be a sign that your body is not properly supported. If your mattress is more than 5 years old or saggy, the mattress may be causing discomfort. We suggest a combination of a quality mattress and good-pillow to help you get a restful night’s sleep.

Soft Pillow or Firm Pillow?

As a rule, softer pillows usually suit a firmer mattress -- while firmer pillows suit a softer mattress. Be sure to consider your sleep position, too. Softer and flatter pillows are better for small-framed people, kids and stomach sleepers. Medium-feel pillows are great for back sleepers and firm pillows are best for large-framed people and slide sleepers.

A Pillow is Not All Fluff

Physiotherapists and chiropractors have been consulted in the design of contoured pillows. These pillows have shapes that allow our head, neck and shoulders to be supported while keeping our spine aligned. This reduces stress on our muscles, joints and nerves while we are sleeping.

Many modern pillows will be made with a supportive memory-foam core having a softer outer layer or exterior gel-layer. The outer layers often have patterned surfaces to distribute weight evenly, to disperse heat and to comfortably contour to our head, ears, cheeks and shoulders.

Here are some pillows that we like if you are primarily a:

Back sleeper

  • Technogel Countour Pillow
  • Dentons Multi Profile Pillow

Side sleeper

  • Tempur Millenium Pillow
  • Technogel Anatomic Pillow

Stomach sleeper

  • Tempur Ombracio Pillow

Small frame

  • Tempur Cloud Pillow
  • Dentons Low Profile Pillow

Large frame

  • Technogel Deluxe Pillow
  • Dentons High Profile Pillow

There is a lot of smart-science in modern pillows. We invite you to come into any of our local Bedshed stores to test and discover the best pillow for you.