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How to choose the right pillow

How to choose the right pillow

Quality sleep is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, and your choice of pillow plays a pivotal role in ensuring a restful night's sleep. However, with an abundance of pillow options available, finding the perfect one can be challenging. In this guide, we'll delve into the factors that you should consider when choosing the right pillow for you.

Understanding your sleeping position

Back sleepers

Back sleepers

For those who prefer sleeping on their backs, a medium-loft pillow that adequately supports the natural curve of the spine is recommended. 

Side sleepers

Side sleepers

A firm pillow is ideal for side sleepers to maintain proper alignment of the head, neck, and spine. TEMPUR’s Symphony Pillow comes in three profiles and offers flexible support for side sleepers. With contouring edges and a dual sided design, it’s ideal for allowing you to find the most comfortable fit for your head, neck and shoulders.

Stomach sleepers

Stomach sleepers

Those who sleep on their stomachs may benefit from a soft, low-loft pillow to prevent strain on the neck.

Exploring pillow filling materials

Memory foam

Memory foam

This material contours to your head and neck, providing excellent support and pressure relief, making it suitable for individuals seeking relief from neck pain. If you’re shopping for a memory foam pillow, we’d recommend the Insignia Symmetry Memory Foam Pillow. Constructed with high quality shape-retaining memory foam, this pillow comes with a 5 year product guarantee and will provide optimal temperature balance with a tencel blend on one side, and contact cooling on the other.

Latex

Latex

Known for its resilience and natural support, latex pillows are hypoallergenic and offer a durable option. If you’re looking for a latex pillow, the Bambi Belize Talalay Latex Pillow features pincores for improved air flow which allows for cooling one side and a Tencel™ blend on the other for year-round comfort.

Down/feather

Down/feather

These pillows provide a luxurious, soft feel and are perfect for those who prefer a plusher pillow. The Bambi Superior Feather and Down Pillow allows you to adjust the pillow height in 3 separate sections. This makes it ideal for back, side, and stomach sleepers. 

Polyester

Polyester

Budget-friendly and easily washable, although it may lack the durability and support found in other materials. Our Dreamsense Premium Poly Pillow Twin Pack offers you two premium pillows for the price of one! Featuring a high performance polyester fibre fill, and a cushioned feel for optimal head support, the twin pack is an excellent and affordable option for a great night of sleep.

Evaluating pillow loft and firmness

  • Loft

    Refers to the height of the pillow when lying flat. Select a low, medium, or high loft based on your sleeping position and personal comfort preferences.

  • Firmness

    The pillow's firmness should align with your comfort needs and any specific neck or back issues you might have.

Specialised pillows

  • Neck pain

    Pillows designed with cervical support, like the SleepMaker Fusion Gel Pillow, can alleviate neck pain and stiffness, offering targeted relief.

  • Allergies

    Hypoallergenic pillows, like the Tempur Ombracio Pillow with its washable hypoallergenic cover, are perfect for catering to individuals with allergies or sensitivities.

  • Cooling properties

    Some pillows feature cooling gel or breathable materials, which can be beneficial for those who tend to sleep hot.

Pillow maintenance

  • Follow care instructions provided by the manufacturer to maintain the pillow's cleanliness and prolong its lifespan.

  • Consider using a pillow protector or pillowcase to safeguard against stains and allergens.

Budget considerations

While setting a budget is important, keep in mind that investing in a quality pillow can significantly impact your sleep and overall health.

Finding the perfect pillow is a personal journey that requires consideration of your own personal health needs and preferences. Take your time exploring different options and remember that a well-suited pillow can contribute immensely to better sleep quality, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.


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