Everyone knows that a good mattress and a relaxing ambiance can help one sleep better but there’s also another factor, equally important and often ignored: the pillow. It’s important to have a pillow that was designed just right for you. Here are a few tips that will help you:
The sleeping position.
First of all, you need to choose the pillow according to the position you normally take when you’re sleeping. For example, if you prefer sleeping on your side, you should get a firm pillow that supports your neck and head. If you sleep on your back then you need a medium to firm pillow. Those that sleep on their tummy should use a soft pillow.
There are several different options to choose from. The most common ones are down feathers, synthetic fibers and foam. Down pillows are made from the inner plumage of geese or ducks and they mold themselves to fit the user’s head, shoulders and neck. They’re very long-lasting and resilient.
Latex pillows are made from the sap of rubber trees, they are elastic and resilient as well as resistant to bacteria and dust mites. This is why they’re a good choice for those that suffer from allergies.
Memory foam pillows are good for those with sleep-related problems such as neck tension. They mold to the user’s body shape but the material is not breathable.
Some types of pillows were designed to relieve certain sleep problems such as snoring, sleep apnea, neck paint, pregnancy, etc. But there’s no guarantee they’ll work for you. They’re also quite expensive so look for reviews and research the model before you make a purchase.
A pillow needs to be fluffy to provide better cushioning and to let air travel through. If a pillow is flat and deflated, it can no longer trap air inside and thus it’s no longer comfortable. You can test the fluffiness of your pillows by folding them in half and checking if they unfold on their own.