Having the wrong type of pillow can be a pain in the neck – literally!
If your neck is not properly aligned with your spine while you sleep, over time you can develop all kinds of problems, from muscle stiffness to nerve pain – not to mention a lack of shuteye.
Considering we spend up to a third of our lives in bed. it pays to invest in some decent pillows to improve sleep quality and prevent any aches and pains.
Experts recommend we replace our pillows every two years. A good way to tell if you’re in need of a new one is to fold your pillow in half and place a book on top of it. If it springs back, it’s still got life in it, but if it stays folded, it’s time to get rid.
Sling out those saggy old pillows and treat yourself to some comfy new headrests.
But before you dash down the pillow aisle, it’s wise to do a bit of research.
First, consider the fillings which range from natural to synthetic. Feather and down pillows are light and soft but not suitable for those with allergies. Wool pillows are hypoallergenic, temperature regulating, breathable and offer firm support.
Meanwhile, synthetic pillows include:
Hollowfibre – a plump, springy pillow that offers comfort and support.
Memoryfoam – a thick, firm pillow that relieves pressure and moulds to your head, neck and shoulders to allow them to rest in a natural position.
Anti-allergy – ideal for people with allergies or sensitive skin.
ActiGel – keep you nice and cool at night.
Pocket sprung pillows – retain shape and provide longlasting support.
Think about your sleeping position. Are you a side sleeper, a back slumberer or a stomach snoozer? This will dictate how soft or firm your pillow should be.
Generally speaking, side sleepers favour a thick, firm pillow – memoryfoam is good as it offers extra support.
Hollowfibre or wool-filled pillows are perfect bedfellows for back slumberers who should opt for a medium firmness with their head slightly raised to support natural spinal alignment.
Stomach snoozers need a softer, thinner pillow preferably with natural fillings so they can breathe easily.
If you’re a wriggler, you may want to go for a hybrid pillow that adapts as you change position throughout the night.
There are special pregnancy pillows for mums to be which mould around your bump to support your body and even anti-snoring pillows so you can ditch the earplugs!
Everybody’s different, and what may suit you, may be no good for your sleeping partner so, like you would with a mattress, it’s best to try before you buy.
We love a bit of pillow talk at Sleeptight Beds, and we have every pillow to suit your needs, so come down and have a chat with our friendly, expert team who will gladly help you pick your next pillow, so you can dream the same dream as us.