Your pillow is vital to a good night’s sleep and making sure you have the right one should be a priority. Choosing the wrong pillow can make sleep uncomfortable and can leave you uncomfortable, stiff and in pain by the morning. So how do you choose the right one for you?
The first thing to consider is the thickness of your pillow. Depending on how you usually sleep may determine how thick your pillow should be. If you sleep on your front for example, you would need a thin pillow, and in fact may be able to forgo one altogether. Though, be warned. Sleeping on your stomach can put strain on your lower back, leading to discomfort and pain. Back sleepers – consider a pillow on the thinner side to avoid creating an unnatural angle for your neck while you sleep.
Choosing the material your pillow is made of can also make a huge difference to the quality of your sleep. Some of the most common choices are synthetic, feather, down, memory foam and latex.
Many people avoid feather and down pillows due to allergies. But in addition to potential allergies, feather and down pillows offer limited support to side sleepers. Whilst they are soft, and easy to shape to your head and neck, they aren’t suitable for everyone. If you need more support for your neck, these are not the option for you.
So what would be more suitable for neck support? The cheapest option is to go for a synthetic pillow. They are easily manipulated to get just right for your sleeping position and provide good support. However, synthetic pillows have a limited life span as the filling begins to form uncomfortable clumps in some places, and flatten in others.
If you’re looking for a pillow which will provide long term support, memory foam and latex are both great options. Memory foam contours to your head and neck, offering perfect support in just the right areas, often providing pain relief for those suffering with a sore neck in the morning. However, it may not be the best choice for restless sleepers who toss and turn in the night and for some can get too hot.
Latex on the other hand also provides excellent support, without the downsides of memory foam. However, it’s not adjustable and so it’s vital to get one just the right height for you.
Whichever option you choose, your pillow is of such vital importance for your sleep and comfort that it’s best to take your time over the choice. Do not opt solely for the cheapest available option, as this is an investment in your well-being for the next 6 months to 2 years. Choosing the right pillow can lead to a better night’s sleep and a better day ahead.