Consider your sleep positions
Besides combination sleepers, there are three main types of sleepers requiring different types of support and a different kind of pillow. Stomach sleeper can get away with very little support and thin pillows. Back sleepers have to look for a pillow that correctly supports their neck. Otherwise, they will wake up in pain. Whereas a side sleeper has to find a pillow that not only has the correct firmness but also the proper height.
There are three normal sizes for pillows, the standard, queen, and king size pillows. It’s important to know which size pillow is just right for you. If the pillow is too big, it will flex your head forward in an uncomfortable position. A too big pillow can cause curvature of the spine. If you sleep on your side, a big pillow will crank your head towards the ceiling. If the pillow is too small, your spine tends to straighten and flatten out improperly. A thin pillow won’t provide your neck with the proper support. If you sleep on your side, it titles your head down towards the bed.
Signs that you are sleeping on the wrong pillow include aching pain, not feeling rested, and snoring. You need a proper pillow to ensure your neck stays aligned and that your head is supported correctly.
Pillows can come in a wide variety of materials that all have their advantages and disadvantages. Memory foam retains its shape well which may prevent snoring. The dense foam also provides relief on pressure points which can relieve neck, shoulder, and back pain. However, a new memory foam pillow can have a strong chemical smell. The dense filling also retains body heat and can cause problems with breathability. A latex pillow will last longer than most other pillows. Latex also provides excellent support and adjust when you move.
A feather pillow will last for around two to three years. A pillow with feather filling will stay cool while you sleep and are very soft. However, because of the softness the pillow loses its shape quickly and don’t provide the best support. If you’re looking for a cheap pillow that is easy to clean, then you should consider purchasing a dawn alternative or polyester pillow. However, if your primary concern is neck support, it may be best to avoid polyester.
No matter what is inside your pillow or what covers it, you need to make it’s safe. There are different ways to check your pillows safety including various certifications, such as CertiPUR-US for foams or Oeko-Tex for textiles. Check what certification your pillow has and who issued it to get a better idea of what’s inside of it and if it’s safe.
Pillows need to be washed somewhere between two to three times a year. Some pillows can be washed in a machine, while others will need to be washed by hand. On the inside tag of nearly every pillow, there will be clear instructions on how to properly clean it.
Cleaning is essential for a good night’s sleep and your overall health. Even the durability of a pillow can be affected by being kept dirty.
Most consumers don’t buy a pillow planning to use it for only a few months. Things like material, how often the pillow is used, and even how you sleep can all affect how long the pillow lasts. To ensure your pillow is a long-term investment, understand the material and make sure to give it a proper cleaning at least once a year.