Good sleep is essential for both mental and physical health, and it plays a significant part in how we feel each and every day. But how do you make sure you are getting the best sleep you possibly can? Sure, we all know a good mattress is important, and how many hours you get is vital too, but don’t forget about your pillow! The right pillow can play a surprisingly big part in whether or not you get good sleep. You may think pillow type does not make a big impact, but you’d be wrong. Here’s a quick look at the different pillow types and how you can decide which is best for you.
What’s your sleep position?
Your usual sleeping position can help determine the best pillow type for you. If you sleep on your back, you’re going to want a flatter, thinner pillow to ensure your head is not cranked forward too much. Sleeping on your side means you should be looking for a thicker and more firm pillow in order to fill the space between your ear and shoulder, keeping your head in line with your spine. Lastly, if you sleep on your stomach, you’ll do best with the thinnest pillow possible or even no pillow at all, so that your head is not cranked back. Stomach sleepers should also consider placing a pillow underneath their stomachs to avoid lower back pain.
What’s in your ideal pillow?
Pillow stuffing is another important factor in determining the right pillow. Here’s a look at the most popular pillow stuffing options and the benefits they can provide:
Foam- foam pillows are good for supporting your head, provided that the foam is on the denser side. Foam that is not dense enough is going to give you less support.
Memory foam- a popular choice for some time now, memory foam is designed to constantly adjust to your head as you move throughout the night. This constant moulding to your head’s shape reduces pressure points and can help your neck feel less strained in the morning. The most popular memory foam pillow is the S-shaped design which is very supportive for your neck.
Latex- latex pillows are the firmest types of pillows and are often contoured for neck support, making them very helpful for back and neck alignment. Latex is also resistant to dust mites and mould.
Down/feather- these pillows are usually highly recommended by sleep experts because they are soft yet firm enough to give the support that is needed, and the stuffing can easily be moved around allowing you to shift the support where it is most needed.
Wool/cotton- like latex pillows, these are on the firmer side and are not for anyone who is looking for a soft and squishy pillow. Also like latex, wool and cotton resist mould and dust mites. A firm pillow means you’re going to be getting good neck support.
Now that you know more about the different types of pillows available, you can be more confident that you are buying a pillow that is going to give you a better night’s sleep and that is also going to make you feel better on a daily basis!