Guide To The Perfect Pillow
Pillows are an important part of getting a good night's sleep. The use of pillows dates back centuries. Wooden slabs or rocks were used as headrests not only to keep necks and heads supported during sleep, but also as a way to maintain tribal paint and as a way to maintain hairdos. Today, pillows are still used to maintain neck and head support, but also as a way to enhance comfort during sleep. It is important to ensure that you are selecting the perfect pillow based on your sleep needs. This guide will help you determine what type of pillow is right for you.
The Perfect Pillow For Your Sleep Position
An important step in choosing your perfect pillow is determining the position in which you normally sleep – your back, side, or stomach. Each of these positions requires a different type of pillow to keep your head adjusted in the right position for the best sleep possible.
Side sleepers will benefit from a firmer pillow as this type of pillow will prevent the spine from dipping down during the night. Side sleepers have a further distance from their neck to their mattress than those who sleep in other sleeping positions. Because of this distance they require a thicker pillow. Side sleeping is a great sleeping position for those who suffer from snoring, as well as pregnant women.
Back sleepers will benefit from a thinner pillow that will keep the head and neck aligned and will not push the head too far forward. A contoured or “s-shaped” pillow is ideal for back sleepers as it supports both the back and neck, as well as aids in reducing acid reflux and slows the appearance of wrinkles.
Stomach sleepers have a higher risk of misalignment in their neck and spine as stomach sleeping pushes the neck backwards and forces you to have to keep your head turned in one direction all night long. For this reason, stomach sleeping is discouraged. If you are a stomach sleeper, it is recommended that you have either a very thin pillow, a contoured pillow or no pillow at all. A flatter surface will help keep your head, neck, and back in line.
How To Care For Your Pillow
Experts say that you should buy a new pillow every 1-2 years to ensure that you are getting the most support and comfort possible. Purchasing new pillows often also prevents dirt, bacteria, and mold from building up within the pillow. Cleaning your pillow will help maintain its lifespan. Pillows should be gently vacuumed and only spot cleaned with a small amount of detergent and a damp towel. Avoid using an excessive amount of water when cleaning pillows as this can lead to mold and mildew.
Different Types Of Pillow Materials
Memory Foam Pillows
Memory foam pillows offer the same benefits as a memory foam mattress, including alleviating pressure points, adding support, and enhancing comfort. The only downside to memory foam pillows is that you are not able to adjust the pillow to your desired shape and thickness. A memory foam pillow should be replaced every 2-3 years.
Latex pillows are durable and soft to the touch. These pillows are a great option for sleepers who like the feel of memory foam but want something slightly less firm. Latex is naturally mildew resistant and hypoallergenic.
Natural Fill Pillows
Natural-fill pillows, such as feather, wool and down, are very popular due to their “customizable” properties. You can warp the pillow to fit your needs and they are typically very soft. These should be replaced every 2 years to keep them supportive, clean, and free of allergens.
Synthetic Fill Pillows
Synthetic fill pillows, such as polyester or microfiber, are the cheapest type of pillow. They will not stand the test of time and will not give the same support as higher quality pillows. Synthetic pillows should be replaced every 1-2 years.
Perfect Pillow For Different Sleep Needs
Best Pillows For Neck Pain
Memory foam pillows are a great option for neck pain. This material provides support for the neck’s natural curve. Improved neck support can also improve sleep quality. Our Tranquillium Contour memory foam pillow is perfect for back and stomach sleepers that have historically had neck pain. Similarly, the Tranquillium Contour memory foam pillow is perfect for side sleepers that suffer from discomfort in their neck.
Best Pillows For Allergies
Memory foam pillows are the best pillows for allergies. Memory foam is resistant to dust mites, which is one of the leading allergens found in pillows and mattresses.
Best Low-Cost Pillow
Polyester pillows are the most affordable pillow. These pillows are common, lightweight, and easy to clean. The Plush pillow is a great option if looking for an affordable down alternative pillow.
Best Pillow For Hot Sleepers
Latex pillows are often a popular option for people who sleep hot. Our Glaciertex Cooling pillow is made with thermoregulation technology woven into the fabric and uses a material that provides the support and comfort of memory foam but the durability of latex.
Having a comfortable and supportive pillow is essential for both your health and your quality of sleep. If your pillow has reached the end of its life, it may be time for a new one. BedInABox® has several different pillow options to accommodate any type of sleeper. The BedInABox® Tranquillium® Contour Pillow is made with our CoolRest® memory foam to keep you cool and comfortable while properly supporting and aligning your head and neck. This pillow is perfect for back and stomach sleepers. For side sleepers, we have the Tranquillium® Side Sleeper Pillow that supports the natural curve of the neck while sleeping on your side. Our Glaciertex pillow is perfect for anyone who sleeps hot, with thermoregulation technology called “double ice” that keeps you cool throughout the night. Lastly, our Plush Pillow is an affordable down alternative option that is great for everyone. Not sure what pillow is right for you? Contact our team at BedInABox® today and we will help you find the perfect fit!