If you are like most people, about one-third of your life will be spent asleep. What can you do to improve your sleep quality? You can improve the quality of your sleep by using bed pillows. When upgrading your sleep experience, consider your cushions’ firmness, filling, and size. Matthew H., one of our bedding experts, was available to talk about these critical factors and other recommendations that can make a difference in how you feel every morning.
Why is it essential to have the right pillow?
Bedding pillows do not fit all, contrary to popular belief. You may need different pads to get a good night’s sleep than your child or partner. Matthew explains, “A good pillow allows you to lie back while maintaining good posture comfortably.” What does this all mean? When you relax, your body will align from your knees and hips to your spine, chest, shoulders, and head. You can become tired the following day if any of these body parts are placed in a way that causes craning and twisting.
What is the best time to replace a pillow?
Our bedding experts agree that pillows should be kept the same once every two years. However, many factors can affect this recommendation. Your pillow may need to be replaced if your lifestyle or sleeping position has changed. Does it still provide the required support after a long period? You can keep the pillow in place until it is no longer comfortable.
What are the Common Types of Pillow Filing?
The filling of a bed pillow determines how firm it is and what type of support it offers. Our professionals have listed the most popular types of packing:
Premium down is the same, but with organic cotton casing.
Premium Down: this is the most luxurious filling. It’s exclusively made from down (the bird’s feathers) and is known for its softness. Premium down pillows retain their loft for long periods, are light and breathable and provide support for your head, neck, and head.
Feather down: pillows made with feather and down filling are generally less expensive and have slightly firmer lofts.
Hypoallergenic This filling mimics the feel of down. This fill is made from microfiber clusters, making it a good choice for those with allergies or seeking a vegan alternative.
Organic – This filling has premium down and an organic cotton casing.
How does your sleeping position affect the choice of pillows?
Simply put, the answer is yes. Matthew says the place you sleep each night is the most critical factor in choosing a pillow. He explains four main types of sleepers: stomach, stomach, side, and all-around. Each one requires a different kind of support.
Side sleepers These individuals account for the majority of the population. People who sleep in this position should consider using a firm to medium pillow. This will allow for more space between the shoulder and ear. This reduces strain when you’re asleep.
Stomach Sleepers: This position is best suited for flat pillows with a down-alternative fill. To ease the stress on the lower back, this type of sleeper may also benefit from a king pillow.
Back sleepers. People who sleep on their backs get the best support from pillows that are thinner and keep the neck aligned. Consider a firmer pillow, such as one made with feather-down if you snore. A soft pillow will provide comfort for non-snorers.
All-around Sleepers: Also known as combination sleepers, these people are quite a few. They should have a pillow to accommodate all the above sleeping positions. A medium-firm pillow for resting with feather-down or alternative fill is recommended for proper comfort and support.
Is the Pillow’s Size Important?
Matthew states that the pillow size should match the bed size. A standard-sized pillow is best for a queen or full-sized bed. You can also choose a king-size pillow if you have a queen bed.