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The Perfect Pillow

— by Sleep Outfitters on Jan 18, 2024

Believe it or not, the type of pillow you sleep with every night can affect the quality of your sleep. While they may not be an initial thought as you’re building your ideal sleep space, choosing the perfect pillow is almost as important as choosing a mattress.

Experts recommend replacing pillows every 1 to 2 years to ensure they’re clean and supportive. If you find your favorite pillow is worn out, lumpy, or has lost support, it could be time to invest in a new pillow. It’s key to find a pillow that’s best suited for you, your shoulders, and your neck so you can receive the sufficient support you need. A lack of support or an incorrect head position could lead to misalignment of your spine over time. This can, in return, cause discomfort in your back, neck, and shoulders, as well as sleeplessness.

Here are a few guidelines to follow when selecting a new pillow:

Pillow Size

Most people find that a standard-size pillow is sufficient for their body, preferences, and bed. Standard pillows are the perfect size for queen, full, or twin-size beds. However, if you are someone who prefers a larger pillow, you could consider investing in a king-size pillow, ideal for those who sleep in a king-size bed or larger. While the size of your pillows can play a role in the overall look of your bed, the most important thing to consider is that your pillow keeps your shoulders, neck, and head aligned properly.

person sleeping on their back with a Tempur Cloud pillow

Sleep Position

The position that you sleep in also affects the type of pillow that you should purchase. If you sleep on your back, you should choose a pillow that is slightly flat to keep your neck properly aligned. If you sleep on your stomach, try to choose a pillow that is a bit softer. Finally, side sleepers often find that a slightly firmer pillow offers the most comfort and support. Choose a pillow that is as thick as the distance between your ear and the outside of your shoulder.

Pillow Fill

There are several different pillow fill options, each with different benefits depending on the individual's needs. One of the most popular types of pillow fill is down. Down pillows are soft and light, usually made of either duck or goose fibers.

Wool is also a common option. Wool pillows are hypo-allergenic and are fairly firm, often lasting for longer periods of time. Cotton pillows are similar to wool pillows in that they are also hypoallergenic and run on the firmer side. Both wool and cotton pillows are good for those who may have allergies or other sensitivities.

Memory Foam pillows are also extremely popular. These pillows adapt to your individual shape, responding to your movements throughout the night. Additionally, they equally distribute your weight throughout the surface of the pillow – if you experience neck or back pain, choosing a memory foam pillow is a great option for you.

There are as many different types of pillows as there are types of sleepers – let Sleep Outfitters help you find your perfect match.

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