What To Look For When Buying Pillows

Why Should I Care About Different Pillows?

Pillows are something that we come into contact with every single night of our lives; therefore we should probably put in some time and effort into the buying decision. Every pillow is going to work differently for every different person. When a suitable pillow is chosen, it can greatly enhance your sleeping experience and improve the quality of your rest.

Does My Sleeping Style Make A Difference To Pillow Choice?

Yes! A large part of choosing a pillow should be based on your style of sleeping. Pillows are there to keep your head in a “neutral alignment” meaning your head doesn’t bend too far back or too far forward.

  • Back Sleepers: Back sleepers normally need thinner pillows, so that their heads are not pushed too far forward. These pillows need to provide medium support to the head, neck and shoulders. This will provide support to the natural curvature of the upper spin preventing back problems.
  • Side Sleepers: Side sleepers need a firmer pillow to fill in the distance between the ear and outside shoulder. These pillows need to be able to cradle the neck, helping the body stay in a straight horizontal line. Poly cluster and natural filled pillows are normally recommended for side sleepers.
  • Stomach Sleepers: Look at buying a very thin pillow as well as putting a pillow under your stomach to avoid lower back pain. These pillows should also be soft so the head and neck aren’t in an awkward or unnatural position.

What Size Pillow Should I Be Looking For?

  • Standard Pillows:  This is the most basic sleeping pillow that will provide support for your neck and shoulders. This is normally ideal for any sleeping style depending on the type of filling that is used.
  • Queen Pillows: These pillows are much the same as standard pillows except they are a little bit bigger and meant for queen sized beds.
  • King Pillows: These are extra long pillows and are great for head and neck support.
  • European Pillows: These can be used for support but are mainly used as decorative pillows, positioned against the headboard.
  • Body Pillows: These fit into a body pillowcase. These body-length pillows fit the shape of your entire body, being perfect for side sleepers as well as pregnant women.

You must also realize that just because a pillow is expensive, doesn’t mean that it’s going to suite your needs automatically. The feel is most important, and you’ll find that most of the time you won’t need to break the bank to find a good quality pillow.

Justin wrote this article after doing research for pillows