All You Need to Know About Buying the Right Pillow

Do you struggle to buy the right pillow for yourself? Are you sure that the pillow you are using is the right fit for you? Are you clueless about when to replace your existing pillows?

Congrats! You have landed at the right place!

Today, in this article, you will know everything about buying the pillow that’s right for you. You will also get to learn about the factors of selecting & purchasing the right pillow. So, let’s get started!

First, let me know the essential factors to consider while picking the right-fit pillow.

 

Importance of Picking the Right Pillow

Importance of Picking the Right Pillow

Pillows are the support system for your neck and head while lying in the sleep position. Lying down on a relaxing pillow after a hard, tiring day releases pressure all over your entire body.

  • Select the pillow which helps in aligning your relaxed body composure. Pillows must help in keeping your head, neck, and shoulders in a neutral & relaxing alignment.
  • Pick the pillow which supports the natural bend of your spinal cord. The position & support provided by the right pillow must help in easing your neck pain.

Now, let’s discuss what critical warning signs you must consider replacing the existing pillows & buying the new ones.

 

When Should You Replace Your Existing Pillow?

If you feel that your pillow is turning lumpy or its fill material is uneven throughout, it is time to replace it. Suppose you have already used your existing pillows for 5-6 years or beyond; it’s their time to dispose of. As a general rule, you should replace your pillows after 18 months.

 

Quick Tricks for Checking Your Existing Pillow

You can do a quick test for checking the health of your present pillows. Fold them in half and place a book on them. If the pillow doesn’t come back to its original position, then it’s time for its replacement.

You can also do a smell & sight test. Remove the pillow covers. If you can see the stains of sweat or feel the same smell, it’s time to buy the new one!

The first step in selecting the right pillow for you is to know about your sleeping position. For maximum comfort & ease, the primary role of a pillow is to align the neutral positioning of your back with your head & shoulder while sleeping.

 

Check Your Sleeping Posture

Check Your Sleeping Posture

Side sleepers

If you usually sleep on one of your sides, you require a firm pillow. Side sleepers need a thick fill pillow with a high loft (height) for supporting the neck & head. This way, a firm & broad pillow support relaxes the pressure in your shoulder.

 

Back sleepers

If you usually sleep on your back, you need a medium thickness (medium loft) pillow. Back sleepers require medium pillow firmness. If a pillow is too firm, you tend to feel your head positioning above the rest of the body. If a pillow is too soft, the neck & head sink in deep to disturb the comfortable body posture. Back sleepers with neck pain problems look for more comfortable & softer pillows.

 

Stomach sleepers

If you usually sleep on your stomach, then a thin filler soft pillow is best. Stomach sleepers require soft support pillows so that the neck is in a neutral position. Experts suggest that if you are a stomach sleeper, keeping a pillow pad under your stomach & pelvis keeps you away from back pain. Even no pillow is also a good option for you!

 

Combination

But if you are a combination sleeper or someone who changes position throughout the night, full support plush pillows will be more helpful.

Also, you can consider & check for the firmness of pillows while buying.

 

Consider Pillow Firmness

  • For side-sleepers with the problem of neck pain, do consider a very firm pillow for usage. These very firm pillows are made ultra-dense. These pillows can hold the shape with little give-in.
  • Firm hold pillows are most apt for side sleepers. These pillows’ firmness is a mix of soft & very firm hold. Memory foam & polyester pillows are examples of firm pillow types.
  • Soft-firmness pillows are fluffy, breathable, all-in cotton or polyester material. Suitable for back and stomach sleepers.
  • Medium firmness pillows are less fluffy & require mid-range support. These pillows are apt for back & stomach sleepers.

Now once you know your sleeping position, you must know about the types of pillow fills available.

 

Know About Your Suitable Pillow Fill

For picking the right pillow for yourself, you need to know the characteristics of the different pillow fills available in the market.

Natural Pillow Fills

Fills that are made up of natural products are called natural fills.

1.Wool

Wool pillow fills are natural & hypo-allergic fills. These wool fills regulate your body temperature while sleeping, make you feel warmer in winters & cooler in summers. These wool fills are resistant to dust mites.

2.Cotton

Cotton fills are similar to wool fills. These cotton fills are usually in a flat & firm state. These are good options for people having allergies & other sensitivities. These fills are cool in stature & easy to care for. These cotton fill pillows need replacement more often than other synthetic fills.

3.Buckwheat

Buckwheat pillows are made with a stuffing of buckwheat husk (smaller grain seeds). These are hypo-allergic fills. Preferable to use these pillows on a firmer surface. These pillows keep you cool due to their natural content present inside. These pillows also act as pacifying pillows for newborn babies.

4.Feathers

Down Pillows are the fluffiest, cost-effective, comfortable & lightweight pillows. These are made from goose (or duck) fibers. Some people are prone to allergic reactions to the feathers; you can choose hypo-allergic down pillows.

5.Latex

Latex fills are fluffy & sturdy on similar lines of memory foam. Their pillows retain their original position quickly. Latex fills make the pillow cushioning heavier. These are firmer as compared to down pillows. As its main content is latex (thick liquid produced by trees), they are considered vegan. Latex pillows are also best for seasonal & dust allergies.

 

Synthetic Pillow Fills

Fill material that is manufactured from chemicals or in factories is called synthetic fill.

1.Memory Foam

Memory Foam pillow fills are moldable & sturdy. Initially, these pillows were made for NASA space travel. Now, the memory foam pillows are in one of the most sought-after categories. These pillows are heavier & accommodate your body shape. These memory foam pillows help relieve the pressure points of the shoulders, head, neck & back.

 

2.Synthetic & Polyester

Synthetic & Polyester fill pillows are plush. Their cost is lesser than the natural fill pillows. These fills can hold the position longer than cotton pillows. Over time, these pillows become less supportive & need replacement.

Mattresses also play an essential role while shopping for pillows.

 

You Should Also Give Attention to Mattress!

  • If you have a firm mattress in bed, do buy a softer pillow. The reason being a soft pillow can adapt to the pressure of your head weight while sleeping on a firm mattress.
  • If you have a soft mattress, do buy a firmer pillow for sleeping. A firm pillow can align your neck & head in a neutral position with the rest of your body.

Your primary focus is to maintain a good sleeping posture in bed. Therefore, alignment of your neck & head with the rest of your body for neutral positioning is vital for buying the correct pillow.

After the pillow fills, you can also consider your bed sizes for selecting the right-fit pillow.

 

Keep Your Bed Sizes in Mind

The size of the bed also matters in selecting the pillow. King size, queen size & standard size beds require different suitable pillow sizes.

Pillow of size 20 inches * 26 inches for standard size bed, 20 inches * 28 inches pillow for queen size bed, and 20 inches * 36 inches pillow for king size is suitable. In general, an 18 inches by 27 inches pillow is suitable in India.

You can also learn about the variety of pillows available, especially for different purposes. Let me go through some of the special pillow pads available in the market.

 

Some Special Pillows Are Also Available

Pregnancy Pillows

Pregnancy Pillows

Pregnancy Pillows are for pregnant ladies, especially beneficial for side sleepers. These pillows are U-shaped, encircling the whole body. These pillows ensure body alignment with the neck, head & relieve pregnant women from other discomforts while sleeping.

 

Reading pillows

Reading pillows are more like the shape of a chair. These pillows support the back while you are busy reading books in bed. These pillows help in sitting upright.

 

Leg Support Pillows

Leg Support Pillows

Leg support pillows are cylindrical wedge-shaped. These pillows are placed at the knee bends. These leg support pillows help in relieving knee muscles & back pains.

 

Contour Pillows

Contour pillows are pre-shaped pillows that hold the head & curvature of the neck together. These are mostly made of memory foam fills. Position holding capacity of contour pillows is more than traditional pillows.

 

Wedge Pillows

Wedge Pillows are for comfortable sleep posture with a little upright support. These are also made of memory foam fills as contour pillows. These pillows are mainly helpful for people suffering from sinus, acid refluxes & neck pain problems.

 

Cervical Pillows & Musical Neck Pillows

Cervical pillows & musical neck pillows are specially designed for senior citizens. Cervical pillows are usually a slight bulging in neck position & sloping towards the end of the head. These pillows help reduce cervical pains & back pains. Musical neck pillows are helpful while traveling. It’s U-shaped, and you can listen to the music with an MP3 connector.

Other than the above factors, there are other small but crucial things to consider before buying the right pillows.

 

Other Small Things to Consider While Going to Shop for Pillows

  • Check for customer reviews on the internet before going shopping. Do check for trial offers, guarantee periods & warranty while buying pillows.
  • Money should not be a criterion for the selection. Expensive or cheap, nothing can guarantee your comfort. Pillows are for your support & ease. So, invest wisely.
  • Make sure to buy & use simple pillow covers for usage. Decorative pillow covers are suitable for the aesthetic look of your bed. Before sleeping, do remove those decorative covers. Else, these decorative covers may interfere with your sound sleep.
  • You can go for customized & adjustable pillow fills. As per your body comfort, you may remove the required fill material from the pillow pad or add the internal fillings.
  • If you are a hot sleeper, who loves to sleep on the cool side of the pillow all night long, you can look for cooling pillows. There are pillows in the market that feature a cooling gel pad on one side of the pillow & provide you with a cooling effect throughout the night.
  • Some pillows are available on the market for moisture-wicking properties. These pillows vents sweat through capillary action. Especially for night sweating or period cramping, the best fabrics to aim for are naturally absorbent. Bamboo & polyester pillows are some examples.

 

How to Take Care of Pillows?

To extend the life of pillows, do use pillow protectors & covers for protection. Wash them every 4 to 6 months. Cover the pillows with traditional pillow covers & wash these covers for a cleaner look. Traditional covers are the simple covers of cloth material.

Do check for label instructions (hand wash/machine wash/dry clean). If the pillows are not machine-washed, make sure to dry-clean them to save them from sweat stains, etc.

 

Final Thoughts

In the end, I want to say that there is a pool of pillows available in the market. Now, you can select the right fit as per your sleeping type & body comfort. Also, you know there are many other small but essential factors too before deciding your right pillow buddy!

Pillows are important sleeping elements. These are your partners for peaceful & restful nights. So, know everything before buying your sleep buddy.

The most crucial role of your pillow is providing you a comfortable sleeping position. Therefore, don’t ignore your comfort buddy, PILLOW

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