Today we are talking pillows. If you’re like me, I cannot get enough pillows! I have more than I could possibly sleep with on my bed and decorative pillows on every seat in the house. Although they make the house look cozy, I have just one pillow that I’ll rest my head on for a good night’s sleep. Did you know that 1/4 of your body is supported by your pillow? Finding the perfect pillow is just as important for your health as finding the right mattress. “Just like your bed should provide good support for your body, your pillow should give you the right cushioning to position your head and neck properly,” according to the Better Sleep Council. It should hold your head in the same relation to your shoulders and spine as if you were standing with correct upright posture.
When should I replace my pillow?
Most often your pillow should be replaced every year, although some pillows can wear faster than others and will depend on the quality. A simple test to determine if your pillow needs to be replaced is to fold your pillow in half, squeezing out the air. When you release your pillow it should spring back into its original shape and fullness. If it doesn’t, then it’s time for say goodbye!
Additionally, pillows can show signs of wear and tear over time. If you notice the following signs you should consider replacing your pillow.
- No longer feels the way you did when you first bought it
- Shows visible signs of dirt
- Feels lumpy and bumpy
What pillow is right for me?
Here are some guidelines that you can use on your next trip to our Better Sleep Gallery!
If you sleep on your side, you may want a fairly firm pillow to give your head and neck extra support.
If you sleep on your back, try a medium-firm pillows to cradle your head with more “give.”
If you sleep on your stomach, choose a soft pillow to lessen the strain on your neck.
Today we have access to a wide variety of pillows at many different price points. Shopping for the right pillow is an essential part of getting your best night’s sleep.
What types of pillows are out there?
There are many types of pillows to choose from and many generic styles that may not be so good for you. Be sure to talk with our sleep experts about the different types when you are shopping.
By weight a feather is as strong as titanium. Feathers are nature’s natural spring, providing a high level of support. The best feather pillows are the ones that use very small, highly curled feathers. You should never feel the quill through the cover.