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A Good Pillow is as Important as a Good Mattress

August 26, 2013


Did you know that no matter how good your bed might be, it is also important to have a quality pillow if you are to get the most out of a good nights sleep? In fact, a good pillow plays just as an important role as the mattress in keeping your head and neck in alignment with your spine when sleeping. 

So what do you need to know about pillows?

Well, the first thing you need to know about what makes up a good pillow is how to replace your old one. Firstly you need to ask yourself when ask did you replace your pillow? If you cannot remember, then it is a sure sign that you need a new one. However, you can also do the “old pillow test” to check if you are in need of a new pillow. To do this you will need a single shoe and of course the pillow you would like to test. You then need to:

  • Place the pillow you want to test on a flat surface.
  • Fold the pillow in half 
  • Place the shoe on top of the folded pillow

The Result! If after you place the shoe on your folded pillow and your pillow remains in half, you need a new pillow. Once you’ve established that you’ll need to contact one of our Bed King Branches in Cape Town or Johannesburg and make an appointment to come in and we will introduce you to our pillow range. . 

The second thing you need to know about what makes up a good pillow is what to look for in a pillow. To do this you need to establish what your favourite sleeping position is. Once you have done this, you’ll need to decide on which type of pillow best suits your sleeping needs. The general “rule of thumb” for pillows is as follows:

  • A pillow that is soft but slightly full best supports back sleepers because it will allow your head to sink a bit into the pillow without propping your neck up too high.  
  • A full pillow is most beneficial for side sleepers because you’ll need a pillow that supports the gap between your head and shoulders that is created from sleeping on your side.
  • Soft, flat pillows are good for stomach sleepers. 

Looking for memory foam pillows to that reduces snoring? Then simply ask one of our Bed King store staff to assist you. We stock a range of normal and health pillows to help you get the best nights sleep possible. 


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