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How to Choose the Right Pillow for You

June 26, 2017


Choosing the correct pillow for the best night’s sleep

One of the greatest feelings is waking up in the morning and feeling like you have slept like an Egyptian Pharaoh – rather than a baby who wakes up every hour crying. But the flip side of that is waking up feeling sore, stiff and totally exhausted. For many people, this is a reality. There is a myriad of easily identifiable reasons for this – stress, physical ailments, an old bed, a bed that is the incorrect comfort level, being too cold or too hot. But did you know that your pillow can also have a HUGE impact on your quality of sleep?

Most of us don’t really give the pillow we sleep on too much thought, but we should. Pillow technology has come on in leaps and bounds over the years, a far cry from the bog standard down or feather pillows of yesteryear.

In many cases where bad sleep is an ongoing issue, something as simple as the correct pillow can make the world of difference. But with so much choice, how do you choose the right pillow for your specific needs?

Here are a few things to consider:

Sleeping Position – Your natural sleeping position plays a huge part in what kind of pillow you should be sleeping on.

  • Stomach Sleeper: For the most part people who sleep on their tummies don’t use pillows. If you are a tummy sleeper and want a pillow, the best option is something that is reasonably flat and soft as it will allow your neck to be more in line with your spine. It is important to note that most chiropractors don’t recommend sleeping on your stomach as it does put a lot of strain on your neck.
  • Side Sleeper: Sleeping on your side requires a lot of support from your pillow. Something that is firmer and thicker and holds your neck in alignment with the rest of your body.
  • Back Sleeper: If prefer sleeping on your back, you should opt for a reasonably firm pillow and one that is not too thick. A pillow that is too thick will tilt your head too far forward, compromising your airway which, if you aren’t already, is guaranteed to make you a world champion snorer.

Pillow Filler – Now that you know how you sleep and what the best pillow for your position is, it’s time to choose the best filling or material for your pillow. And there are plenty of choices...

  • Down pillows are made from the down feathers of either ducks or geese. These are natural fibre pillows and so are breathable and long lasting. They are easily malleable too. Available in a range of fillings, they are suitable for back, side or tummy sleepers – you just need to choose one with the right amount of filling for your preferred position.
  • Fibre pillows are an alternative to down pillows but are hypoallergenic. They are available in a range of soft, medium or firm, brand depending.
  • Memory foam pillows offer a personalised sleep experience where your pillow moulds itself to the shape of your head and neck. Ideal for back and side sleepers, a memory foam pillow provides excellent support, is long lasting and hypoallergenic.
  • Latex pillows offer great pressure relief for those suffering from neck or shoulder problems. Like a memory foam pillow, it shapes to your body’s natural contours. These pillows are mold resistant and are hypoallergenic.

You are now equipped with the information about what kind of pillow might best suit your specific needs but it is essential to test them out. After all, all of us have totally unique and specific requirements, so there is not a blanket solution or one size fits all. Visit your nearest Bed King branch, and chat to one of our sleep specialists to find the perfect fit pillow for you.


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