Soft or firm, thick or thin, down alternative or down?
When it comes to selecting the right pillow, there really is no one pillow-size, shape, or material that is best for everyone. A pillow that is right for you should support your head and neck throughout the night in a neutral position aligned with the rest of your spine, allowing you wake up refreshed.
The best way to find your pillow is to make your own criteria, using the elements below as a guide, and then combine these with your taste and bedroom decor.
Down pillow is filled with down and feathers. A pillow is defined as a down pillow only when it contains at least 30% down. Down pillows have unparalleled advantage in softness, breathability and lightweight and they are natural products which are easy to shape and longer lasting. If you’re looking for a soft place to rest your head at night or something that you can sink into, a down pillow will be a great option.
Like down pillows, feather pillows are blend of down and feathers. The difference is that feather pillow are filled with less down (lower than 30%) and more feathers (at least 70%). Feather pillows are heavier and firmer than down pillows, in generally. Compared with a down pillow, a feather pillow provides more support to your neck and head, and it is more preferred among back and side sleepers.
Down alternative fill pilloware generally among the most affordable. They are easy to care for and friendly to those with allergies. Down alternative pillows are designed to mimic the real down, offering similar softness and comfort. It is a great option if you are on a tight budget.
Memory Foam Pillow is outstanding because of its ability to conform the shape of your head and neck but still support them appropriately. The foam reshape itself according to the pressure and heat applied to it, that is where memory foam pillows do better than other regular pillows. Memory foam pillows are recommended to sleepers who suffer from headaches, neck or back pain.
When purchasing a pillow, your preferred sleep posture should influence your selection. The softness or firmness of the pillow really matters if you want your pillow adequately support your head and align with your spine.
For combination sleepers,a medium firm pillow is considered to be a standard choice. That's because it doesn’t offer too much or too little support for the majority of sleeping positions.
For back sleepers, a medium firm pillow is also recommended because back sleepers need lower support level, compared with side sleepers. The best pillow for back sleepers should properly fill the space between yourself and the mattress.
Filling for medium firm pillows
For side sleepers, a pillow with high support level (thicker) will be a great option. That's because your pillow needs to be thick and firm enough to fill the space between your head and the mattress when you sleep on your side, and to keep your spine straight at night. Side sleepers will be most comfortable on a firm or extra-firm pillow.
Filling for firm or extra-firm pillows
For Stomach sleepers,they need thinner and softer pillow than side and back sleepers. If you sleep on your stomach with a pillow that’s too thick, your spine will bend at an angle which is more likely to cause pains and numbness. A down pillow will be an ideal choice for stomach sleepers because it is softer and easier to shape than memory foam pillows or other regular pillows. And most importantly, its breathability really matters when your face sinks into it.
Filling for soft down pillows
Pillow covers help to extend the life of the pillow, protecting it against sweat and dust. Three most common fabrics are 100% cotton, Cotton & Polyester combination and Ice Silk – Cool Texture.
100% cotton fabric is breathable and easy to maintain, and for 100% cotton fabric, pilling is never a problem. Compared with 100% cotton, cotton & polyester combination is cheaper, but both of them provide enough comfort. Ice silk fabric is perfect for summer. A pillow with special design cool-down ice silk cover can help feel comfortable during hot summer.
The simplest way to choose the right size pillow is to match your pillow size to your bed size (Twin, Full, Queen, King)
In fact, however, selecting the right size pillow is really up to your preferences. For sleepers who like the compactness, a shorter and smaller pillow (Standard size or Standard Queen size) will be a good choice, even though you have a king size bed. A queen or king pillow is recommended if you toss and turn at night because it provides enough room for your head.
There are many factors to consider when selecting the right pillow for yourself. The factors above is a great starting point when choosing a comfortable pillow that suits you. Don't ignore your pillow because it is one of the most important factors that affect your sleep quality!
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