Know the pillows best suited for you and identify according to your sleep style
Ever wondered what is inside the Pillows we use?
How do you decide which pillow to buy?
Here is a comprehensive guide to know your pillow.
Pinpoint your sleep position to know your pillow!
Each person sleeps in a different position depending on their comfort level. The pillow you should use varies according to your sleep position. Continue reading to find out more….
If you sleep on your back, the thickness and stiffness of your pillow matters. Using thick, stiff pillows can push a back sleeper’s head too far up causing neck or spine problems. Down Pillows, Foam Pillows and Micro-bead Pillows are best.
Plumper pillow fills up the space between your neck and your shoulder, keeping your spine perfectly aligned. Feather Pillows, Body Pillows, Latex and Memory Foam Pillows are best.
Tummy sleepers need a thinner, flatter cushion – Elevate your head too much and sleeping becomes like ‘holding cobra’ pose. Fibre, Wool & Cotton, Latex and Memory Foam Pillows are best.
Pillow types and your pillows preference?
Note: Have an alternate Pillow! Have more than one type of pillow so that you can change it according to how you feel that day.
A Foam pillow is made with ‘conventional’ foam and these pillows are known for their high level support.
Soft and supple, down pillows are known for luxury. The best down is European White Goose Down, with a fill power of 600 and up. These are not support pillows.
A microbead pillow offers “hard” support and is made with very small unexpanded EPS or memory foam beads. The outer fabric of the pillows is usually made of a soft and elastic material.
By weight a feather is as strong as titanium. Feathers are nature’s natural spring, providing a high level of support. The best feather pillow is the one that uses very small highly curled feathers.
Doctors advice people sleeping on their side to use a pillow between the knees. Many people love to hug a pillow at night. Body pillows are typically placed in between the legs for hip and lower back support. As they are lengthy, you can hug a body pillow too.
This is one of the more popular types of pillow that are now widely used. Unlike the traditional down filled and feather filled pillows, this one is able to provide a greater amount of support for both your head and your neck.
A Contour pillow reduces stiff neck, shoulder, back pain ensuring correct cervical alignment and good sleeping posture. This pillow helps relax your neck muscles giving you a sound sleep. Special curve design provides maximum neck support. Now, no more tossing and turning during the night. Works whether you’re on your side, back or stomach.
A Fibre pillow is made with polyester fiber fill. They are great for reading in bed or to help ease those with acid reflux. A fibre pillow is also great for elevating the legs and feet to help relieve the discomfort of varicose veins.
Memory foam is a comfort product. The product self-adjusts to body contours and reduces pressure on sensitive areas. A memory foam pillow is able to reduce tossing and turning. Today, memory foam comes in many shapes and types to include fast and slow recovery. Therefore, take your time and make sure you get a quality product.
Neck pillows are constructed with a baffle that supports the cervical spine. Traditional pillows do not support this area as they should, which is why many people with back problems need a neck pillow to support their spine. This pillow is specially constructed so that it supports the head and neck.
Use a ‘U’ shaped pillow if you are travelling sitting. A travel pillow is curved so that it fits snugly around the neck and supports the head in a sitting position. Using this pillow prevents the head from bending too far to one side and also supports the weight of the head.
Lower Back Pillow/ Lumbar Pillow
A lower back support pillow helps provide support for the inward curve in the lumbar spine. Sitting on a chair creates a natural gap between the lower spine and the chair back. A lumbar support pillow fills this natural gap. Hence, use this pillow if you are going to be sitting for long duration. To know more read our blog post Lumbar Support Pillows.
Seat Pillows come with either a depression or a hole in the center of the pillow so that one can sit with much less pressure in the coccyx region (the tailbone). People who have suffered a broken or bruised tailbone or have coccygeal pain (such as coccydynia) may need this type of pillow in order to sit without pain.
Finally, how often should I change my Pillows?
Note: The general rule is that you should replace your pillows every year.
Test the Fluffiness
Test the line of your spine
|Give it a big hug and see if it fluffs back up.||Put the pillow against the wall. Lean on the pillow in your sleeping position and check if your neck is in line with your spine.|
Check your pillow with the above tests once a year. In case, it fails even one of these tests, it is time to replace your old pillow with a new one.
Hopefully, you will be able to make a good choice with this guide to identify Your pillow. To read about the best mattress suited to your needs, click here.