How to choose a pillow?

Matching up with the perfect pillow is like matching up with the right partner: there are several criteria to be considered and there is no single answer to everyone’s quest! Well…not quite the same, but you get the idea!

We spend around 1/3 of our lives sleeping, and the quality of our awake hours depend on the quality of our sleep. Needless to say, having the right pillow is essential to a great night sleep.

So how should you know if a pillow is the one?

First, you need to think of your preferred sleeping position. Are you a 1) Back Sleeper, a 2) Side Sleeper, or a 3) Stomach Sleeper? Answering this question you can figure out your perfect pillow Thickness and Firmness! Choosing the right thickness and firmness will help you keep your spine in a neutral position, so your neck or back would not hurt in the morning!

Pillow Thickness

A pillow’s thickness should be the right one for your sleeping position. A too thick pillow will lift up your head too high and may cause a neck pain next morning. A thin pillow can also be causing neck pain as it cannot lift your head enough. Both cases can cause spine curvature.

Back Sleeper

A Back Sleeper should have a pillow the thickness difference between the small of their neck and the back of their head. This will allow the natural curvature of the spine, which is key for sleep support.

Side Sleeper

A Side Sleeper should have a pillow the thickness of the distance between their ear and the outside of their shoulder. This will preserve the spine curvature.

Stomach Sleeper

A Stomach Sleeper requires a thinner pillow so as to not lift the head too high to maintain the spine structure.

Pillow Firmness

Just like pillow thickness, its firmness should be proper for your sleeping position so it can help you maintain your spine’s natural curvature.

Back Sleeper

A Back Sleeper with the correct thickness should have a medium support pillow. This can be almost any material depending on the composition of the pillow.

Side Sleeper

A Side Sleeper requires the firmest support, however, if the pillow is too thick your head will be held up higher than the curvature of your spine, and that causes shoulder and neck pain.

Stomach Sleeper

A Stomach Sleeper requires a softer pillow that does not turn the head unnaturally to either side.

Pillow Fill Types and Covers

There are pillows with various fills and covers in the market. From the low-price synthetic polyester filling to all natural latex and all in between, there is an answer to anyone’s wants, needs and budget. And the same goes for pillow covers, cotton, polyester stretch, tensile, bamboo and more.

How to take care of your pillow?

Everyone loves a peaceful night sleep after a long busy day. A good night sleep refreshes the body and is essential to our health. It might come to your surprise that your beloved pillow can harbor thousands of dust mites. Studies show that an average bed has about 1.5 million dust mites around it! Small beasts who feed on your dead skin sheds and cause allergy.

So, obviously taking care of your bed and keeping it clean is of great importance to your health. In this video, I’m going to share tips on how to take care of your pillow so it wouldn’t be the favorite house for the dust mites AND it would last longer.

1.    Keep your pillow clean

An average person sweats out half a pint each night! To make it worse, you should know we shed nearly 8 lbs of skin every year! So obviously, when we sleep during the night, a lot of sweat and skin shed are deposited into our mattress and pillow. So it’s necessary to keep your pillow clean. Experts recommend washing pillows at least twice a year. However, note that each pillow may need specific washing method to keep its quality. Do your research to make sure you know the best way to wash your pillow and remember, drying your pillow thoroughly before using it is important to prevent mold and mildew. Note that it is not recommended to wash foam pillows. And finally, if you want to get rid of the dust mites, freeze your pillow!

2.    Use pillow protectors

Pillow protectors are specifically designed to be placed between your pillow and your pillow case. They prevent or minimize dust mites getting into your pillows. Also, they reduce the amount of sweat, skin sheds and dust getting into to the pillow. Your pillow will last longer if it’s protected. But remember, even with using a pillow protector, a pillow will need a frequent wash. And don’t forget to wash your pillow protector when you wash your bed linens.

3.    Do not eat in your bed

Although breakfast in the bed is lovely, it is not recommended for keeping your mattress and pillow clean. Small food particles and bread crumbs falling on the mattress or pillow can be tasty food for the dust mites and although you clean after, some tiny bits may stay out of sight.