What to Look For in a Good Pillow

What to Look For in a Good Pillow

What to Look For in a Good Pillow

Do you have the right pillow? If you’re waking up with headaches or neck, shoulder, or back pain, or you find yourself tossing and turning and having trouble getting comfortable on your current pillow, the answer is probably no. But how do you know what the “right pillow” is? How do you shop for a pillow? There are thousands of options out there, so here are a few things you can look for to get a great pillow for a great night’s sleep.

(1) Think About How You Sleep

Everyone has a different favorite sleep position, and whether you are a side, back, or stomach sleeper can make a big difference in what is the right pillow for you. A good pillow from 2 Brothers Mattressshould keep your head, neck, and spine in a neutral alignment, meaning one of those areas of your body is not kinked in a funny position relative to the others, and your head is not bending too far back or forward.
  • If you are a back sleeper, thinner pillows are often better because they don’t tilt your heat too far forward.
  • If you are a side sleeper, a firm pillow will keep an optimal distance between your ear and shoulder, allowing you to breathe easily and stay comfortable.
  • If you are a stomach sleeper, look for the thinnest pillow possible, or even forego a pillow for your head entirely. Because this position can be difficult on your lower back, consider placing a flat pillow under your stomach to avoid awkward positions that lead to low back pain.

(2) Think About the Stuffing

There are so many different pillow materials out there these days, including latex pillows, memory foam, feather or down, and plain old foam. For extra neck support, memory foam and latex have become very popular, but before you commit to these pillows it’s a good idea to give them a “trial run”. In fact, it’s a good idea to hang on to your old pillow so you can have a few different options available depending on how you feel on a particular night. Sometimes you may prefer more support, while other nights you might like to have a little more softness.

(3) Pillow Types

There are many different pillow options at The MattressDepartment, all designed for different types of support. It’s important to understand the difference before you buy so you can get the perfect pillow for your unique sleeping needs.
  • Cervical pillows are designed to support the neck with extra padding and cushioning near the bottom, although there is currently not a lot of evidence to support whether or not they really work.
  • Cool pillows are made of special material that is supposed to prevent hot flashes, night sweats, and generally overheating while sleeping. A cool body temperature can help facilitate restful sleep, so if you find yourself waking up sweaty in the night, this could be a good pillow for you.
  • Memory foam pillows are designed to provide extra cushioning and support for your head, avoiding pressure points by molding to the shape of your head throughout the night. 
  • Latex pillows have become popular because of their ability to resist dust mites, and their firmness, which can help by offering contoured back and neck alignment and support.
  • Positional pillows are usually used for other areas besides your head, such as your neck, back, or between your legs (for side sleepers). These can promote proper spinal alignment and help alleviate stress or pain while sleeping.
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