When it comes to bedding, there are limitless options for every aspect of your sleep. From your mattress to your sheets and comforter, the market is filled with varying materials, styles, sizes, and price ranges. And this is especially true when it comes to one of the most important components of your bed – your pillow.
Your pillow can have a lot to do with how well you sleep, as well as how well you feel when you wake up the next day. An older, shapeless pillow can promote neck or back pain, while a pillow that is too firm or hard can make it difficult to drift off to sleep to begin with.
Like virtually all aspects of your bedding, the perfect pillow for your rest is dependent on your sleeping style.
Ready to shop for a new surface to rest your head? First consider your options, as well as the pros and cons of the many different kinds of pillows that are readily available.
Memory foam was originally invented by NASA to protect astronauts on their flights back to earth. And today, memory foam is one of the most popular materials for bedding products of all varieties.
A memory foam pillow is great for people who are prone to neck and back pain, as it provides the optimal amount of support on these sensitive areas. However, people who tend to be “hot sleepers” may find memory pillows too warm, as they tend to absorb and distribute heat much more than other styles of pillows.
Down pillows are great for promoting sleep in restless individuals, as these types of pillows have a dreamy feel that allows you to rest on a soft, cozy surface.
However, because down is soft and lightweight, it’s not the most supportive pillow style, and it can cause pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders and back.
Great for budget-conscious sleepers, polyester is generally a reliable type of pillow that is lightweight, soft, and easy to wash. Polyester pillows are also comfortable for all styles of sleepers, as they are not too firm, (like memory foam), or too soft, (like down pillows).
Keep in mind, though, that polyester pillows can lose their shape quicker than other pillow styles, and may need to be replaced on a regular basis.
If you have sensitive allergies or prefer a cooler sleeping surface, then latex pillows may be a good option. Heavy and durable, latex pillows provide a firm sleeping surface that never gets too hot.
However, some folks find the inherent material and firmness of a latex pillow uncomfortable, so be sure to try before you buy.
Relatively new to the United States after making a splash in Asia, buckwheat hulls have a bean-bag like feel that provides ample support for the head and neck, regardless of how many times you change up your sleeping position.
Note that these pillows are best for sleepers who like a harder surface, and who can sleep through excess noise, as these pillows can make a rustling noise as you move through the night.
Regardless of which pillow you choose, be sure to replace your pillow regularly to ensure a solid sleeping surface. And always watch for other issues that can interfere with the quality of your sleep, like obstructive sleep apnea. With a little attention to your sleeping style, as well as the varying pillow options on the market, you’ll easily be able to find the perfect spot to lay your head.
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