How to Choose What Pillow Is Right for You

If you’re getting the right amount of sleep, you should be spending about a third of your total day–and by extension, a third of your life–in bed. That’s why it’s so important that you’re comfortable when you’re trying to catch your Z’s. While having a good mattress and comfortable sheets is important, so is having the right pillow. Choosing the proper pillow for you can be a surprisingly difficult decision, so here are some tips if you happen to be in the market.

Analyze Your Sleeping Patterns

Before putting any money down on a new pillow, it’s worth taking a look at how you tend to sleep. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, the way you sleep changes the angle that your head lies on the pillow, putting a differing amount of strain on your neck. It’s generally advised that if you’re a back or stomach sleeper, you choose a thinner pillow that properly cradles your neck. If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll probably want to choose a firmer, thicker pillow that comes up high enough to meet your ear.

Consider the Materials

Just as there are tons of different materials that can go into the makeup of a mattress, there are plenty of materials that can go into a pillow, too. Actually, there might even be more. Latex, memory foam, down feathers, wool, cotton – how do you choose? The key to all these different materials is their firmness, but the bad news is that you can’t really tell what’s the best fit for you until you try it for yourself. Obviously, you’ll also want to make a note if you have any allergies or sensitivities to the materials that go into your pillow.

Demo Your Pillow in Person

While there’s nothing stopping you from ordering your pillow from an online store, a good product description is only going to help you so much. After all, who can say what’s firm and what’s soft when everybody’s tastes are different? Because of this, it’s probably a good idea to pick your pillow out in person. If this isn’t possible, do your best to compare online reviews and do your research before ordering a pillow from the internet. When you receive it, try testing it out while it’s still in its original packaging so you can return it if it doesn’t live up to your expectations.

Don’t Limit Yourself to One Pillow

Contrary to what you might think, one pillow doesn’t necessarily rule them all. Your nighttime needs not only change over time, but can differ from night to night. For instance, one night, you might be in need of more neck support, while another night, you might feel like sleeping on your side. It’’s perfectly fine to have more than one pillow in your repertoire, and in fact, it’s usually nice to have options.

You might not have ever thought much about what pillow suits you best. To you, a pillow might just be a pillow. However, picking out the best pillow will make your night that much better, and in effect, improve the rest of your waking day. The perfect pillow isn’t just an investment in your night’s sleep, but in your overall health as well.

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