Does my choice of pillow really matter?
All pillows are the same, right? Wrong. The type of pillow you choose can have a significant impact on how much sleep you get and not to mention any aches and pains you might wake up with.
As with many things these days, there are so many different pillows on the market that the choice can often be overwhelming. The key is therefore to establish exactly what you need and make your decisions based on the criteria you have set yourself.
These are often considered the most comfortable type of pillow, due to their soft filling that easily moulds to the shape of your head. They are perfect if you like to sleep on your front, but may not offer the support you need if you tend to rest on your back. One of the negatives of down pillows is that they could cause problems if you have allergies, which is worth bearing in mind.
If you are a little sensitive, then synthetic-filled pillows could be a better option. Unlike down, they are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction, yet in the most part do the same job. They might not be quite as soft as down, but they can still offer support and mould to the shape of your head during the night.
Memory foam pillows
One of the greatest innovations of the past few decades has been memory foam, which has in many ways revolutionised the way we sleep. Not only are they firm enough to keep your head and neck supported, but they offer comfort no matter which position you decide to sleep in. Moreover, they help to relax the muscles, meaning you'll be less likely to wake up in the morning with neck and shoulder pain. If this isn't enough, memory foam can aid the regulation of body temperature.
Posted by Michael Ewing