How to Choose a Pillow
Picking the right pillow might help you relieve headaches and neck pain, improve your sleep, and allow you to wake up more refreshed every morning. 5-Minute Crafts prepared a guide for how to choose a pillow that is suitable for your needs.
Define your sleeping position.
The ideal pillow should keep your head, neck, and spine in “neutral alignment” and support the natural curvature of your spine. This means that your ears should be in line with your shoulders and your chin should be in line with your breastbone.
If you sleep on your side:
If you sleep on your back:
If you sleep on your stomach:
Pick your pillow’s filling.
Down pillows are made of down taken from the chest area of a goose, swan, or duck while the material for feather pillows is usually taken from the back of the bird and the wings.
✅ They have a longer lifespan, meaning that they will stay supportive and keep their height for longer than synthetic fillings.
✅ They are light and soft. These qualities make them perfect for snuggling.
✅ They are breathable.
✅ They can be molded to suit your neck.
⛔ They might cause allergic reactions in people who have allergies to down and feathers.
⛔ They can get flattened quickly and need regular fluffing to keep their shape.
⛔ They need professional cleaning.
⛔ Sometimes they can be expensive.
Microfiber pillows are made of polyester and nylon that are tightly woven together.
✅ They are easy to take care of since they can be washed at home.
✅ They are hypoallergenic.
✅ They are light.
✅ They are cheap enough that it makes them affordable for everyone.
⛔ They are not as breathable as other pillows.
⛔ They have the shortest lifespan among all pillow options.
Memory foam pillows are made of viscoelastic materials that respond to changes in the pressure put on them. This means that they return to their original state when they’re not being used.
✅ They offer strong and even support for your head and neck, conforming to your individual shape. This quality can help you relieve head and neck pain.
✅ They are hypoallergenic.
✅ They are easy to take care of.
✅ They are durable and have a long lifespan.
⛔ They tend to trap body heat, so it can be too hot to sleep on them during summer.
⛔ They can be too dense and firm for some people.
⛔ They can give off chemical smells, especially when they are brand-new.
Natural latex pillows are made of the sap of the rubber tree, while synthetic latex pillows are usually man-made.
✅ They are a bit firmer than feather pillows but still comfortable.
✅ They offer even support for your neck and head and hold their shape like memory foam pillows.
✅ They are breathable and help you keep a neutral temperature all night.
✅ They can’t cause allergic reactions since they are resistant to mold and dust mites.
✅ They are extremely durable and have the longest lifespan.
⛔ They are very expensive.
⛔ Synthetic latex pillows might have an unpleasant smell.
Wool and cotton pillows are made of natural and organic materials.
✅ They are hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites and mold.
✅ They are breathable and can help you regulate your temperature during the night, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
✅ They wick away moisture while you sleep.
✅ They have a long lifespan.
⛔ They quickly flatten and need to be reshaped regularly.
⛔ They are heavy and might be too flat and firm for some people.
⛔ They can be expensive.
Choose your pillow’s size and shape.
- A contour pillow has raised rounded edges that fit the empty space under your neck, providing extra support.