Your pillow is a vital part of getting a good night sleep and it is very important that you choose one that is right for you. A good pillow should be able to support your head and spine correctly. In order to get more comfort and better sleep, choose a good pillow.
Your sleeping position determines the firmness of the pillow that you require. A side sleeper, for example, will require a pillow that is more firm to support the head while a back sleeper will require a flatter and softer pillow.
A person who sleeps on his or her stomach should go for a soft pillow which is softer than back sleepers.
Size is purely a matter of preference. For size, you can either choose a standard, king or queen sized pillow. Standard is usually the best for a sleeping pillow. King or queen sized pillow are usually too long. Other people like a body length pillow.
Ticking is the cloth covering for your pillow. It is important as it blocks dust, mites and dead skin from getting into your pillow. It also blocks the filling from coming out.
If you are shopping for a down pillow, choose one which has a thread count of at least 250 thread count. Higher is better if you can find it. For any other fillings, a 200 thread count will be adequate.
The pillow filling will determine how long the pillow will last, how comfortable it will be and the quality of the air you breathe. Some of the filling choices available in the market include:
-Cotton- it is allergy-resistant but over time will clump up.
-Down or down blend- provides luxurious comfort, is durable and flexible enough to adjust to your needs. However, allergy sufferers will have to pay more in order to get a down pillow ideal for them.
-Feather pillows- This type of pillow combine down and coarser feathers. Those suffering from allergies should be very careful with feather pillows. Feather pillows can also poke through the ticking and scratch your face.
-Polyester- Regular grade polyester is fairly common but can compact and clump. It is very similar to cotton.
-Siliconized polyester- It is very similar to down and resists compacting.
-Latex foam rubber- It is usually designed to give good support and retains its shape well. However, the rubber will eventually deteriorate.
-Buckwheat pillows- This type of pillow is supportive, moldable and fit the contours of your body. The pillow height is also adjustable. However, this type of pillow can be quite heavy and a bit noisy as husks rustle as you move and the pillow can also be more expensive.
-Water pillows- Provides customizable support, height, and firmness and shapes itself to contours. However, the water can make them heavy and noisy at times if there is an air pocket and is not will require adjustment until you find the right water fill level.
-Micro bead pillows-Offers good support, effectively relieves neck and shoulder pain, moldable, conforming, light and airy. However, it can have a chemical smell when it is still new and the cylindrical shape can be uncomfortable for some people.
-Memory foam pillows- soft and smooth without any lumps, durable and easy to maintain. However, the foam is expensive to make making this type of pillow relatively expensive.