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How to Shop for the Perfect Pillow

Posted on 30 August 2021
How to Shop for the Perfect Pillow

A good pillow can be just as important as a good mattress in ensuring a restful night’s sleep. There are few other products that you spend as much time with as the pillow. The right pillow can help prevent neck pain, upper back pain and headaches. Investing in a pillow made with quality materials will not only give you a longer lasting comfort, but will also eliminate allergy symptoms caused from synthetic materials. 

Are you waking up with a sore or stiff neck?  Do you wake up with allergy symptoms, runny nose, red and itchy eyes?  Then you may need a different pillow.

Like mattresses, when shopping for pillows, think about how you sleep.

Side sleepers will need to consider the firmness of their mattress. If the mattress surface is soft, the shoulder will sink in slightly, meaning the pillow should not be very high. If the mattress is firm, then the shoulder will not sink, therefore the pillow should be higher. We usually recommend a 90 degree angle from ear to shoulder which will depend on shoulder to ear ratio, so keep in mind that what may work for someone else, may not work for you. Many side sleepers will incorporate a King size or Body size pillow between their knees and shoulders. The support can relieve pressure and also provide additional support for the back and spine.

If a person sleeps on their back, they will need a pillow that supports the neck, while hugging the back of the head. You will want a low pillow that will keep your neck aligned, without arching your head forward. We usually say “If you can see your toes when laying on your back, the pillow is too high”. 

Stomach sleepers, although not ideal for spinal alignment, will need a very flat pillow or no pillow at all. To avoid accentuating the natural curve in the lower back, the surface should be relatively firm, and the head should lay flat. Some people will use a pillow under their pelvis to help alleviate the pressure. Many people use pillows to sleep train into a different position, for example, using a body pillow can have the same illusion as being on your stomach or using a contoured pillow can keep you on your back. 

Pillows are meant to keep the head aligned with the neck and spine. If your neck and shoulders aren’t aligned, or are positioned at an angle that causes crunching and twisting, this can lead to back strain and sleeplessness. As with mattresses, the ideal pillow doesn’t just feel comfortable but also provides proper spinal support and alignment for uninterrupted sleep. A relaxed sleeping posture encourages easy breathing, better blood circulation, and waking up fresh and rejuvenated

All Sunshine pillows include a zipper design, so whether you choose the latex or wool, you’ll be able to adjust the height to your exact preference. The wool is a firmer style pillow, which is great for your neck and shoulders. However, if you're a stomach/back sleeper, you will want to make sure the pillow has been adjusted to a lower loft. Shredded latex is best for combination sleepers, as it's easier to manipulate the shape of the pillow depending on the sleeping position. Both pillows are naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to mould and dust mites, making them suitable for allergy sufferers. 

Choosing the right pillow is an individual process, you may want to come in to our showroom and give them a try!

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