Choosing the best pillow for you
The pillow market is booming, with market research company TechNavio predicting the industry to grow by nearly $US12 billion between 2020 and 2025.
For the consumer, this provides plenty of pillow options, each with their own pros and cons. According to bedding experts Snooze, there are a few aspects to consider when choosing the best pillow for you.
This is how tall you’d like the pillow to be and is closely related to your sleeping style – that is, whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach.
For instance, a high pillow might cause someone who sleeps on their stomach to uncomfortably arch their neck. But the same pillow might be perfect for someone who sleeps on their side.
Everyone is different, but Snooze recommends low pillows for stomach sleepers, medium pillows for back sleepers, and high pillows for side sleepers.
Once you’ve decided on the right height, it’s time to think about pillow density. Essentially, how soft or hard do you want your pillow?
High-density pillows are firm and are often favoured by side or back sleepers. They can also provide support for your neck and back if that’s a concern.
Stomach sleepers, however, might crave the fluffiness of a low-density pillow where they can sink right down into the material.
Gone are the days of the standard rectangular pillow, with consumers now also able to choose from curved (good for side and back sleepers) and wave-like contour pillows (which can help with neck and back pain for some people).
Star-shaped pillows are also increasingly available, which can be useful in supporting people who sleep on their stomachs.
Finally, what do you want your pillow to be filled or stuffed with? The pillow fill can affect the height and density, but there are other reasons you might opt for one type of fill over others.
Memory foam is a popular for choice its ability to contour to most sleep positions, provide neck support and for having several firmness levels. You can also get memory foam pillows with gel that keeps you cool while sleeping.
Latex pillows also provide some support and are great for keeping you cool on hot nights. Latex is also dust mite resistant.
Polyester is affordable and easily cleaned (you can usually throw the entire pillow in a washing machine) but can flatten over time.
Feather and down has been around for centuries as a luxurious pillow option but can be susceptible to moisture and go lumpy.
No matter what type of pillow you decide to go with, it should be comfortable and help provide you a good night’s sleep.
If you continue to experience sleeplessness or aches, speak to your doctor.