Firstly, how do you check if you need a new pillow?
Pillows typically have a short life span as they are easily flattened. You should always look to replace your pillows when they feel flat or lumpy, as they won’t be able to offer you the right amount of support. Likewise, if you wake up wheezy or with a runny nose, there could be dust mites lurking in your pillows. If you’re unsure whether you need to buy new ones, one really easy test is to fold them in half. If they bounce back to their original shape, then this is essentially your green light to still use. However, if the pillows remain in their folded position, this is a key sign that they need to go.
Before you buy, figure out your sleeping style
The way you sleep is a big factor to consider when it comes to finding the perfect pillow. It’s important to find a pillow that suits your most natural sleeping style for maximum support. The right pillow should conform to your natural contours, holding your head in the correct alignment whilst you sleep.
Front sleepers fall asleep on their stomach, often hugging onto their pillow or with their arms out to the side.
Softer pillows are generally a good choice if you sleep on your front. This is because sleeping on your stomach can push your head upwards into an uncomfortable position. A low-profile pillow will keep your spine in a neutral position.
Also known as the soldier position, back sleepers tend to lie flat on their backs with their arms by their sides.
If you sleep on your back, you should look out for a soft/medium support pillow to keep the natural curve of your neck and spine.
Side sleepers lie with their backs arched to one side and often fall asleep in a foetal-like position.
If you sleep on your side, a firm pillow is ideal. This will provide height and support to keep your spine in alignment and prevent hunching and painful necks.
Synthetic (manmade) fillings come in a range of different materials, making it easy for you to find a pillow that meets your exact needs.
Often cost-effective in comparison to natural fillings, they can provide extra support for different sleep types. Synthetic fillings also tend to need less maintenance, which makes them perfect for a busy home.