Did you know that you spend over 2500 hours a year on your pillow? That’s more than a hundred days non-stop! Your pillow is best than a place to rest your head at night; it plays a essential role in ensuring you get a good night’s sleep. Using the incorrect pillow will result in your sleeping less soundly than you should, waking from deep sleep to find a more comfortable position, resulting in you waking up feeling drained of energy. Sound familiar?
Selecting the proper pillow
You will have your sleeping style; if you want to sleep on your side, back, or a combination of the two, this will dictate the optimal height of your pillow. Depending on the condition of your neck, spine, and back, you’ll need a different level of support from your pillow; synthetic (hollow fiber) or natural (feather or down), or something more special like memory foam, latex, cotton, or water.
The following is a summary of the best pillow types:
Pillows made of synthetic materials
Pros: Relatively inexpensive, lightweight, suitable for allergy sufferers, simple to care for, easy to bend and scrunch to achieve needed height, quiet
Cons: Have a low life expectancy (6 months to 2 years), flatten quickly, and the filling will clump and become out of shape.
Description of the pillow advisor: Synthetic pillows are the workhorse of the pillow world; they are the most flexible, being a good fit for the majority of people and accommodating a wide variety of sleeping types.
Pillows made of feathers
Pros: Generally affordable, soft, easy to form, and durable – has a long life.
Cons: Since the feather quills are spiky, they sometimes poke through even the most challenging cover. Do not provide much support or height – not ideal for side sleepers, can be very noisy, need frequent fluffing and shaking to re-shape, and are not recommended for allergy sufferers.
Description of the pillow advisor: Previously typical but not recommended unless you sleep primarily on your back or front and prefer feather pillows.
Pillows made of down
Pros: Generally produces the softest pillows, which are nice and light, cool and airy, simple to shape, durable, and quiet.
Cons: Feathers will sometimes poke through the cover (though they are not as spikey as feathers), they do not provide much support or height – making them unsuitable for side sleepers, they can be pricey, they may need occasional fluffing and shaking to re-shape, and they are not suitable for allergy sufferers unless the down has been adequately processed.
Description of the pillow advisor: Although a down pillow is more expensive, nothing feels as comfortable and luxurious as a down pillow. They are not suitable for situations requiring support or neck pain relief, but they can perform admirably in nearly all other situations.
Pillows Made of Memory Foam
Pros: Provides adequate support and pain relief, is comfortable and smooth without lumps, can be contoured to closely fit the contours of the head and neck, is quiet, durable, and simple to care for; those who tolerate memory foam pillows adore them.
Cons: Since the foam is an expensive material to manufacture, this form of pillow can be very costly.
Description from Pillow Advisor: worth a try if you have the opportunity; they can become your favorite pillow ever; however, they are a little expensive and not for everyone.
Pillows made of latex
Pros: Extremely durable natural fiber, more relaxed and more breathable than memory foam, conforms to the shape of the head and neck. Soft and nurturing, it effectively relieves pressure and maintains its form.
Cons: It May be costly, complex, has a set shape and height, making it impossible to change if a pillow isn’t quite perfect and can smell odd to begin with.
Description of the pillow advisor: Latex pillows provide some of the highest satisfaction scores of any type of pillow and will provide you with a perfect, pain-free night’s sleep; just be sure to purchase one that is the correct height for you.
Pillows with microbeads
Pros: Often used as an efficient neck and shoulder pain relief pillow; provides adequate support; is highly moldable and conforming; is reasonably priced and durable; is light and airy.
Cons: Maybe noisy as you change positions, may have an initial chemical odor, maybe too firm at times, cylinder shape can sound strange to some and may not suit your pillowcases.
Description of the pillow advisor: Exceptionally soft and easy, and worth a try if you’re looking for neck and shoulder pain relief, but not for all, and unlikely to become the rule.
Pillows of water
Pros: Customizable support, height, and firmness, contours to the body, provides effective pain relief, especially for back and neck pain, and provides cooling.
Cons: Water will make them heavy and sometimes noisy if there is an air pocket, they are relatively costly, their longevity is doubtful, and they will need adjustment before the proper water fill level is found.
Summary: Worth a try if you’re looking for nighttime cooling, pain relief, or additional help.
Pillows made of buckwheat
Pros: Supportive, moldable, and contours to your body, adjustable height, natural materials, airy
Cons: Cumbersome and a little noisy due to the rustling of the husks as you walk, maybe slightly more expensive (but not significantly), may be too firm for some people and may require some adjustment to achieve the proper height.
Description of the pillow advisor: Just worth trying if you’re looking for something supportive that can also help with pain relief and something a little different.