How to Choose A Pillow That’s Right For You

How to Choose A Pillow That’s Right For You

When it comes to choosing a pillow for the best quality night’s sleep, it’s important to focus on your comfort and support needs. The beauty with pillows is that there are so many options - the pillow type that works for you may not work for others. Choosing the right pillow is a completely individual process which will depend on your favoured sleeping position and mattress firmness to give you the best sleep. 

In this blog post, we’re going to answer the following common questions:

  • How often should pillows be replaced?
  • How to choose the best pillow? 
  • What are the best pillows for side sleepers?  
  • What are the best pillows for neck pain?

How often should pillows be replaced? 

Your pillows should be replaced every 18 to24 months. Yes, this may sound a short amount of time, but you’re ideally sleeping and applying pressure to the pillows for eight hours every night! Choosing the best pillow type for your needs will no doubt improve your quality of sleep. 

If your pillows are discoloured, smell, lumpy, limp or you’re finding that the filling is built up in the centre, then this is a sign that your pillows need replacing. Discoloured or smelling pillows can be a sign of a build-up of sweat, dead skin cells or dust mites. Time for a replacement!

If you suffer from a dust mite allergy, we highly recommend the anti allergy pillow which is treated against bacteria, mould and dust mites. For those who often sweat in their sleep, the soft touch microfibre pillow is machine washable, keeping away any smells or stains!

How to choose the best pillow?

There’s a range of pillow filling options, such as feather, down, hollow fibre and memory foam. Pillows are designed with your sleep comfort needs in mind, with the correct filling type correlating with the right level of support for you. 

When deciding on a new pillow, there should be two areas to consider:

1. Which type of mattress do I have?

2. Which position do I sleep in the most?

Mattress type:

You might be thinking, how does my mattress firmness impact my pillow choice? They have a direct impact on one another and you may be experiencing discomfort or aches and pains if your mattress and pillow choice doesn’t match up nicely. 

For instance, if you have a firm mattress and firm support pillows, then this combination will be too supportive for your neck and spine to align correctly. Whereas if you have a firm mattress and try soft to medium support pillows, then this should result in a more comfortable night’s sleep as your neck isn’t being pushed forward. Memory foam pillows and mattresses are the only exceptions for this tip, as memory foam is designed to give you support in all the right areas to mold to your body’s needs! 

Sleeping position: 

It’s only natural that in our sleep we move and wriggle around. Rarely does someone sleep solely on their side, front or back all night long! It’s not commonly discussed that your sleeping position should influence your pillow choice. Before choosing a new pillow, consider which position you most often fall asleep in and then compare this to the sleeping position that you most often wake up in. This will also impact how many pillows you should sleep with.

Pillows for different sleeping positions 

What are the best pillows for side sleepers? 

For side sleepers, medium to firm support pillows give your head and neck the support that you need. As a side sleeper, you need a pillow that’s around the same thickness as the depth from your shoulders to your ears to make sure that your neck and spine align as naturally as possible. 

For medium support, we recommend our Luxury Box pillow, made of 100% polyester fibre filling. Memory foam pillows are brilliant at giving you fuller neck support, as they adjust to your head and neck needs.  

What are the best pillows for front sleepers? 

For front sleepers, your pillow needs to be thin and soft. A pillow that is too thick and firm will make your neck align too high, which can result in neck aches and lower back pain. Some front sleepers decide to sleep without a pillow, although for maximum front sleeping comfort we recommend down and goose feather pillows

What are the best pillows for back sleepers? 

For back sleepers, hollow fibre pillows offer medium support. Medium support pillows offer your neck and spine the best support as they won’t cause your neck to fall far backwards or forwards, like the satin stripe pillow. Memory foam pillows are great at offering added support at the bottom of your neck. 

What are the best pillows for neck pain?

As we’ve highlighted, if you’re experiencing neck pain, this may be because your pillow doesn’t give you the best support for your sleeping position. For example, if you sleep on your side, you’ll want to avoid a thin and soft support pillow, as your neck will have to stretch downwards to meet the thin pillow, causing discomfort. A thicker and medium to firm support pillow align side sleepers neck and spine most naturally, giving them the best support and comfort. For a firmer support, the support pillow is specifically designed to aid in alleviating any neck pain. If you’re often waking up tired and with aches and pains, this can also be a clear sign that you need a new mattress

Hopefully, these tips have been useful in answering ‘How to choose a pillow?’. If you find that you’re a combination of two sleeping positions, such as side and back sleeping, a medium to firm support pillow will still give you the added support that you need. If you’re still unsure on which side you sleep on the most, memory foam pillows offer guaranteed support for your neck and spine, regardless of which side you sleep on. 

Please get in touch or check out our other blogs for more advice. At Linx Beds, we offer a range of comfortable pillows and mattresses to suit everyone’s needs for a comfortable nights sleep.