Finding the right pillow can greatly improve your quality of sleep because it helps your sleeping posture and helps reduce aches and pains.
The right pillow will help you keep your spine stay in alignment while you sleep regardless of your sleeping position. With a pillow that supports healthy posture, your neck, shoulders, back and hips will get the support they need so you wake up pain-free.
While the pillow you choose is largely based on personal preference, finding the right pillow also depends on the sleeping position you prefer; if you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper or stomach sleeper.
For back sleepers, your pillow should be:
- Supportive of your neck and head, but not so much that your neck is propped up at an unnatural angle
- Not too full but not too flat
For side sleepers, your pillow should be:
- Supportive of your head in a neutral position, keeping it aligned with your spine
- Full and firm to support the neck and take the pressure off your shoulder
For stomach sleepers, your pillow should be:
- Softer and a little less full which will keep your spine as neutral as possible
Maintaining the quality of your pillow is also important for a good night’s sleep. A general rule of thumb for the life of a mattress is about eight years but your pillow doesn’t last quite as long. You need a new pillow every 18 months or so, although a well-made pillow can last around 3 years.
Ways to tell if you’re pillow needs updating:
- Give your pillow a once over. If it is stained, torn or smells, there may be a collection of dead skin, sweat and even mould within the fabric.
- Try the fold test. When you fold your pillow in half, does it stay folded, or does it spring back into its original position? If it stays folded, your pillow is probably exhausted and its time to say goodbye.
- Check if its lumpy, smelly or flat.
If your pillow is any of the above, it might be time to replace them. Take a look at our bedding range for some inspiration!