One of the biggest impediments to a good working day is a bad night sleep. All of us have our tensions but the biggest obstruction to a good night sleep is a bad pillow. You might have the comfiest of mattresses or the silkiest set of sheets to lay on but sleep would be hard to come by if you do not have a mattress which accommodates your sleeping position.
In simple words, if you want to sleep like a baby, you need to identify that the one-size-fits-all theory doesn’t apply to it. What is good and comfortable for your partner might be hell for you. Hence, you need to have a pillow which suits you the best, and not the other way around.
Here are some tips to help you find out the best pillow for yourself:
For stomach sleepers
Most stomach sleepers I know contend that they do not need a pillow at all. However, if you do, try to get your hands on a pillow which is soft and fairly flat. Having a soft and flat pillow allows stomach sleepers to shift their head from one position to another with a little lift of your head. Also, if you want to avoid lower back pain, tucking a pillow under your stomach might help.
For side sleepers
Side sleepers are more prone to developing back, shoulder, and neck pains because when they are sleeping, the whole of their body weight falls on one side. Hence, their pillow requirement is different from that of stomach sleepers.
If you are a side sleeper, go for a pillow which is firm and thick enough to fill the gap between your outside shoulder and ear. If you have an inclination of leaning backward while sleeping, place your pillow on your backside. Conversely, if you learn forward while asleep, place the pillow on your front side.
After you’ve chosen the best pillow for you, the next step involves choosing the best pillow filling. If your favorite pillow is soft, feathers and down will serve as great fillings. For those who want the good neck and head support, buckwheat hull and foam fillings might come handy. However, if you want your pillow to be firm and flat, go for polyester fiber and cotton fillings.
There are some people who develop seasonal allergies from their pillows. That is, no matter which pillow they choose, these allergies would wreck their chances of having a good night sleep. For these people, hypoallergenic pillows are recommended. As the name suggests, these pillows are made up of such materials and fabrics which allow them to keep allergens at an arm’s length.
Lastly, there are some people out there who simply emit heat while sleeping. In simple words, they suffer from night sweats. For these people, cooling pillows are recommended. These pillows are made up of shredded memory foams which make them breathable.
Air moves easily in and around these pillows to prevent heat from gathering around your heat. Some of them also come up with “cooling gels” which give you the option of putting these pillows inside a refrigerator to make them super cool at night.