Everyone understands how important quality sleep is to our health and happiness and the role a quality mattress plays in attaining that. But pillows are often overlooked or taken for granted; yet they are just as important to your alignment and sleep as the mattress itself.
While lying in bed, 20 percent of your alignment comes from your neck. Finding the right pillow is an important step toward getting a good night’s sleep. The best time to buy a pillow is when you are purchasing a mattress. Since we replace our mattress once in 7-10 years and it’s recommended that pillows should be changed 1-2 times per year, that isn’t always an option. There are several important factors to consider when purchasing a new pillow.
First – Determine your Sleep Style.
Are you a side sleeper, back sleeper or a stomach sleeper? Your style can be identified by the position you assume to fall asleep. For side sleepers, a conforming pillow is best. One that conforms to your neck while you sleep on your side will ensure that your head rests in the proper alignment. Back sleepers need pillows with slightly more height. It’s important to keep your neck from straining while lying in a horizontal position. Stomach sleepers should look for flatter pillows that leave breathing room while sleeping face down or transitioning their head from side to side throughout the night.
Next – Consider materials
Pillows are available in a wide variety of materials and fills. Consider which will be best for you. Down pillows are luxurious and offer a soft, natural resting cushion. Down pillows aren’t ideal for everyone as some people have allergies or sensitivities to the feathers. Memory foam pillows provide comfort and reserved response that cradles the curvature of the neck and spine. Latex pillows actively contour and support the shoulders and neck while offering comfort and pressure relief. Other pillows are available with the added benefit of cooling gel layered under the head for better temperature control. With so many options, it’s a good idea to consider the qualities and benefits of each and buy what best addresses your needs.
Last – Try it out
While mattress shopping, it’s easy to try a few different pillows and compare the differences. Once you’ve found and purchased the perfect pillow, it’s easy to replace as needed. If you buy your pillows at Rotmans, we keep the information from your sale on file and can easily order replacements as needed. If you are in urgent need of a new pillow and can’t wait for that option, just remember to look for a substitute that is similar to the one you are replacing – in size and material.
At Rotmans we offer a variety of pillows to choose from and our sleep specialists are trained to help you find the perfect fit. Better sleep awaits!