Although your mattress might be the largest and most important purchase you make in your sleep, your pillow is almost as important as your mattress. Scrunching or folding up your pillow every night in order to get comfortable enough to sleep is a clear indication that you need to update it.
The key to sleeping soundly is good posture. Your mattress goes a long way toward helping with that, but your pillow is also critical to supporting a healthy sleep posture, where your body and spine are in alignment from the knees to the shoulders. Without the right pillow, your spine and body are out of alignment. This causes strain, discomfort, and loss of sleep.
Generally, bed pillows need to be replaced after 18 months. Memory foam pillows usually last longer–up to three years. Natural pillows can last longer than synthetic pillows, and higher quality pillows will last longer than cheaper ones. If you’re currently using a pillow that is five or six years old, you’re not getting the support you need—and you’re not sleeping as comfortably as you could.
Your pillow gets used about 7-8 hours a night—that’s more than 2,500 hours a year!
The right pillow is personal. There is no size, shape, or material that fits all. The best way to determine if a pillow is right for you is to establish specific criteria. Start by identifying specific attributes and then go with your gut as to what feels the most comfortable and appropriate for you.
Here are some specific attributes you can start with.
Memory foam– More and more popular in recent years, they form to your individual shape, contouring and spreading weight evenly across their surface, perfect for pressure points that cause discomfort during sleep. They can give off bothersome chemical smells when brand new.
Quality of Fill: Quality typically dictates comfort level. Once you decide which pillow is right for you, select the highest quality your budget will allow.
Size: Keeping your sleep posture in alignment is the most important thing. You may opt for a standard size or a larger one if you can remain aligned.
Fabric: Cover your pillows with natural breathable fabrics. It extends the life of your pillow and protects it from stains and sweat.
Chemistry: Memory foam and polyester are made from a chemical process. Many pillows are put through antimicrobial treatments. Know the chemistry that went into making your pillow
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A cozy bed is about more than a mattress. There is actually quite a bit that goes into creating it. Your mattress is critical, but that’s not all of it. From sheets, bed frame, pillows, and mattress topper, they all contribute to the experience.