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Bed Pillows – Memory Foam? Latex? Feather? Down?

December 10th, 2008

Bed Pillows – Memory Foam? Latex? Feather? Down?


Have you ever tried sleeping without a pillow? How about sleeping without a comfortable pillow. There are many different types of pillows. If you want to make sure that you are comfortable every night, you need to be sure to choose the right pillow. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your next pillow.

1. Sleeping Position. The way you sleep directly affects what type of pillow you need. Thinner pillows tend to work best for people who sleep on their backs and stomachs. People who sleep on their side need a thicker pillow in order to fully support their neck. No matter what position you sleep in, contour pillows work well because they can be easily adjusted to fit your individual needs.

2. Firmness. Pillows come in a variety of firmness levels. You can get a thick or thin Down pillow. As with other things, memory foam pillows come in different firmness levels, densities, sizes and shapes. Three pound density pillows tend to work the best because it is very supportive, yet still soft. Natural Latex pillows are similar to memory foam pillows, but without the memory aspect. Instead of taking a few seconds to return to its original form, latex pillows bounce back immediately.

3. Filling. If you like thin pillows, you would enjoy a Down or synthetic Down pillow. Memory foam and latex pillows tend to provide more support than Down pillows. Memory foam pillows use the weight and heat of your head to allow the material to gently mold to your head. These pillows offer great support to both you neck and head. Latex pillows offer much of the same support as memory foam pillows but are much more responsive.

4. Covers. Take into consideration what pillow you use to determine what cover you will use. Memory foam pillows often come with a cover. This cover is usually removable and washable. Standard pillows and latex pillows need to be used with a pillowcase to prevent them from becoming stained.

5. Changing your pillow. You should be changing your pillows every year. The oils from your head seep into the pillows and the longer you use one pillow, the more allergens it will contain. Make sure you are replacing your pillow at least every year.

6. Sizes. There are two main sizes for pillows: Standard and King. King size pillows are very long and bulky. Even if you have a King size bed, you might want to use 3 Standard pillows instead of 2 King size pillows. Some manufacturers also offer a Queen size pillow, which is the perfect size if a Standard pillow is too small and a King pillow is too large.

There are many different pillows to choose from today. Choose a pillow that will fit your individual needs. Make sure you aren’t losing any sleep from the lack of a good pillow.

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