CHOOSING THE PERFECT PILLOW
At the end of the day, your pillow’s most important job is to support you in your go-to sleeping position, all night long. That doesn’t just mean that it should feel soft and cosy, but that the right pillow should keep your head, neck, and spine, all in neutral alignment, and support the natural curvature of your spine. Keeping a neutral spine not only improves your quality of sleep, but also alleviates neck and back pain, headaches, fatigue, and relieves pressure throughout your entire body. But how do you know which are the best pillows to buy, and whether they will be the right fit for you?
HOW TO CHOOSE A PILLOW THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
The most important factors to consider when buying your pillows are:
- Profile or height
The profile or height of a pillow refers to how thick and firm it is - its density - or how much filling is in the pillow. This translates to how much support the pillow offers.
A pillow should sit in the crevice between your head and shoulder, without raising or lowering your head. Your sleeping posture should be the same as your correct standing posture, with your spine and head aligned. But that doesn’t mean you have to sleep on your back! You simply need to choose the right height pillow for the way you sleep. Your frame can also make a difference to what pillow height will be most comfortable, as more support may be required for a larger build.
We have an extensive range of pillows online in a range of materials including duck feather and down, goose feather and down, latex. memory foam, synthetic and more. The outside fabric of the pillow is most commonly cotton or polyester.
Pillows with different constructions offer a range of different benefits. For example, down and feather pillows are known for being luxurious and comfortable, and are a popular choice for turning your bed into a sanctuary. Latex pillows offer great shape retention, and are extremely supportive. Memory foam pillows are soft but firm, and are a great choice for side sleepers. The best composition for you will depend on your unique needs and preferences.
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AM I A SIDE SLEEPER?
To keep a neutral spine and healthy posture, side sleepers need a pillow with a high profile, and firmer support. Side sleepers might also find that fluffable synthetic materials, or shapeable materials like down, are particularly useful for the lateral position. A firm pillow does not refer to a pillow that is hard or uncomfortable, simply a pillow with a denser filling. Firm pillows are also best for people with a larger frame.
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AM I A FRONT SLEEPER?
When it comes to stomach sleeping, finding the perfect pillow can be a little tricky. In fact, some experts suggest avoiding the position altogether, as it tends place you at greater risk of straining your neck, and putting pressure on your lower back or abdomen. To mitigate these risks it is best to sleep with a soft, low profile pillow. Soft pillows are also ideal for smaller framed people, including children.
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DO PILLOWS COME IN OTHER SHAPES AND SIZES?
There are a range of pillow sizes to choose from beyond a Standard 48cm x 73cm Pillow, each serving a different purpose. These include:
- Queen size pillows - Slightly larger than a standard pillow, these are 54cm x 80cm
- King size pillows - King size pillows are common as luxury hotel pillows, and measure 44cm x 86cm. These are popular for king sized beds.
- European pillows - These are the large square pillows that sit against your headboard, behind your other pillows. They typically measure 65cm x 65cm.
- V-shaped pillows - You might know V-shaped pillows as boomerang pillows or U-shaped pillows.
- Body pillows - There are a range of different styles of full body pillows, but the most common are long straight pillows measuring 40cm x 150cm.
Most people will have a range of different types of pillows on their bed. A popular set-up is two European pillows at the back, followed by two standard pillows in your sheet set pillowcases and then two standard pillows in your quilt cover pillowcases. The pillowcases that come with sheet sets and quilt cover sets are designed to fit standard pillows, as they are the most common pillow size in Australia.