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Consider The Filling When Choosing A Pillow

Jun 30, 2017

There are many factors that affect the quality of sleep you get each night. One of these factors is your pillow. Choosing the wrong pillow can exacerbate headaches and neck and shoulder tension. Taking time to determine what the best pillow is for you will help ensure that you wake up refreshed and ready for your day.Of course, the pillow filling is one of the important factors.

1.Consider a down or feather pillow. These pillows are typically made from the inner plumage of geese or ducks and can be filled according to your preference.

  • More firmness, or loft, suits side sleepers while less loft is better for back or stomach sleepers.

  • They can last up to 10 years and are resilient and breathable because they are made of a natural material.

  • Although there is no scientific evidence that down or feather pillows exacerbate allergies or asthma, some people prefer to avoid them.

  • You might wish to avoid down/feather pillows for ethical reasons, or due to asthma or allergies. In this case, there are synthetic versions available.


2.Consider choosing a wool or cotton pillow. A wool or cotton pillow might be particularly suitable for you if you suffer from severe allergies, as these pillows are not susceptible to dust mites or mold.

  • Be aware that these pillows tend to be quite firm, so they may not be the most suitable for stomach sleepers.

  • If you are a stomach sleeper, but you also want a pillow that is hypoallergenic, you may be able to find a very thin wool or cotton pillow.


3.Consider a latex pillow. These pillows are made from the sap of rubber trees, making it elastic and resilient.

  • These pillows are good for allergy sufferers, as they are mold resistant.

  • They tend to be cooler than memory foam and can form to fit your head and neck.

  • Latex pillows come in all shapes and sizes. Consistencies vary as well, some use shredded material while others are made of solid cores.

  • They do not offer as much ‘give’ as a memory foam pillow and can be quite heavy, and expensive.


4.Consider a memory foam pillow. These pillows are made of polyurethane, which is then mixed with additional chemicals.

  • They provide good support, especially if you have neck, jaw, or shoulder problems.

  • High density is best in order to avoid the material breaking down.

  • Be aware that this material can make you hot, as it doesn't "breathe."

  • If you tend to move around a lot, these pillows may be uncomfortable since they take a bit of time to mold into different shapes.


May you have a good sleep every day!