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How to Choose the Right Bed Pillow


How to Choose the Right Bed Pillow For You

You may not realize it, but the quality of sleep actually has a huge impact on a person’s mood the next morning. Are you feeling grumpy and disorganized? You might just have woken up from a night of tossing and turning. Are you feeling energized and ready to take on the day? Then you might have woken up from the best slumber of your life.

Instead of just guessing how your day will turn out, put together a plan to gain full control over it. The key is to gather together the elements of a great slumber. To kick start your search, here is a guide in choosing the right bed pillow for you and your guests.

Find the level of support you need…

The level of support that a person needs depend on the sleeping position one is used to. Pay particular attention on the body part that goes in contact with the bed. This area should have proper cushioning support. For instance, if you are a back sleeper, you will want more support for the spine, which comes from a medium pillow. For a side sleeper, a firm pillow works best to align your head with the rest of the spine. A stomach sleeper will feel best with a soft pillow.

Consider the fillings of your pillow…

The filling type is responsible for the softness or firmness of the pillow. There are a lot of fillings available today which can cause a lot of confusion. If you understand the differences between the types, and learn how to read the labels, choosing the right pillow will not be too hard.  

Traditional pillows have goose or duck down filling. This is a filling made up of soft feathers. Down pillows are soft, cuddly, and very moldable to the shape desired. They are usually very light in weight, durable, and can generally be used for most sleep positions. They make very little noise, and with proper care will last a long time. Downlite is the nation’s most quality supplier of down pillows.

The downside to down is mostly the high cost. But sleepers who require more loft will benefit from different types of pillows.

Down & feather filled pillows offer the benefits of a natural fill, but at a lower price. They are scrunchable like down pillows, very affordable, and do not get too hot. They are a good choice for back or side sleepers who do not need high loft or non-allergen pillows. Unfortunately, feather & down pillows can emit an odor, can have feathers poke through the pillow case, and can be a bit noisy. They are not a good choice for light or sensitive sleepers.

Down alternative pillows are generally filled with polyester "gel" or "puff" fibers. These fibers give the pillows a feel similar to that of down, but without the possible allergy issues. These are soft, modable pillows, and are a good “one-size-fits-all” option at an affordable price. You generally have your choice of density and loft options. Down alternative pillows however do not offer the same durability as natural filled pillows, and can get clumpy. They are a middle of the road option, and do not offer the same firm support as some other options.

Memory Foam pillows come in many varieties including contoured (shaped for head and neck) and traditional shape. Memory foam consists of millions of spherical open cells made from polyurethane with additional chemicals added to increase density. Depending on the model and shape, they can offer a specific shape and/or firmness require.

Memory foam is supportive, and offers above average pain relief. They do not clump, and don’t need a regular fluffing. However, they are not moldable, often emit an initial foul odor, and may hold on to heat. A memory foam pillow is not a crowd pleasing pillow. It is more of an “individual needs” option.

Latex pillows are great for those looking for support and loft. Latex offers pain-reducing capabilities by providing the support needed for some, and are very durable.  They are often described as being dense and heavy, and very hypo-allergenic. They do not attract dust mites.

Latex pillows are usually an expensive option, and are not very moldable. Like memory foam, this is more of an individual-needs pillow. However, latex pillows are very popular with those looking for alternative options.

Determine the number of pillows you need…

The next thing to consider is the number of pillows you need. Your goal generally is to have enough pillows for comfort while not leaving your bed overstuffed. For instance, if you have a twin sized bed, a single standard pillow is enough. If you have a bigger bed like a king size, you can stuff up to 3 standard pillows, or 2 king pillows.

If you just look at all the options available, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But if you consider what you need form a pillow, you can easily remove some of the possible options and make an effective decision. And if you are still confused, please contact us! We will be glad to give your our suggestion.


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  • Oct 19, 2014

    I love all your tips! Great service, great products and great website!

    — CJ

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