How to Choose the Right Pillow for Your Sleeping Needs
If you find yourself needing a new pillow, finding the best one for your needs can be overwhelming. Let us help you determine what type of pillow works best for you!
First off, you may think that it’s too early for a new pillow. In general, it’s recommended to replace your pillows every couple of years. Another way to see if your current pillow is still providing any support is with a simple test. Just fold your pillow in half and see if it springs back – if it doesn’t, that means it’s time to get shopping!
One of the first things to consider before shopping for a new pillow is your most common sleeping position. Believe it or not, choosing a pillow that matches the way you sleep can have great improvements in the quality of your sleep. If you sleep on your back, thinner pillows can limit stress on your neck. If you’re a side sleeper, finding a pillow that provides firm support to your head, neck, & shoulder is key. For stomach sleepers, having a thinner pillow helps eliminate stress on the lower back.
For those who suffer from allergies, the type of pillow fill is especially important. Pillow fills can vary from natural feathers to foam to rayon, so it’s key to look for pillows that are labeled hypoallergenic. If you are a naturally hot sleeper, a pillow with cooling technology is ideal in order to provide extra comfort while you sleep.
Pillow shape, firmness, & function are vital to those who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It’s best to look for specialty brand pillows that are designed with treatment in mind. It can also be helpful to use a bed wedge with your pillow – this can raise the torso to lessen affects of OSA & GERD.
Do you suffer from upper back or neck pain? You’ll need a pillow that will help your spine maintain a neutral position. Pillows that are usually best for this type of pain have an indentation in the middle to cradle the head, and thicker edges to fill the hollow between the base of the skull & top of the back to take pressure off the neck.
Factory Mattress offers a variety of pillows from top brands like Lovett, Tempur-Pedic & BedGear providing different levels of support & comfort. Still have questions about pillows? Don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information. Find your next pillow with Factory Mattress today!
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