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Choosing The Right Pillow For You


October 19, 2016

You may be thinking that the majority of the reason you get a bad night’s sleep is because you are sleeping on the wrong kind of mattress, or the temperature is too hot in your room, or you maybe ate dinner to close to bedtime. However, you may be interested to know that the type of pillow you sleep on has just as much an effect on the amount of quality sleep you get throughout the night.

We know you have woken up a time or two with a terrible crick in your neck, feeling as though you didn’t get any rest at all the night before. If you were sleeping on the right pillow, this would not be happening. In order to determine whether or not you are sleeping on the right kind of pillow, there are several things you have to take into consideration.

Pillow Fill

Most commonly, down, feathers, foam or synthetic fibers are used to fill pillows. When you purchase a pillow with natural goose down it is likely to be extremely comfortable and last you longer than most other pillows would. However, these pillows can be a bit on the expensive side of things. If you would like a more affordable option, you can invest in synthetic/polyester fiber pillows which are normally hypoallergenic and can be washed in your washing machine. You could also opt to purchase a foam pillow if you prefer sleeping on something firmer. If you are a hot sleeper, however, you may want to forego foam pillows as they will likely make you sweat.

Thread Counts

We’ve talked about thread count many times before in regards to sheets and comforters, but thread count also matters when you are choosing a pillow. For a standard pillow that is 20” by 26”, we would suggest getting one with a minimum of a 300 thread count. While there pillows available with as high as a 1,000 thread count, its more important to ensure the fabric used is down proof. We recommend nothing higher than 400 threads per square inch. Owner experience data suggests there is only a slight correlation between higher thread count and fewer reports of escaping feathers. Therefore, for a luxurious sleeping experience look into getting some down pillows with a thread count between 300-400. Save your money by avoiding anything between 500 and 1,000 thread count.

Sleep Position

Lastly, your sleep position can greatly determine what sort of pillow that will provide you with the best night of sleep.

If you are a stomach sleeper… You will want a soft pillow that is fairly flat. Some stomach sleepers prefer to have no pillows for under their heads and instead place their pillows on the sides of their bodies. Sleeping with a flatter pillow or no pillow at all on your stomach allows your neck to stay in line with your spine.

If you are a back sleeper… Back sleepers should purchase a pillow with medium thickness. This will prevent your head from being pushed too far forward by a pillow that is too thick, or falling too far backwards towards the mattress if the pillow is too thin.

If you are a side sleeper… Side sleepers need firmer pillows to support their head and neck. Foam pillows are often a great choice for the person who prefers to sleep on their side.

If you are a mixed sleeper… If you like to sleep in general and do not prefer one sleep position over the other, a pillow with a medium thickness will work well for you as it can remain comfortable while you are sleeping in multiple positions.

If you are in need of a new pillow or two to help you get a better night’s sleep, start shopping the amazing selection at Warm Things. We have a large collection of pillows in our store and online for your to choose from.



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