You smoosh your face into it, your hair has started parting along where you sleep on it, you've covered it in drool; your pillow needs to stand up to a lot, even as it comfortably supports you. Because you spend a good portion of your life face down in it, shouldn't you get yourself a quality bed pillow?
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By far the most important aspect of any pillow is its filling.
* Some materials offer firm support for the head and neck, others offer a soft and cozy resting place.
* The right pillow for you is one that helps you get a good night's sleep.
* Generally speaking, people who sleep on their sides (about 85% of the population) should use medium to firm pillows. 800 fill is considered firm.
* People who sleep on their stomachs do better with soft pillows. Back sleepers do well with medium pillows.
from this filling.
** Pure feather pillows are firmer than pure down pillows.
* '''Synthetic Down
makes a synthetic down that is as soft and squashy as the real thing, but without eliminates the chance of allergic reactions.
** Soft, lightweight, machine
** May not last as long as some other kinds of pillows.
** Wool provides a firm pillow that doesn't squash down easily or lose its shape.
** Available in medium and firm.
** Hypoallergenic, resistant to dust mites and mold, warm on cool nights, long-lasting, and wicks away moisture.
** Alpaca pillows are not as firm as sheep's wool pillowsthey are generally available in soft to medium.
** Harder to clean than some other fillings and can't be machine washed.
** The pillow is made of cotton batting, which is about as hypoallergenic as you can get.
** Generally firm and can be compacted further over several years.
** Cool, breathable, and mold-resistant.
** Many companies manufacture allfree, environmentally and economically sensitive cotton.
* '''Buckwheat Hulls
** Especially popular for neck/travel pillows. Also available in standard sizes.
** Provide excellent support.
** Additional inserts allow you to mutate your pillow at your will.
** Cool in summer, warm in winterpillows'>therapeutic pillows).
** Buckwheat is a renewable resource, hypoallergenic (when properly processed), and resistant to breakage.
** Also known as "''makura'' pillows
" (redundant as ''"makura"'' is the Japanese word for "pillow").
** Latex gives good support, but crumbles over time.
** Look for natural latexit is hypoallergenic (unless you have a latex allergy, of course) and has no odor.
** Synthetic rubber can give off unpleasant odors.
** Latex can also be made into contoured shapes
specifically designed for certain sleeping positions.
** Latex is sometimes shredded. These pillows can be fluffed but also provide a lot of support.
** Memory foam
is an intriguing idea and gives good support.
** Foam can be very hot and some kinds of foam harbor dust and dust mites.
** Certain types of synthetic foams can give off gases, such as toluene (a liquid aromatic hydrocarbon that resembles benzene but is less volatile, but still flammable and toxic. It is used as a solvent in organic synthesis, and as an antiknock agent for gasoline, according to Webster's). Do you really want to breathe that?
* Loft refers to the pillow's thickness.
* The thickness you prefer is up to youbut keep in mind that a thick pillow made of a soft material will have a lot of give to it.
* It may be a good idea to layer pillowsa firm latex pillow beneath a down pillow can give desired firmness and softness.
Pillow Shape and Size
* Pillows are usually quadrilaterals. Anything else is extraordinary.
* Standard Size Pillows
are 20x26 inches. Put one on a twin bed, two on a full or queen, and three on a king.
* Queen Size Pillows
are 20x30 inches. Same allocation, same pillow case size.
* King Size Pillows
are 20x36 inches. Lay one across your king size bed.
* Euro Size Pillows
are 26x26 inches. Nice and square.
* Travel Size Pillows
are 12x16 inches. Perfect to take with you anywhere.
The pillow cover should be at least 260-thread count for down and feather pillows, as this keeps the feathers from escaping. For other fills, a thread count of at least 200 is recommended.