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Bed Pillows Buying Guide

Sleep  is essential to keeping our bodies healthy.  Without rest, we get worn down and leave our immune systems  vulnerable to all sorts of germs that that make us sick and slow us down.  So why not take bedtime  a little more seriously?  A key to comfort  are bed pillows, which come in a bunch of varieties, and figuring out which ones suit you best will help you get a full night's sleep and keep your daily routine on track.  Check out some of the options below.

Different Types

  • Body pillows : Body pillows are long pillows which support the head, knees and legs and are best suited for people who sleep on their sides or pregnant women.
  • Neck pillows : These pillows help keep the head aligned with the spine. They are specially designed to support the neck and the head while you are reading or watching TV.
  • Travel pillows : This U shape pillow has been specially designed to support your head while seated in an upright position. It allows the user to sleep comfortably without the risk of your head falling to an awkward position.

Different Filling

Bed pillows have several different types of filler that can affect softness and a variety of other factors.

  • Natural-filled pillows , are filled with pure down or a down/feather blend , and are often deemed the most luxurious. Their durable nature and texture also make them a good investment.
    • White Goose Down: the fluffiest.
    • Feather and Down Blends: more firm and supportive.
    • Hypodown: specially cleaned and treated during the manufacturing process to reduce allergic reactions.
  • Synthetic pillows  are cheaper, durable and easy to care for (machine washable). Although they may not last as long, their comfort level is often comparable to natural down, using synthetic polyester clusters to add comfort and mouldability.
  • Foam pillows , made from rubber latex, are chemically treated to protect against mould, mildew and bacteria.
    • Memory foam: specially designed for neck, back and spine support.
    • Adjustable foam pillows: best for those who suffer from back, neck or upper shoulder syndrome.

Care

  • Remember to purchase pillow covers . Zipped covers keep pillows free from stains and moisture, helping them to last longer.
  • Fluff and shake. If your down pillow is looking a little worse for wear, just shake it out to get some of the fluff back.
  • Dry clean. While you may launder pillow cases  and covers, it's still a good idea to get your pillows themselves dry cleaned at least once a year.
  • Switch it to air fluff. Putting your synthetic pillows in the dryer helps them fluffy and resilient.
  • Gentle washes are key. Wash your pillows in a warm water gentle cycle and dry on low heat until completely dry. Left-over dampness will cause mould to form.
  • Replace it. If your pillow if it has lost its shape or is leaking from the seams, it's time to invest in a new one. Natural filled pillows can last several years, while synthetic may only last one or two.

Things to Consider

Decide on the Right Size of Bed Pillow

  • The size of bed pillow you pick will depend on the size of your bed and how you sleep.

Set Your Bed Pillow Budget

  • A cheap foam pillow might cost as little as $5 while a quality down pillow can be over $100. If you have a limited budget, pick up one or two high quality pillows that you'll actually sleep on and use cheaper ones for decoration.

How Do You Sleep?

  • If you sleep on your back, a flat bed pillow  works best.
  • If you sleep on your side or your stomach, go for a pillow with good neck support.

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