Pillow Talk: Find the Pillow That's Right for You

There is no reason you should put your head on an uncomfortable pillow every night. The right pillow can help relieve back and neck pain or simply make it easier to fall asleep. So ditch those ratty, old, unsupportive pillows for a new cozy bed companion.

Since no pillow can last forever, you should get a new pillow about every two years; this will help ensure better sleep consistently. Whatever your pillow needs are, one of the following will have you sleeping as snug as a bug in a rug.

Feather: Although not known for their support, feather pillows are still soft and moldable. These are not the best choice for people who are prone to allergies because they are composed mostly of geese and duck feathers. Be sure to smell this product before purchasing. You do not want to lay down for bed only to realize your pillow’s scent is reminiscent of a farm. These pillows are a good choice for those who normally sleep on their stomachs. According to, the #1 Sleep Product Research website, most stomach sleepers out there prefer pillows with thin support because too often they get a pillow that is too high, which can result in a crooked neck.

Down: Unlike feather pillows, their main competitor, down pillows are usually more quiet. Like feather pillows, down pillows tend to be soft and moldable with little support and may have an odor. Down pillows are normally the more expensive of the two since this pillow is filled with the insulating soft plumage found under the feathers of geese and ducks. As previously stated, these pillows are best for those who doze off on their stomachs.

Memory Foam: The soft and supportive nature of a memory foam pillow make for a wonderful option for sleep. These pillows differ greatly depending on what shape/style you get. Odor is not usually an issue. In general, memory foam pillows have good, solid support, especially compared to down and feather pillows. Ideal for people who sleep on their backs or sides, this pillow offers just enough support for a comfortable snooze. Make sure the pillow’s loft is not too low or high; it should maintain your neck’s natural position.

Neck, Back or Lumbar: Specifically geared toward people who have neck and or back pain, these pillows can help alleviate that pain by supporting the parts of your back or neck that need it. If your pain is severe and constant, consult a specialist who can give you the attention and time you need since these pillow are not a one-size-fits-all. Relax The Back® is a great and knowledgable company that has helped many with their back and neck problems.

Body: This option is amazing for all you side-sleepers out there. Long and cylindrical-shaped body pillows fit nicely against your body and in-between your legs, if so desired. People who tend to sleep on their sides find comfort in having something next to them, making it easier to fall asleep. We are talking to all of you who used to cuddle with your favorite plush toy as a child, or still do!

If you are one of those people who sleeps in a different position every night, then it is in your best interest to buy a few different pillows to accommodate your sleeping needs. The best places to find pillows are any major department store, Bed Bath and Beyond or a pillow specialty store. You do not need to break the bank for a new pillow, but take some time and shop around before committing to one. Do not forget to wash your pillowcase once a week to prevent your face from breaking out; a clean pillow equals a clean face.

By: Julia Taylor | Image: Source

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