Once you’ve selected just the right mattress for you, there are a few more decisions that need to be made in order to add up to the perfect night’s sleep. Next most important, is probably your pillow. There are a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself when choosing the perfect pillow
Is it Time for a new one?
First, there are a few things you can do to help determine when it’s time for a new pillow. The sniff test is usually a good place to start. If it smells a little funky, it’s most likely time to toss it. If it’s lost its fluffy or springy quality and doesn’t bounce back like it used to, it’s time for a new one. Try folding it in half, and if it stays that way, it’s a clear sign that it’s seen better days. A good rule of thumb is to replace your pillow every two to three years.
Go to Sleep Position
For a good night’s sleep, everything should be aligned from your feet, knees, and legs, all the way up through your spine, shoulders, neck, and head. If your pillow is not providing your neck and shoulders with the support they need, it is likely that you’ll wake up sore. Although it will vary, specific sleep positions tend to match up best with certain pillow types. Side sleeps will typically want a pillow that is thick and firm. If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, a thin soft one will usually do just fine. Back sleepers usually like a flatter, but supportive pillow to keep the head and neck in line.
Pairing it With Your Mattress
Your mattress and pillow should go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you have a firm mattress, you can opt for a softer pillow because it is lying on a firm service. With a soft mattress, you’ll want to choose a firmer pillow to ensure your head and neck are still gaining proper support.
Hot or Cold Sleeper
If you’re someone that is constantly tossing and turning, throwing the covers off because you are hot, you’ll want to choose a pillow that does not contribute to the heat. Memory foam is a comfortable choice for many sleepers, but it may not be the best option for someone who is constantly hot. Rather, a down-filled pillow or one with a water reservoir inside can actually help to cool you down.