Many people spend hours researching and comparing various mattress brands and models, and then they select a pillow with no second thought.
But because a good pillow can mean all the difference between a good night's sleep and one spent tossing and turning, it makes sense to spend a similar amount of time deciding which pillow you should purchase. However, one person's dream pillow may be another's nightmare, so it is important to select a pillow that best meets your specific needs.
Keep the following three considerations in mind when selecting a new pillow:
Your Sleeping Position
Whether they prefer sleeping on their back, side or stomach, most people tend to have a natural sleeping position. According to WebMD, the vast majority of people – 63 percent – sleep on their sides, while 14 and 16 percent of people sleep on their backs and stomachs, respectively.
This natural sleeping position should play an important role in your selection process. Generally speaking, side sleepers require very thick pillows, while back sleepers tend to be most comfortable with medium pillows. Stomach sleepers usually prefer very thin pillows or none at all. While you should start with the pillow profile most similar sleepers prefer, experiment with other thicknesses to ensure maximum comfort.
The Pillow's Fill Material
There are three basic types of fill material used in modern pillows: goose feathers, loose synthetic materials and memory foam. Goose feathers are the warmest of the three options, and many people find this fill to be the most comfortable. However, loose synthetic materials (such as polyester) offer only slightly less warmth and comfort, but they do not produce allergens.
Memory foam pillows are the coolest (temperature-wise) of the three, and they are typically hypoallergenic; however, some people do not find them comfortable, so be sure to try memory foam pillows before buying them.
The Price Point
Pillows often vary wildly in price – economy pillows may cost less than 10 dollars, while premium models often cost hundreds of dollars. A variety of factors can affect the price of a pillow, but the price point provides good clues about the pillow's quality. Premium pillows typically feature superior materials and craftsmanship, which makes them last longer.
While it isn't necessary to purchase the most expensive pillow available, it behooves you to avoid bargain pillows, given the number of hours you will spend laying on your pillow each day.