The Right Pillow Makes a Difference

When most people think about what is important in order to get a good night’s sleep, they automatically place the responsibility solely on the mattress. A great quality mattress is important, but what most people tend to forget is that the right pillow can be crucial in helping you achieve a good nights sleep.  Pillows not only impact the quality of your sleep but also how healthfully we rest.  Choosing the wrong pillow can add to neck pain, discomfort, arm and shoulder numbness and can affect snoring. Mattresses can often be very pricey, but a good pillow is attainable no matter what your budget may be! A common misconception is that all pillows are the same; basically, if you’ve seen one pillow you’ve seen them all. This could not be further from the truth. The goal of selecting a pillow is to help your head remain in a neutral alignment throughout the night, which means your head is aligned squarely with your shoulders.  There should be no bending back too far or reaching to far forward. The right pillow can promote this healthy head and neck position and greatly increase the quality of your sleep.

When do we know if it is time to purchase a new pillow?  Experts say you should buy a pillow every 12 to 18 months.  They suggest after 2 years it should definitely go and if you are sleeping on a new pillow of poor quality, it is also time to purchase a new one.  If your pillow is past its prime, it may contain skin cells, mildew, dust mites, or fungus.  These unwanted additions can make up more than half of an older pillows weight. It is also a good idea to purchase a good quality pillow when you purchase a new mattress. This will ensure a restful nights sleep from day one!

Just like with a mattress, you should always consider your sleep position or positions before purchasing a new pillow. For example, If you are a back sleeper you need a thinner pillow with extra Loft in the bottom third to cradle your neck.  A thinner pillow will keep your head from being thrown too far forward.  If you are a stomach sleeper, side sleeper or sleep in multiple positions throughout the night, we can help you find the pillow that is right for you! Contact one of our Mattress Specialists by email or by calling 1.800.385.8319. They are always ready to answer any questions you may have.

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