There's nothing more comforting than a new mattress, new pillows and clean bedding when you head to sleep at night. While you should replace your mattress ever 7 or 8 years, you should update your pillows more frequently. After 1-2 years, pillows can collect mold, dust mites, skin cells and more, which can make sleeping more difficult, especially if you have allergies. It's important to replace old pillows ever 12-24 months to improve sleep, spine alignment and more.
When you shop for pillows for your bed, you may think that just any old pillow will do, but there are actually a variety of pillows designed to accommodate different types of sleepers. Much like mattresses, different people have different needs. Not everyone sleeps in the same position every night, and that can make a huge difference. Whether you're a side sleeper or a back sleeper, your pillow can improve the way you sleep.
When you buy a bed pillow to sleep on, it's important that you keep in mind how you sleep. If you're a side sleeper, you want to have a longer pillow that you can wrap your body around. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees is better for posture and lower back pain than without. A body pillow offers the length you need to wrap around the pillow as you sleep on your side. Specially designed pillows will cradle your head and neck to ensure that your spine stays aligned. A thicker pillow is also beneficial for side sleepers, as you'll need extra support to keep your spine aligned.
For back sleepers, a smaller pillow is more beneficial. Because neck alignment is more natural when you sleep on your back, a thinner pillow will allow for your neck and spine to rest easily in a neutral position. A pillow that is too high or low can be uncomfortable and cause pain. The pillow size also depends on the type of mattress that you have. If your mattress is more firm, your neck and shoulders will be okay with a slightly thicker pillow, but with an extra soft mattress, you'll want a thinner pillow. You're less likely to wake up stiff with neck pain if you have the perfect pillow for your sleeping style.
If you're a stomach sleeper, you'll want to have a thin pillow that you can lay your chest on. If your pillow is too thick or high, you're likely to wake up with a crooked neck. While it's recommended to avoid sleeping on your stomach, you can make the best of your sleep style with a firm mattress pad and pillow. For people who sleep in multiple positions throughout the night, your best bet is a pillow with medium thickness or multiple pillows to accommodate your needs.
When it comes to the right pillows for back, stomach and side sleepers, there are still many additional choices that you can make. In addition to the shape and design, you'll also find pillows made from a variety of different materials. If you prefer softer, more luxurious pillows, down, down-alternative and feather pillows offer a cozy and flexible pillow. Of course, they don't offer the same support that you may find from a buckwheat or memory foam pillow, which can be significantly more firm than other options. Most commonly, you'll find inexpensive polyester pillows that offer a happy medium between firm and soft pillows for a reasonable price.
Getting a good night's sleep is important. When you have the right pillows and mattress, you'll sleep better and rest easier. Wake up every morning feeling rested and ready to start the day when you have a supportive pillow and mattress designed to accommodate your needs.