One of the challenges in getting a good night’s sleep is choosing your perfect pillow. There is no one size fits all pillow. In fact choosing the wrong pillow can increase headaches, neck pain, numbness in shoulders and arms, or create sneezing and wheezing due to allergens and chemicals.
Your focus should be to find your neutral alignment, where your head sits squarely on your shoulders without bending or reaching. There are several decisions to make when purchasing your perfect pillow…
Most experts say that children should not use a pillow at all since their skeletons are still forming and their little necks are delicate. Although, once a toddler leaves his/her crib a small, lightly filled pillow would be acceptable. Another concern is what’s inside their pillow. We recommend staying away from memory foam and other synthetic fabrics since they can contain numerous chemicals that can lead to many health issues. It is best to find a customizable pillow where you can control the level of filling inside the pillow.
What material inside your pillow works best to support your neck, back, and spine properly? Some examples of popular fillings for pillows are as follows…
Kapok – is resilient, conforms to your head and neck, hypoallergenic, mold and mildew resistant. Kapok tends to have a soft feel like down pillows but is much more supportive.
Organic buckwheat hulls – provides gentle support and will cradle your head and neck perfectly. Great for people with neck and back pain. As an added benefit it is hypoallergenic.
Pure Virgin Wool – hypoallergenic, dust mite repellant, body temperature regulating, resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. Pure wool is great for people who sleep hot or cold and also helps prevent allergens.
Organic cotton – great for people sensitive to chemicals and allergies. Your organic cotton is slightly softer than your typical cotton and makes for a very comfortable traditional pillow feel.
Natural Latex – dust mite resistant, hypoallergenic, mold and mildew resistant and contours to your neck. Natural latex pillows can be firm or soft depending on the method used to create the natural latex (Dunlop or Talalay) and the amount of fill.
Things to think about are what level of firmness is best for you – soft, medium, or firm? Do you sleep on your side, back, or stomach?
Back sleeper – tend to need a more solid supportive pillow. A good rule of thumb should be to keep your neck evenly aligned with the rest of your spine.
Side sleeper – tend to like a pillow that fills the neck-to-shoulder area without overextending the neck. Some things to consider is where do you place your arms when sleeping on your side. Kapok is our most popular fill for side sleepers.
Stomach sleeper – tend to either use an almost flat pillow or no pillow at all. The key is to not put strain on your neck and shoulders. In fact some people use a small pillow tucked under their stomach to avoid pressure on their back.
The best way to choose your pillow is by testing it out in the position that you sleep at night. Attention to detail is a must when choosing your perfect pillow.