In order to ensure peaceful and restful nights, it’s important to find a pillow that’s perfect for you. But what criteria would you need to take into account? Consider the below to help you make your choice.
Shape and dimensions
There are two main pillow shapes, the rectangle and the square. Each shape comes in several sizes but the most common ones are 40 x 70 cm and 50 x 75 cm for rectangular pillows and 60 x 60 cm and 65 x 65 cm for square pillows.
In addition to these standard shapes and dimensions, you’ll also find pillows that are made to assist with specific issues, such as ones designed specifically for neck pain, anti-snoring pillows to help sleepers stay on their side, and travel pillows.
A pillow consists of an outer fabric envelope, filled with materials of natural or synthetic origin. The main types of filling include:
- Wool: This is a natural material. The fibre is very breathable and adapts well to body temperature.
- Feathers and down of ducks and geese: This filling results in a very soft and squishy, mouldable pillow.
- Shape memory foam: Memory foam conforms to the shape of the sleeper’s neck and becomes even more flexible with increasing temperature.
- Synthetic fillings: These are hygienic and allergy-free alternatives.
Degree of firmness
The firmness of your mattress may be important, but so is the degree of firmness of your pillow. As with mattresses, there is no one ideal degree of firmness but there is the right degree of firmness for you. With pillows, this depends on your preferences and on the position you sleep in.
If you sleep on your stomach, you can choose a flat pillow. If you sleep on your back, a medium-firm pillow that can support your head and neck is ideal. And if you sleep on your side, it’s recommended that you use a firm pillow that helps you preserve the natural alignment of the spine and fills in the gap between the mattress and the neck.