How to choose a pillow for the best sleep ever

Let’s have some pillow talk. We spend roughly one third of our lives asleep, so it’s vital that we choose a pillow that gives us the support and comfort we need to get a good night’s rest. Choose the wrong pillow and you could end up suffering from muscle aches and headaches, as well as tiredness during the day.

Not only that but we’re all human, and each night we shed a wide and varied list of things like dead skin cells and hair, which can build up over time. This build up can eventually lead to your pillow giving off an odour and irritating your face and scalp. Plus an old and smelly pillow soon attracts critters like dust mites.

Therefore, it’s important to replace your pillow when necessary to keep your bedroom, as well as your mind, feeling fresh.

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When should I replace my pillow?

There’s no definitive answer to this question, but you should think about replacing your pillow if:

You notice any permanent stains

You notice lumps in the filler material

You regularly wake up with aches and pains

You wake up regularly during the night due to discomfort, and feel fatigued the following day

As a general rule, you should start thinking about replacing your pillow if you’ve had it for 18 months.

So now you know it’s time to replace your pillow, ask yourself the following questions:

How do I usually sleep?

The way you sleep in your bed influences which type of pillow will benefit you the most:

If you sleep on your side, choose a pillow with a higher thickness. You should also consider putting a soft pillow between your knees for extra comfort and support.

If you sleep on your back, choose a pillow with a medium thickness. Alternatively, you may benefit from a memory-foam or orthopaedic pillow.

If you sleep on your stomach, you’ll be more comfortable with a softer pillow.

Do I suffer from any allergies?

When it comes to choosing a pillow, it’s important to consider any allergies you may have. So if, for example, you’re allergic to feathers, it’s best to avoid pillows with a down filling as this could aggravate your allergy and affect your sleep. Opt for a pillow with a synthetic filling instead.

How much do I want to spend on my pillow? 

Just like mattresses and duvets, pillows come in a range of prices. Here at Bensons for Beds, we have a wide variety of pillows to suit all budgets, ranging from our Anti-Allergy Fibrelite Pillow at £9.99 to the Original Memory Foam Pillow at £99.99.

Discover everything you need to know about pillows on the Bensons blog. Or while you’re here, why not take a look at our entire ranges of mattresses and bedding? So you can create the perfect place to lay your head and get a good night’s sleep.


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