If you think you don’t need new pillows, you should know that they should be changed every 18 months or so. Over time, pillows can become loaded with mold, dust mites and dead skin cells, which can increase allergies and even cause certain illnesses.
Disgusting isn’t it? Luckily, a pillow protector can extend the life of your pillow. But if you’re not using the right pillow yet (the one that’s right for your sleeping habits), it’s time to start doing it: a wrong pillow can cause severe pain or allergies.
At which position do you sleep in?
To guide your research, first consider the position in which you sleep. The pillow should adequately support your neck and reduce strain on your back to prevent pain upon waking up. Here is a cheat sheet of the features that the pillow should have that meets your needs:
- Those who sleep on their stomachs should use a well-padded, soft pillow to support the weight of the head and neck by placing them at a comfortable angle. See here some of our favorite pillows that you agree.
- Those who sleep on their backs will want a semi-firm pillow so that their head and neck are in an optimal position. If you sleep on your back, you may also want to place a pillow under your knees to reduce pressure on your spine. Try one of these .
- Those who sleep on their side will find that firm, thick pillows are the most comfortable to provide all the support their head, neck and shoulders need. A word of advice: bring your legs slightly towards your torso and sleep with a pillow (ideally, a body pillow) between your knees.
If you’re struggling with neck pain, consider treating yourself to a memory foam pillow. Memory foam conforms to the shape of your head and neck, providing you with optimal support.
If you have allergies, shop accordingly.
Allergies are another important variable in choosing the right pillow. Even if you change your pillow every 18 months, you may still have allergies or asthma problems. Is this your case? Consider trying a synthetic fiber, microfiber, or wool pillow. These materials all offer natural protection against dust mites. The wool pillow from the Australian Wool collection is ideal for reducing the presence of allergens and for wicking away moisture that the body produces.