Choosing the right pillow is a personal circumstance. Each individual has their own preferences for a pillow, but it is important to have an adequate support for those 10 pounds of your head. There are various factors to consider in choosing the right pillow. These include:
- Sleeping position
The right pillow should be able to let your head and neck assume a neutral position while you sleep. Your head needs adequate support, but your neck should also be positioned properly in order to prevent neck strain during sleep. Choosing the right pillow require considering adequate support no matter what sleeping position you assume. For instance, if you frequently sleep on your back, a medium to firm pillow is the right one for you because you need to support your head and neck in a neutral position. The pillow needs to follow the natural contour of the head and neck at the back. If you sleep on your side, you should have a firmer pillow and when you sleep on your stomach, you need a soft pillow because sleeping on your stomach usually strains the neck when it is twisted. In addition, a soft pillow also supports the face when you lie on a prone position.
Conventional pillows are usually made with synthetic fibers, foam and feathers. The different types of pillows according to composition include:
- Natural Fill Pillow
A natural fill pillow is composed of down, feather or combination of the two. Downs are the fluffy insulation under the duck feathers that give them warmth. Feathers and downs are considered the best conforming pillows that support your head and neck. Natural fill pillows tend to be more expensive because of cost of manufacture. However, natural fill pillows are not best to those suffering from allergies because of possible proteins that may occur in the feathers and down. Nevertheless, there are natural fill pillows that are considered “allergy free”.
- Synthetic Fill Pillow
This type of pillow is made of polyester. These are hypoallergenic pillows and are very affordable, but they tend to have lesser support to the head and neck.
- Poly Cluster Fill Pillow
These are synthetic pillows made of polyester much like a synthetic fill pillow, but have silicone around the polyester to make it feel like a down pillow. This type of pillow is best for allergic sufferers who still want the feeling of lying in a down pillow.
- Memory Foam Pillow
This type of pillow is good at molding around the neck and head because of the dense and sponge-like characteristics. Memory foam pillows are usually firm. A few of these types of pillows are actually offered for you to check out at your next visit to Dr. Mohr, your local Wesley Chapel chiropractor.
As much as pillow type is important t, the pillow cover is also important. Choose those that have a high thread count, which means that there is a higher number of threads per square inch. This prevents the fill from coming out as well as prevents the impurities that may go in the pillow. Some pillow covers are antimicrobial and water-repellent.
- Pillow size
The size of your pillow should depend on its purpose or the size of your bed. There are various sizes of pillows such as standard pillow, queen pillow, king pillow, body pillow and travel pillow. Choose the one that suits your bed or for travelling.
Choosing the right pillow is very essential for you to avoid musculoskeletal problems especially in the head and neck while you sleep. The next time you buy your pillows, consider the above factors to get the most of your money.