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How to Choose the Right Pillow

Most people do not put a lot of thought into selecting a new pillow – after all, they mostly all serve the same purpose, don’t they? It’s a cushion for your head, and it’s there to provide comfort while you sleep. What’s so complicated about that? Surely any old pillow will do the trick, won’t it?

In actuality, there are many pillow variants out there, and it makes sense to consider the better the pillow, the better the night’s sleep. Especially if you’re one of those people who often wake up with discomfort, or a stiff neck/shoulder pain in the morning, a good pillow could greatly improve your comfort during the night, giving you a better night’s sleep and helping you feel all the better to get on with your day.

How to choose a pillow

One of the most important things a pillow should do to is keep your spine properly aligned while you are sleeping. Finding a pillow that can do that is what you need to do!

Sleeping position

Think about your own sleeping style. Do you sleep on your back, your side, or your stomach? People who sleep on their stomach generally prefer thinner, softer pillows or can even sleep well without a pillow at all. If you sleep on your back, you may prefer a medium or thin pillow. Side sleepers often go for the most substantial sized pillows, they need a piloow with a higher loft, so it will cover the distance between their head and shoulder.

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Allergies are another thing to consider when choosing your perfect pillow. If you do have any allergies, such as foam or feathers (these are rare things to be allergic to, but it does happen) it is wise to pay attention to the contents of your pillow, just to make sure you aren’t buying anything that could cause you discomfort.

Sleep problems

There are certain specialized pillow options for people suffering from issues such as neck pain, sleep apnea, snoring etc. – although in most cases a good fix for some of these problems is, surprisingly enough, investing in a good quality pillow. Specialized pillows are necessary only in rare cases, when even a properly chosen pillow doesn’t really help.


Now comes the time to consider your budget. If you’re intent on buying a reasonably good yet affordable pillow, $30 – $35 should be perfectly acceptable. The best pillows usually do not cost more than $80, although it should also be noted that just like anything, the most expensive pillow is not necessarily the best for you. Just in the same way, opting for the cheapest pillow is not usually the best idea either. If you’re willing to spend an extra $10 or $20 on a good quality pillow, you may find it’s worth it in terms of comfort. After all, what price would you put on a good night’s sleep?

Now you know how to choose a pillow, and the many factors which feature into it, such as fabrics, thread counts, padding, shape, size, or whether you sleep alone or with a partner. Pillow selection is a very personal and individual experience, which should require some thought. Saying that, it should not be seen as an incredibly serious pursuit, and once you have selected the right pillow for you, you will reap the benefits in your sleep. And finally, good luck selecting your perfect pillow!