Did you know that you spend a third of your life sleeping away in dreamland? But did you also know that many people spend a third of their lives sleep on sub-par pillows that are doing no favors for their necks and quality of sleep?
If you’re one of those people who haven’t replaced your pillow in a while or are just in the market for a brand new one, this is the article for you. It’s time to say goodbye to that pillow that’s been on your bed for a year or longer. We’ll give you some time to say some last words.
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Like most things in life, pillows will break down over time. They’ll get lumpy or they just won’t feel comfortable over time. And that’s when you know it’s time to get in the market for the perfect new pillow. Whether you need the best pillows for sleep disorders or you just want to get a better night’s rest, below you will find the steps you need to take to pick out the best pillow for you.
Step 1: Figure Out When It’s Time to Replace Your Pillow.
There are plenty of tell-tale signs that your pillow is need of replacing. If your head hits your bed as soon as you lay your head on your pillow, it’s time for replacing. If there are weird lumps throughout it, you need to head to the store. If you keep tossing and turning, trying to get your head comfortable, it’s time to invest in a new pillow.
If you keep your old pillows for too long, you really threaten your physical health because of lack of sleep and the negative effects they can have on your neck and shoulders.
Step 2: Decide Your Go-To Sleep Position.
Are you a stomach-sleeper, a lay-on-your-back sleeper, or a curl-up-on-your-side sleeper? It may not seem so important which one you choose (of if you’re all of them), but this really could determine what kind of pillow you should pick out at the store.
If you’re one of the rare people who sleep on their stomach, you’re going to want to find a flat pillow that doesn’t have too much fluff to it. This keeps your spine properly aligned when sleeping. Sleeping on your back will call for a sturdier, but not too thick pillow. If you like to curl up on your side, go for a thicker and sturdier pillow for extra support.
Step 3: Choose What Kind of Material You Want.
There are more types of pillows out there than you would think. When you go to the store to pick out your perfect pillow, you might be a little overwhelmed from the sheer size of the choice in front of you.
First of all, you have your down pillows. These soft bundles of clouds are made from feathers and can be filled more or less, depending on how you sleep (described above).
Secondly, maybe you should look at wool or cotton pillows. These are going to be a lot more firm and sturdy than their down counterparts.
Thirdly, latex pillows are the perfect choice for you if need a pillow that is extra sturdy, but still can fit easily to the shape of your head and neck. Or if you have allergies to any materials!
Lastly, you could splurge for a memory foam pillow that will last you for ages and adapt to your specific sleep patterns.
Step 4: The Best Part. Testing Out Pillows!
Now, this is the part you’ve been waiting for. Once you’ve got a good idea of which kind or kinds of pillows you’re looking for, head over to the store and start trying them out!
Spend some time in the store trying out each kind of pillow and maybe even laying on one of the mattresses in-store to get a real-life idea of how they’ll work. Just don’t fall asleep!
Buying a new pillow is necessary every once in a while. Our old ones get saggy or lumpy or just don’t fit our needs anymore. Finding the perfect pillow for you is the first step to getting a better night’s sleep and having an overall better quality of life.