Our Guide on How to Choose a Pillow 2021
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 | Paul
If the average person's sleep is eight hours (i.e one third of a day), we sleep for roughly a third of our lives. That's a lot of bedtime. Logically, if we spend this much time asleep, it stands to reason that the quality of our sleep time will naturally affect our waking hours.
Choosing a quality pillow is more than just a moment's consideration - which, incidentally, is why a lot of people have trouble finding the right one. That's why here at Health and Care, we've made things easier, and collected the best advice and pillows available. Tight for cash, limited by time, or overwhelmed by the possibilites, we've got you covered.
How Do I Pick My Pillow?
When it comes down to facts, your pillow's primary role is supporting you in your favourite sleeping position. By support, we mean keep your head, spine and neck all in a neutral alignment to support the natural curvature of the spine. When you get this right, not only will neck pain cease to be, but so will the pressure that's built up all over your body.
Choosing the Fill of Your Pillow
Now you've identified the kind of pillow you need for your sleeping position, let's consider some other choices. Pillows come in all shapes and sizes, and that means some are better than others.
Best Pillow for Ear Pain
A quirky but effective way of eliminating ear pain, The Original Pillow with a Hole is stuffed with hypoallergenic hollow-fibre, excellent for those who suffer from allergies. With a light, springy feel, the Original Pillow with a Hole is excellent for side-sleepers, especially those who suffer from Chondrodermatitis.
Key Features: Pillow with an ear hole; hypoallergenic; light; springy; side-sleepers
Best Pillow for Neck Pain
The Harley Original Contour Neck Support Pillow for Neck Pain is an excellent choice for both back and side sleepers. Moulded from liquid foam into the optimal contours, the pillow provides optimal support to the neck and shoulders. Recommended by health & care professionals for over 15 years, the Harley Pillow achieves the perfect balance between softness and firmness.
Key Features: For back and side sleepers; neck pain; soft and firm; liquid foam
Best Pillow for Side Sleepers
An orthopedic pillow, the Therapeutica Spinal Alignment Orthopedic Pillow for Neck Pain provides you with crucial support for your head, neck and shoulders, making it the perfect side-sleeper pillow. If you don't want to sleep on your side, the "Wedge Extension" provides excellent upper back support. This pillow is already supplied with a specialised pillow cover, so no need to purchase another.
Key Features: Wedge extension; upper back support; spinal alignment; specialised pillow cover
Best Cervical Roll for Shoulder Pain
A great alternative to a brand new pillow, the Mckenzie Cervical Roll Cushion can be placed inside your current pillowcase for added shoulder and neck support. This pillow is an excellent choice if you don't want to change the design of your bed, and helps to align your spine in a similar manner to the above cushions. Combining this roll cushion with a lighter, soft pillow makes it excellent for back sleepers.
Key Features: Boosts the support of your current pillow, an ideal choice if you're reluctant to change pillows
Best All-Round Pillow
A fully insulated and fibre lined pillow, Mediflow Water Base Orthopaedic Pillow improves the overall quality of your sleep by utilising a water-filled base. The water shapes to the wearer's neck and head, allowing for a natural and unimpaired night's sleep. Even better, a clinical trial by the John Hopkins School of Medicine found that this pillow ranked best overall in quality of sleep, which included tests on how quick subjects fell asleep and how many times subjects woke up.
Key Features: Water-based, natural, John Hopkins certified best pillow, moulds to wearer's neck and head shape
Good Luck On Your Pillow Hunt
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