If you want a good night’s sleep, you must have quality bedding. While a mattress is critical to help you receive the deep sleep that your body needs, a pillow should never be overlooked. A poor pillow can cause you to wake up with a sore neck and shoulders. It can also make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep as you move throughout the night.
As you consider your next pillow, don’t choose the first one on the shelf of the local store. Here are five features you should look for when buying a pillow.
1. Pillow Filling
Pillows are made from a variety of materials and the type of filling you choose will affect the lifespan of the pillow, its support, and the amount of comfort it provides. The most popular type of fillings include memory foam, foam, feathers, polyester, and cotton.
2. Pillow Size
The size of the pillow you choose matters. You want to choose a pillow that is the same size as your bed. For example, if you sleep on a queen-size mattress, consider two queen pillows. The suitably sized pillows will not only make the bed appear more enticing but it will ensure there is plenty of comfort and support no matter where you lay down.
3. Pillow Firmness
As you consider a pillow, you want to consider your preferred sleeping position as this will affect the level of firmness you need in a pillow. For example, back and stomach sleepers should consider a softer pillow — such as one filled with down — as this will allow your head and shoulders to relax and sink in. Side sleepers should consider a firmer pillow as this provides more support for the neck and spine.
The wrong pillow can trap heat, causing you to be hot and uncomfortable all night long. You want to search for a cool pillow that dissipates heat and allows you to sleep cool and comfortable hours after laying down. For example, Cool-Jam’s Gel Dough + Z Gel pillow features two powerful technologies that combine to keep you cool. The gel dough creates a cool, soft memory foam feel while the Z Gel will distribute the heat away from your body.
As you search for pillows that keep you cool, make sure to pay attention to pillow covers. You want to purchase cool pillow covers that dissipate heat as well for the ultimate sleeping experience.
5. Pillow Care
Most experts recommend that you replace your pillow every one to two years. However, this timeline can vary depending on the quality of materials in the pillow and how you care for the pillow. To keep your pillow well maintained, you should wash it at least once every six months. It is also important that you follow the specific care guidelines for the pillow and the materials. For example, you will have different care requirements for a feather pillow than one filled with cotton. Make sure you are willing to follow the washing recommendations before you purchase a specific type of product.
If it is time for you to get a new pillow, consider a Cool-Jam’s pillow. These products feature advanced technology to keep you cool, comfortable, and supported all night long.