By : Briana Tan
16 August 2016
A good night’s sleep helps us wake up refreshed every morning!
Many of us grew up sleeping with a favourite pillow that we swore never to part with. While having a familiar pillow may let you sleep better, it is advisable to get a pillow that improves your sleep posture too.
Wondering how to wake up without neck aches or back pains? Read on to find out which kind of pillow is the most suitable for you!
There are many different kinds of pillows, ranging from firm to soft and from puffy to thin. To decide on the right pillow, it is important to consider your sleeping style.
Take a few nights to discover which sleeping position is your favourite. You may prefer sleeping on your side, your back or your stomach. Remember which position is the most comfortable for you, and take note of the sleeping position you wake up in.
By identifying your favourite sleeping position, you can narrow down the best pillow types for you:
• Stomach sleepers will need a soft and fairly flat pillow. This will allow the neck to stay more in line with the spine.
• Back sleepers will need a medium thick pillow. It has to be slightly firm to provide the neck adequate support.
• Side sleepers will need a thick and firm pillow for maximum neck support.
• Freestyle sleepers may find that they sleep in different positions all the time. If so, get a slightly soft pillow with medium thickness as it can be used comfortably in various sleeping positions.
The next thing to choose is the filling of your pillow. If you have some medical conditions, you may wish to avoid certain types of pillow fillings depending on your doctor’s advice.
Here are a few types of pillow fillings commonly available in the market:
• Feather fillings gives the pillow more firmness or loft and may be better for back and stomach sleepers.
• Wool or cotton fillings provide the pillow with a firmer hold and is recommended for side and back sleepers. Additionally, the wool can be removed or adjusted according to one’s pillow thickness preference.
• Latex fillings make a pillow elastic and resilient. These kind of pillows are good for people with allergies as they are resistant to mould. They can also be formed to fit your head and neck.
Besides regular pillows, there are also specialty pillows that come in different shapes and sizes. These pillows cater to people with various sleeping habits and health conditions.
• Positional pillows are ‘n’-shaped neck pillows and can help those with sleep apnea stay in their ideal sleeping position. Positional pillows may reduce tossing and turning throughout the night.
• Cervical pillows are extra firm in the middle and lower parts of the pillow to provide more support for the neck. This pillow can alleviate neck tension and headaches too.
• Anti-snore pillows position one’s head so that the airways are open as they lift the chin away up and away from the chest.
We hope you have got a clearer idea on how to choose the best pillow! Bonus tip: do check online for reviews on the different pillow types before making your purchase. Happy pillow shopping! 🙂