Nothing is better than a good sleep. So like we invest our money in good bed, that is like we also need to invest in our sleeping pillow.
Nowadays we have a different type of pillows for sleeping and they are made from different material.
According to the Sleep Council, a good pillow should hold your head in the correct alignment – that is, in the same position as it would be if you were standing upright with good posture. The degree of support needed is different for everyone. One that is too soft will allow your head to fall back, placing pressure on your neck, while a pillow that is too hard will leave you stiff.
There’s also the question of hygiene – how old are those spare pillows lounging around in your cupboard or spare room, really? An adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night. Like all bedding, pillows should be washed from time to time, but it’s often a chore that gets put to one side. They’ll still retain bacteria and naturally occurring dirt and grime, so it’s recommended that you replace your pillows after two or three years.
When people think of pillows, they often think of comfort, and that is not wrong. Comfort is a big part of the quality of a good pillow. However, there is another very important issue to consider when looking for the right pillow for your bed—the support quality. This is especially true for side sleepers. People who prefer to sleep on their sides need a lot of extra support for their neck, so that the position they sleep in does not cause undue strain on their backs, shoulders and head.
Along with under the neck and head for support, there are several strategic pillow placements that can help side sleepers get a better night’s rest.
Hip Supporting Knee Pillow: Placing a pillow between the knees keeps the hips in proper alignment. Just like the neck, improper alignment of the hips forces the spine out of position and can cause nerve and muscle pain. Like the pillow used for neck and head support, the knee pillow must be giving enough to be luxuriously comfortable, and yet strong enough not to crush beneath the pressure of sleeping so that it becomes useless.
Back and Stomach Supporting Pillows: As soothing as sleeping on your side can be, it is also a position that causes general tension simply from having to hold a position that is less stable than back or stomach sleeping. Putting a support pillow behind your back, or in front of your stomach (and in the best case, both places) will provide complete support that keeps your body in position without straining muscles. The back and stomach support pillows need to be very firm so they do not flatten and lose their support under the strain of your full body pressure.
The stomach supporting pillow is even more important for pregnant women who find the pressure on their stomach’s to be painful in most sleeping positions. Picking the right pillow for all of the supporting positions is easier than you might think. All side sleeper position pillows have the same things in common: they are firm and won’t collapse, and they are comfortably soft.
There is one extra consideration when looking at buying body pillows for side sleepers. When looking for a side sleeper pillow that will support your back or stomach, consider buying the largest size available. Many of the great side sleeper pillows come in two or more of the common pillow sizes: standard, queen or king. King-sized pillows make better body pillows, but even a standard-sized pillow will work fine when you need it to.