Tips for Choosing the Right Pillows for Your Needs

By: John Garcia | Date Posted: June 28, 2022

We need to take a lot of factors into consideration when we try to create the perfect bedroom oasis in our homes. For example, we want plush carpeting or soft rugs underfoot, drapery to keep the room dark, plenty of storage space, soft-touch bedding, a pretty quilt cover, and a mattress that suits us well.

It is true that many people do not pay sufficient attention to the pillows that they choose to place on their beds, however, this is something that should be taken seriously.

In order to get a good night’s sleep regularly and ease your body’s pressure points and help you relax and feel better, choosing the right pillow is a big consideration.

Choosing the Right Pillows for Your Needs

Think About Your Sleep Position

When you need to buy a new pillow so that you can place your head comfortably, you should think about how you sleep. Do you tend to be a back, stomach, or side sleeper? In order to avoid waking up with an inflamed neck or shoulder, it is very important to keep your head and neck aligned as straight as possible while you sleep.

Sleeping positions vary, however, and this has an impact on how you should be using your pillow. For people who would rather sleep on their side, the best pillow would usually be a firm one that is tall and firm.

For someone who sleeps on their back, a pillow that’s a bit lower will be required; however, for someone who sleeps on their stomach, a pillow that’s even lower will be required in order to maintain the correct alignment.

Examine Firmness Level

Examining Pillow Firmness Level

Obviously, you don’t want a pillow that’s too soft or too hard for your needs, which is why trying out a few different options is a great way to know what works for you and keeps your neck aligned.

As well, when shopping for pillows, it is important that you take the firmness of your mattress into account when making your selection. If you sleep every night on a soft mattress that your body sinks into, such as a memory foam or latex option, you’ll likely need a thinner pillow to keep alignment. For a firmer mattress, though, go higher with a fuller product.

Consider If You Need Special Support

It is possible, as well, that, from time to time, you will also need to purchase a pillow that is specifically designed to provide you with support. There are several factors we need to consider when choosing pillows for our heads, but we may also need to consider some other factors as well.

Pregnant women might want to consider buying themselves a long body pillow that they can rest up against and snuggle up to, to help them feel more comfortable during their pregnancy.

In contrast, if you suffer from sore knees or hips, or suffer from burning legs or feet in the middle of the night, then you may want to consider placing a small pillow under your knees or in between your legs. Some people require a quality wedge pillow to provide ergonomic support for their back, too.

Look at the Types of Materials Used

Types of Materials Used

There is no doubt that when you browse through online or in-store choices for pillows, you will notice that the pillows are made out of a variety of materials.

Thus, you should definitely know which type you’re looking for as a result. It is important to understand that there are many types of pillows that use goose or duck down.

All of them are soft and fluffy, as well as able to be reshaped. They flatten over time, though, and are more expensive and, of course, not an animal-friendly option.

No Animal Products Used

You can find down-alternative pillows on the market if you are interested in something that does not involve the use of animal products. The soft materials used in these products are designed to simulate goose down or duck down, even though they feature synthetic substitutes for natural materials.

Due to their lower price tag and their reputation for retaining less heat than actual down, they are the perfect choice for anyone who gets hot while lying down or sleeping at night.

Another option to consider is latex pillows made from shredded or foam latex. They have a soft, springy feel and retain their shape well. If you have a latex allergy, they won’t work for you, but otherwise, the material regulates temperature well and provides numerous benefits, including being more of a natural solution and environmentally friendly as well.

Alternatively, you might put memory foam pillows on your radar. Featuring a solid block of foam or shredded pieces of the substance, they can feel reasonably firm yet conform to the shape of your head over time. On the other hand, there is the main disadvantage: they get very hot, unfortunately.

Polyester is the Cheapest Material that is used for Pillows

It is generally accepted that polyester is the cheapest material to use for pillows when it comes to quality and price. There are various firmness level options available for these cushions, and they are filled with a polyester substance.

However, they do lose their shape much more quickly than other products, despite the fact that they offer gentle support.

You should also remember to read the care instructions carefully and to find out about the return and exchange options as well as if a trial period is available so you can return the pillows if they are not suitable for your body.

Don’t Give up in your search for the Perfect Pillow

If you can’t find what you’re looking for right away, don’t give up if you don’t get it right on the first try. Sometimes it takes a few tries to finally find the perfect product.

I would suggest that you keep shopping and testing, and soon enough you will find a pillow that you will love to use every night.

Thank you for reading!


John is the founder and chief editor of Homienjoy. With over 15 years of experience in the home improvement industry, John is passionate about helping homeowners confidently tackle their projects. Holding a civil engineering degree and working as a contractor, project manager, and consultant, John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Homienjoy community.

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