Sleep quality affects all areas of our lives, from emotional wellbeing to our ability to concentrate. Many different situations play a role in how well you sleep. One item that can have a significant effect on your sleep quality is the pillow you sleep on. Thankfully, there are many different types of pillows with various attributes to choose from. Let’s discover the list of some pillow options.

Feather Pillows

feather pillows

Feather pillows are known for their comfort and softness. However, they are not only about the fluffiness. High-quality feather pillows contain small, highly curled feathers. Grouped together they give you a plush surface to rest your tired head on.

If support paired with moldability is what you are after, choose a feather pillow. These pillows provide more comfort than their soft counterpart, down pillows. Furthermore, feather pillows contours your head and well. Additionally, if you scrunch the pillow it will provide support wherever your neck needs it.

Advantages of Feather Pillows:

  • Feather pillows are quite light when compared to other pillows.
  • Another advantage of feather pillows is their longevity. If you buy one today, you will probably only have to replace it in ten years time.
  • The longevity of feather pillows makes them an excellent investment.

Down Pillows

For those that want to buy the gentlest, softest pillow available, consider a down headrest. Manufacturers make down pillows from a bird’s fluffy undercoat. The down pillow is similar to its family member, the feather pillow. Only a down pillow consists of feathers with their quills removed. With next level softness, down pillows are light, fluffy and supple. While many consider them the height of luxury, do not use down headrests for support.

Other advantages include malleability and extended loft hold. Down sustains its loft a lot longer than synthetic options, holding onto it up to three times longer. Pillows filled with down also hold their shape well, moulding to your head.
One big disadvantage of the down and feather pillow is the price that the birds pay. Sadly, neither of the two methods by which feathers are gathered (live plucking and post-mortem collection) can be considered humane.

Memory Foam Pillows

Memory foam pillows like the Sealy My Memory Pillow provide amazing support. In order to provide this support, they adjust to your unique head and neck shape. Memory foam headrests help you avoid waking up with a crick in your neck by using dense material to stop your neck from bending in an uncomfortable way. The pillow makes slight adjustments through the night to accommodate for small movements in your head’s position. As a result, your head, neck and spine stay aligned in a natural position all night.
Another advantage of memory foam is its ability to reduce snoring. Many normal pillows cause your air passages to close by tilting your head backwards. However, memory foam pillows’ ability to conform to your neck allows your air passages to remain open.
The many different shapes and sizes of memory foam headrests allow you to choose one that fits you perfectly.

Buckwheat Pillows

Buckwheat pillows are the perfect choice if you are looking for an all-natural, eco-friendly option. The eco-friendly filler in these headrests is buckwheat seed husks. The husks allow gaps for air to form and remain, making resistance to pressure is a natural quality of these pillows. Air flows through the pillow and dissipates any heat from your body. You will not have to wake up in the middle of the night to turn your pillow over to the cool side anymore. With buckwheat pillows, both sides stay cool.
Used for centuries in many Asian countries, buckwheat headrests offer breathability paired with hard support.

Microfiber Pillows

Microfibre headrests like the Lifson Microfiber – Standard Pillow have been around for a long time. However, it is only recently that they are growing in popularity. This rise in popularity is due to their affordability and how easy to clean they are. Manufacturers usually make microfibre pillows from nylon and polyester. Amazingly, each microfibre thread is finer than a single strand of human hair or silk. As a result, despite being synthetic these pillows are extremely comfortable.

Latex Pillows

Latex pillows such as the Orthopedic Squeeze Me – Latex Pillow are made from a polymer that rubber trees produce. Comfortable and supportive, they keep you fresh while you sleep. These headrests ensure that you are always supported. Cushioning your head as you sleep, latex pillows contour to your neck to aid proper spinal alignment. Latex is also antimicrobial and antibacterial. On top of that, it is also dust mite and mildew resistant. This makes it a perfect match for those with allergies or sensitive skin.
Although they cost a little bit more than your standard pillow, their durability makes them a wise investment. Latex pillows will serve you for many years with comfort, support and restful sleep.

Gel Pillows

The Sealy Coolsmart Gel Pillow and its brethren provide support and a comfortably cool surface to sleep on. In every season except winter, our heads give off more heat than any other body part. A pillow that absorbs this heat can make sleeping an uncomfortable experience. We start trying to find a cooler spot on our pillow subconsciously, making us toss and turn. This is not optimal for restful sleep.
With Sealy’s cooling ventilation gel headrests you can ensure that you stay cool in hot weather. They also keep you warm in winter. Anyone who finds themselves waking up to flip their pillow should look into buying a gel pillow.

Pillows for Specific Concerns

1. Neck Pillow

Neck pillows are specially designed to correct any spinal misalignment. A special baffle supports your spine. This makes sure your neck is in the correct position to make comfortable sleep possible. Significantly reducing tossing, turning or any other discomfort, neck pillows relax your muscles and promote peaceful sleep.

2. Sleep Apnea Pillow

Those that require a CPAP machine to sleep should consider a specially designed sleep apnea pillow. Foam or polyester fibre are usually what make up these headrests. The unique design of a sleep apnea pillow is specifically to accommodate the many tubes and cords of a CPAP machine. Regular pillows may not meet all your needs if you suffer from sleep apnea. Using a pillow made with your unique requirements in mind can make all the difference to your quality of sleep.

3. Microbead Pillow

Thousands of tiny beads make-up each microbead pillow. Sleepers with allergies will benefit greatly from such a microbead pillow. This is due to their natural inability to absorb moisture. As a result, the growth of bacteria, fungus and dust mites is hindered. Anyone who suffers from mild to severe allergies will find a microbead pillow to be the best choice.
Besides having hypoallergenic properties, microbead headrests also help dissipate heat. This helps assist with heat retention problems. Even airflow through the pillow allows heat to escape quicker. Therefore, avoiding discomfort from the build-up of heat.
Microbead pillows provide firm support for your neck and head. Pillows filled with microbeads have the ability to conform to your unique head shape. Microbead pillows adjust according to each sleeping position. They morph constantly to provide comfort at every turn. Sleeping on a microbead pillow will result in a cooler, more pleasant night of sleep.

Choosing a Pillow Cover

Pillow covers and protectors are vital to maintaining a hygienic sleep environment. Protecting your pillow from daily wear, they can also prevent dust mites and can halt bed bugs. If you want to increase your pillow’s lifespan choosing the right pillow cover fabric is something that requires some thought. First, consider daily wear and tear and how necessary it is to protect against spills. Then look at which fabric suits your requirements best.

Wear And Tear

If left unprotected, daily wear and tear can make your pillow fade. It can acquire holes and get dirty over time. Providing an extra layer of protection, standard pillowcases such as Protect·A·Bed Premium Deluxe Pillow Protector – Standard can prevent some of this damage.

Spills, Stains & Incontinence

Waterproof pillow covers protect against any accidental spills, sweat or stains. The waterproof layer will prevent your pillow from absorbing any moisture that it comes into contact with during the night. The absorption of liquids can make pillows give off unappealing smells, especially when it comes to feather or down pillows. Protecting headrests that are used every day is essential to maintaining their cleanliness.

Pillow Covers

Cotton Pillow Covers

One of the most commonly chosen materials for pillow covers is cotton. Cotton is a breathable natural material that makes for a comfortable night’s sleep. Cotton pillow covers are breathable and soft. There is also the option of using cotton fabric that has not been treated with chemicals or pesticides.

Polyester Pillow Covers

Polyester is another commonly used fabric for pillow covers. Easy to wash and maintain, polyester is also less expensive than other fabrics. The variety of textures available is another advantage. Polyester pillow covers can stretch, adjusting themselves to conform to different pillow shapes. Despite not being as cool as other fabrics, polyester covers maximize comfort and protection.

Bamboo Pillow Covers

The naturally soothing qualities of bamboo fabric have made bamboo pillow covers popular. Bamboo pillow covers are moisture-wicking, thus preventing the growth of bacteria. Being hypoallergenic, bamboo fabric promotes restful sleep for those with sensitivities.

Waterproof Pillow Covers

Waterproof pillow covers like the Bamboo Waterproof Pillow Protector protect pillows from any moisture or accidental spills. Providing a barrier against dust mites and bed bugs, waterproof pillow covers are easy to clean. The durability of waterproof fabrics like vinyl, plastic and polyurethane is another plus.

After all is said and done, there is no single perfect pillow that meets every person’s needs. Everyone is unique and has different needs. Thankfully, there are many different pillow and pillow cover combinations to choose from. Do some mixing and matching and you are sure to find the one for you!

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