5 Steps to Choosing the Best Pillow For You
A good night's sleep is essential if we are to have a productive day. One of the keys to sleeping well is to use the right pillow. Follow these simple steps to choose one that suits you and your sleeping style:
1. Determine Your Sleeping Style
First, figure out how you like to sleep - on your front, on your side, or on your back. The best time to do this is at night when you're already comfortable in bed. You can also make a note of the position you're in when you wake up - this is usually the way you will have slept for most of the night, so it is your natural sleeping style.
2. Find A Selection Of Pillows
Visit a store which is likely to have a large range of different pillows - department stores are usually best for this. Ignoring price for the moment, find a selection of pillows that suit your style. Often, they will be labeled 'side', 'front' or 'back', but if not, a front or back sleeper generally needs a thinner, softer pillow, while a side sleeper needs a thicker, firmer one.
3. Try Them Out
Once you've chosen a few pillows that meet your criteria, take them over to one of the store's display beds and test them out by lying on them in your usual sleeping position. Take note of how comfortable they are, and whether your head feels well supported. Also pay attention to whether your neck is in a comfortable position.
4. Buy The Best One
It is often tempting to buy pillows based on their price. However, seeing as you will spend as much as a third of your life lying on your pillow, it makes sense to choose one that is going to be comfortable and give you a good night's rest, regardless of its price.
5. Test It At Home
After purchasing your pillow, you should see how it feels now that you're sleeping on it for real in your own bed. Many stores will give you a refund on a used pillow provided you haven't had it too long, so don't feel you are stuck with whatever one you bought.
Choosing a pillow is a very simple process, and by following these steps you will ensure you get the best one for you and your sleeping style.
Paul has owned many pillows over the years and has come to realize that by investing in the best one he can find, he can really improve the quality of his sleep. He also uses a number of others, including a bed.