Choosing the Correct pillow

A good night’s sleep is essential for well-being and choosing the right pillow is more important than you think. The right pillow can improve how well your body is positioned at night and the quality of your sleep. Some physicians even recommend that you have more than one type of pillow to choose from, depending on how you feel day-to-day.

When considering your pillow think about the following:

Sleep position

You may fall asleep on your side, but spend most of the night on your back or fall asleep on your back and remain that way. Some people even sleep on their stomach. Each different position requires unique support for your neck and shoulders, in order to keep them in alignment and reduce neck pain.
Those who sleep on their side, need an ergonomic pillow to fill the gap between ear and inner shoulder and support the neck.
Those who sleep on their backs require support for your upper shoulders and neck, but not as high as a “side-sleeper”.
Sleeping on one’s stomach is not optimal for your body, however there are specifically shaped pillows that can support your chest and neck area and keep them aligned, thereby reducing the impact of twisting your neck and compressing your organs if you sleep on your stomach.

Body size

The breadth of your shoulders influences the height of your pillow, specially if you sleep on your side. Generally speaking men require a bigger pillow than women.

Your mattress

The firmness of your mattress also influences the height of your pillow. A very soft mattress will make your pillow feel higher as you ‘sink into’ the mattress, whereas a firm mattress won’t. Lying on a mattress similar to the one you have at home is paramount when you are choosing your pillow.

Other considerations include:

  • Allergies
    If you suffer badly from allergies or if you’re not sure then stick with hypo-allergenic synthetic pillow fillings.
  • Sleep problems
    Snoring, sleep apnea, neck pain and back pain can be improved, treated and sometimes eliminated by choosing the correct pillow and combining with a quality mattress.

In pregnancy, additional support can be required in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Versatile pillows that can be used under the belly or between your knees (when sleeping on your side) or under the ankles (when sleeping on your back) are good choices to relieve discomfort in pregnancy.

The temperature-sensitive material used in all TEMPUR pillows softens as it responds to your body heat, conforming to the natural curvature of your head and neck and offering optimal comfort and support. This enables you to relax and enjoy a more restful sleep.

TEMPUR pillows are available in a range of sizes and shapes to accommodate all sleep positions and body types. The material is hypoallergenic, containing no commonly known allergens, and the pillow covers are antimicrobial-treated to inhibit the growth of microorganisms and improve freshness. All covers are certified to meet Oeko-Tex® 100 standards, which means they have been tested for harmful substances and pose no risk to health.