What Kind of New Pillow Should You Buy?

Do you dream about a deep slumber that lasts all night?  There are many, many things that can keep us from sleeping soundly, and if you’re not sleeping as well as you like, you should definitely discuss it with your doctor.  One thing you may be told, however, is to evaluate whether your bedding is supportive and appropriate for your sleep style.  The problem is, there are so many different types of pillows on the market these days, and each one offers something different.  How can you choose?  Here are a few tips:

  1. Learn as much about pillows as you can before visiting a store. One place to visit is our “Recommended Sleep Products” section, which has information about many different types of bedding, from pillows to mattress pads to mattress toppers.
  2. Don’t go cheap. The only thing you’ll accomplish by buying a cheap pillow is ensuring that you’ll need to buy another one sooner.  You’ll also miss out on some quality sleep in the meantime.  Inexpensive pillows are generally made from inferior materials, and thus lose their shape and loft quicker.
  3. Buy a pillow based on your sleep style. If you’re a side sleeper, your pillow should have a higher “loft,” or height, to support your neck.  Back or stomach sleepers should use a pillow with a lower loft.
  4. Replace your pillow on a schedule. You should replace your pillow every 18 months or so.  If you wait any longer than that, it can lose its supportiveness and could even start to grow bacteria.
  5. Consider a mattress topper or a mattress pad. Toppers and pads can dramatically improve the comfort of your mattress, providing additional support and even extending the life of an older mattress.

More than anything else, your bedding can determine how well you sleep.  Educating yourself before making your purchase will help you navigate the myriad of choices, and buy what’s right for you.