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How to choose the best pillow

When was the last time you thought about changing your pillow?

If you also suffer from neck pain, you do not breathe well at night, you sweat too much … maybe you should think about whether you are using the right pillow to rest well.

The wrong pillow can be a real neck pain, not to mention a barrier to a good night’s sleep. So find the perfect fit.

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When is it time to replace the pillow?

As a general rule, pillows should be changed after 18 months. Memory foam pillows typically last longer, up to three years, but both pick up dead skin cells, mold, fungus, and dust mites. If you have a pure wool pillow; that repels all these microorganisms; Your pillow may last longer, even so, after 2 or 4 years it would be a good time to decide to change it.

The importance of posture

Good sleeping posture is key to sleeping soundly, night after night, and waking up without pain or stiffness. Your pillow helps you maintain a healthy sleeping posture.

How should that position be? The body should be aligned, from the knees and hips, through the spine to the chest and shoulders, the head and the neck.

Sleeping on your side: they may need a firmer and thicker pillow, and even an additional one to support the arm or leg. Look for one that is as thick as the distance between your ear and your outer shoulder. Thickness: from 600gr.

Sleeping on your stomach: They may need a soft pillow or no pillow under the head. A pillow under the stomach and pelvis can help prevent back pain. Thickness: between 100 and 200gr.

Sleeping on your back: You may need a flatter pillow to keep your head and neck aligned, but if you have neck pain and sleep on your back, look for a pillow that provides additional support, while maintaining the softness that is comfortable for you. Thickness: between 200 and 400gr.

Mixed or Combined Sleeping: Unfortunately, if you toss and turn between positions at night, no pillow will fully meet your needs. A mid-height pillow is the safest bet, as it offers support for sleeping on your side, but also the shallow depth needed for sleeping on your back. Thickness: between 200 and 400gr.

Respiratory problems

As we said before, the pillow accumulates a large number of microorganisms that put your respiratory health in check, therefore, in addition to changing it often, it is necessary to choose hypoallergenic and antibacterial pillows, especially if you suffer from asthma, allergies and respiratory difficulties. Pure wool and organic cotton are the most recommended materials in these cases, in addition to being biodegradable, every time you need to change your pillow your environmental impact will be minimal.

Anti-snoring pillows – These pillows can come in a variety of designs. Some have a firm core to maintain height and a smooth outer area to better support the head. They are claimed to allow you to breathe easier and thus help prevent snoring, although there is very little research to show that any particular pillow design affects snoring.

Temperature; Do you sweat when you sleep?

Some pillows include cooling gel with memory foam or breathable polyester to make you feel comfortable, but natural options such as wool have the advantage of adapting to your body temperature, making them ideal for all types of people and seasons of the year. to absorb moisture to provide great comfort.

Almohadas de Pirilana. Elaboradas con lana de oveja
Pirilana pillows. Made with sheep’s wool

Chemical substances

Synthetic materials like memory foam and polyester are made using chemical processes, and many pillows undergo antimicrobial treatments. Know the chemistry that went into making your pillow and consider your own allergies to these substances. Organic natural fibers offer you greater security and always look for textile certificates to guarantee it.

Babies and children

Until the year, the use of the pillow is highly inadvisable due to the risk of sudden death that implies having cushions, pillows, stuffed animals or soft items near their heads. From that age; the pillow must be very soft and low and made of natural and organic materials; as well as hypoallergenic and antibacterial so that they breathe healthy.

Physically, that is, because of the shape of their body, they need it at the moment when their shoulders are wider than their heads and, consequently, the heads begin to hang when sleeping on their side. This happens around the age of two or three, so it’s around that age that they probably sleep better with it than without it. Each child is different, and they will decide whether to use it or not.

Is my mattress important for the choice of my pillow?

Yes. If you use a firm mattress, then a softer pillow may be better, because the pillow is resting on a firm surface and needs to accommodate the pressure of the weight of your head in your initial sleeping position. If you’ve had a softer mattress, then a firmer pillow may be better to keep your head and neck aligned.

Don’t ignore your pillow! It’s a very important element of your sleeping environment, and having proper underhead care can make nights more comfortable and restful.

If you want a more personalized attention to choose your pillow; You can contact us by phone or by sending an email to hola@pirilana.com and we will be delighted to make your break come true.

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