Purchasing a brand new mattress is necessary approximately every 10 years to ensure you continue to sleep comfortably and provide your spine with the proper support during sleep. When you are shopping at the local mattress stores in Sacramento for your new bed it’s also a great time to look for a new pillow.
Pillows are more than just about comfort. They also play a large role in supporting your neck as you sleep, preventing morning neck and shoulder pain. If your pillow is flattened, feels deflated or lifeless, you may want to grab new pillows to go along with your brand new mattress. Here are a few tips to help you find the best pillows based on the mattress you decide to purchase:
Knowing Materials Matters
Just like when purchasing your mattress, the type of material a pillows is filled with matters a lot. Naturally, different types of fill will lead to different levels of support. In recent years, more and more people are choosing memory foam over traditional pillows. Due to the relatively firmer feel of memory foam, the pillow offers fantastic support for the neck while still being comfortable.
Organic latex is a naturally hypoallergenic option that also offers great neck support. Of course, do not hesitate to take a look at other types of fill. One of the less common, but effective, options is buckwheat hulls. These pillows feel somewhat like a beanbag chair, allowing you to adjust the shape and firmness to meet your immediate needs.
Consider Your Sleeping Position
You sleeping position will also determine what kind of pillow you should probably try to get:
Back sleepers generally have one of the best sleeping positions for both the spine and neck. The key here is finding a pillow that cradles the head and prevents it from craning forward or dropping the head back. Memory foam pillows are recommended for back sleepers.
Side sleepers will need good support to keep their necks in a neutral position in relation to the shoulders and spine. A nice, thick pillow made of natural latex is generally a good idea for side sleepers. Gel pillows are also a good choice.
Stomach sleepers often have to turn their heads to the side to accommodate their sleep position, placing a lot of strain on the neck. Some may even sleep face down. In both cases, a softer pillow that allows for good airflow is preferred. Buckwheat fits the bill well.
Match the Sizes of the Mattress and Pillow
First of all, you’ll want to make sure that the size of the pillow you’re buying is a match for the size of the mattress you purchased. Fortunately, pillows sizes are generally classified in the same way that mattresses are classified, making it easy to pick out the correct size. However, do feel free to break this rule of thumb at times. If you are the type who enjoys having multiple pillows on your bed, you can easily purchase several standard-sized pillows. Here is the recommended ratio for standard-sized pillows:
Twin/Twin XL: One standard-sized pillow
Double Bed/Queen: Two standard-sized pillows
King/California King: Three standard-sized pillow OR three queen-sized pillows
These are just some of the tips to keep in mind when buying a new pillow along with your new mattress. If you have already picked out a mattress, do feel free to ask staff if you can test various pillows on top of your chosen mattress to get a better idea of how the combination fares together.
How To Choose The Perfect Bed Pillow, Forbes.com