Pillow Selection Guide
Correct pillow selection should provide good support for your head, neck and upper back to relieve pressure and keep them in alignment. To ensure you choose the most comfortable pillow for you, it is helpful to consider a few general principles:
- Preferred Sleeping Position
- Preferred Pillow Outer Cover
- Preferred Fill Material
If you sleep on a firm mattress you will need a thicker pillow. If you sleep on a soft mattress that lets your body sink into it, you may need a thinner pillow.
Side sleepers will generally need a thicker pillow. If you sleep on your back you will need a medium thickness pillow, or a thin pillow if you sleep on your front.
Your pillow should deform to the natural contours of your neck and upper back when lying down to give you maximum support.
The choice of firmness is important to sleeping comfort and support, in addition to personal preference. Some people prefer to snuggle into their pillow, while others prefer their head to rest above their pillow. Firmness in combination with physical build, sleeping pattern and mattress type will determine the thickness of your pillow when you are at rest, to provide the correct support for your head, neck and upper back. Back to Top
Height and Preferred Sleeping Position
Pillow Outer Cover
Regardless of the type of pillow selected the cover material will add to the functionality and comfort of the sleeping experience.
- Polypropylene and Polyester and synthetic materials, are soft to the touch and resistant to chemical attack and staining. Synthetic materials generally will not absorb moisture and are often used where a degree of protection is required.
- Cotton is a natural fibre which breathes and draws moisture and heat away from the body during sleep which is important for extra comfort.
To maximise the life of your pillow, and for best sleeping comfort, the use of a good quality 100% cotton pillow case is always recommended. Back to Top