How important is a pillow to sleep?
Believe it or not, you may be nothing more than a pillow away from a better night’s sleep.
We quite often say “Buy a $4,000 mattress and a $5 pillow and you’ll get a $5 sleep”.
As 17% of the spine is in your neck, even the slightest strain on neck vertebrae can cause compression to spinal nerves that connect to your shoulders, arms, wrists, and fingers. This can cause pain in the neck, tightness and aching in your shoulders, wrist pain, tingling in your fingers, headaches and more.
Mattresses are not designed to support the head and neck. That’s the job of the pillow, so compromising the effectiveness of a new mattress by using the wrong pillow makes little sense. Would you buy a new car and run it on old tires? Never! It’s amazing how different mattresses feel when you’re using the right pillow to support your head and neck.
How do I choose the right pillow?
Unfortunately, there is no one right pillow for everyone, and lots of variables need to be considered when looking at pillows. Pillows need to be fitted to your body type and preferred sleep position (front, side, back), your shoulder width and the plushness/firmness of your mattress.
How long should a pillow last?
The comfort life of a pillow depends on the fill material and/or fill density. The average life of pillow can, therefore, vary from 6 months for an inexpensive hollowfibre pillow, to 2+ years for a Microgel pillow, to 10+ years for pillows made from high quality latex or down/feathers.
How often should pillows be washed?
If you protect your pillow with a waterproof pillow protector, you should never have to wash your pillow. A waterproof pillow protector will keep your pillow free of pathogens and allergens. When you wash your sheets, simply wash your protectors. On the other hand, if you don’t use a pillow protector we recommend you wash synthetic and/or down/feather pillows monthly to remove dust mites, dust mite feces, perfume, smoke, pet dander and/or any other allergens or pathogens that have developed.
I’m allergic to dust mite allergens. How can I reduce dust mite allergens in my pillow?
The best way to reduce allergens in a pillow is to use an allergen barrier pillow protector and to wash it frequently in hot water.