What makes a good pillow?

Luxe bedding, comfy sleepwear, ideal room temperature; none of this means much when you have the wrong pillow. Your pillow can make or break your sleeping experience which is why it is so important to choose the right pillow.

We all know that feeling of waking up in the morning with a sore neck, headache or tight scalp. This is usually a result of sleeping on an unsupportive pillow. Your pillow should support your head and neck alignment so that there is no unnecessary pressure on your spine.

When shopping for the right pillow, there are several factors to consider. Think about what position you tend to sleep in, your preference for a high or low pillow, soft or firm, do you heat when you sleep and are you looking for a specific function.

Are you a back sleeper?

Look for a pillow that is level with your upper spine, so a medium height. You also want a pillow that supports your head, neck and upper back to ensure you don’t sink flat onto the mattress. A medium level of firmness is advisable for back sleepers, as well as a rectangle or rounded shape.

Are you a tummy sleeper?

In general, sleeping on your stomach isn’t advised as it can cause your back to curve and potentially strain your neck. However, if you find that that is your default sleeping position, it is best to choose a soft or very flat pillow. This way, it keeps your spine as level as possible.

Are you a side sleeper?

When lying on your side, avoid a gap between your neck and the pillow. It is important to choose a pillow that keeps your spine straight by conforming to your head. Generally, memory foam, contoured and latex pillows offer side sleepers the best support.

Do you heat up when you sleep?

Some people heat up in their sleep, causing them to feel uncomfortably hot. A cooling pillow can be your best friend. Look for a bamboo pillow as the fibres prevent moisture and are breathable, keeping your skin cool. Bonus: they are also eco-friendly! A latex or memory foam pillow is also a great option to keep cool.

Do you experience general neck and back stiffness or pain?

A contoured pillow is a good option for those who have sensitive necks and backs or are prone to muscle aches. These pillows align with the natural curve of your head, neck and shoulders ensuring full support and minimal compression of the neck vertebrae.

Are you a chronic snorer?

It is recommended that those who snore choose a pillow with a significant height, especially if they sleep on their backs. Having your head at an angle can help reduce snoring.

To choose the right pillow for you, check out the information on our website and take our Sleep Quiz.