People have hundreds of different sleep preferences, and there are hundreds of different styles of pillows to match those preferences. Choosing a bed pillow is largely a matter of your sleep preferences, so learning a little bit about the available options can help you find a pillow that’s just right for how you sleep.
Traditional bedroom pillows are filled with a number of different materials, from duck feathers to buckwheat hulls; however, the most common types of fill are down and synthetic fills (often polyester). Here are some of the most popular pillows.
Down pillows are most often filled with a combination of goose down and feathers; while 100% down is ideal for bedding, it often is too light for a pillow, which is why many companies add feathers to down pillows.
Polyester-filled pillows are the most common kind of bedroom pillow, in large part because poly-filled pillows are usually inexpensive and still quite comfortable. Bed pillows with synthetic fill feel springier than down pillows, but they don’t conform to the shape of your head quite like down pillows do. While synthetic fills are inexpensive, they do not last as long as down pillows. Memory foam pillows have become more popular in recent years as prices have dropped on memory foam products.
Popular Foam Pillows
foam pillows conform to the shape of your neck and head providing a firm, supportive surface. Gel memory foam pillows provide the same support of traditional memory foam, but the infusion of gel beads in the foam allows for better air flow, making this the choice of people who need help staying cool while they sleep.
Latex foam pillows are popular because they are hypoallergenic, they offer great neck support, and some of them are the only 100 percent organic pillows on the market. If you want an eco-friendly pillow, choose a certified organic latex pillow. Contour pillows are foam pillows that are molded to mimic the curve of the neck, facilitating proper breathing and proper neck alignment during sleep, which is why many people with sleep apnea prefer them.
You should base pillows sizes based on your bed size, the way you like your bed to look when it’s made, and any needs you have while you sleep. Some of the popular pillow sizes are standard, king, and queen. There are also euro pillows, which are square. They are generally 26″ x 26″ though they can come in other sizes as well. They are most often used for decorative purposes, and/or support.
Body pillows are 50″ long at minimum; usually they are for snuggling, and are popular among the maternity crowd. Throw pillows add comfort, color, and style to a sofa or bed, and they’re a great way to change the look of your bedroom decor without spending very much. Travel pillows are small pillows that go behind or wrap around your neck, letting you sleep sitting while sitting up, which can make hours on a plane much more comfortable. Lumbar pillows can help make eight hours in the office a much more comfortable experience. Lumbar pillows are usually cylinders designed to support the small of your back.
Pillows vary widely in price, from small inexpensive synthetic-fill pillows to pricey king-size 100 percent down pillows. Some of the more expensive pillows offer cloud-like loft and high-quality materials, which many people love. However, many people are satisfied with less expensive pillows and prefer to save money by buying them. Remember that while different varieties each have things to offer, there is not a best pillow, so you should base your choice on preference.