We all know what a huge difference a good mattress can make in getting a good night’s sleep, but what about a good pillow?
How many times have you thought, “I can’t spend $100 bucks for a good pillow!” Or you’re in a hurry and don’t want to do the research to find the right pillow. So, you end up going to the closest big box store and buying a $10 polyester pillow that works for a few nights and then becomes miserable. But you checked it off the list, and that feels good. Right?
Wrong. The right pillow should be comfortable, and should also support your head, neck, and shoulders, just like having the right mattress will give the right support for your spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. The goal is to have your mattress and pillow work together to give you ultimate comfort and support for your entire body.*
From prehistoric times, through the Egyptian and Chinese empires, and the Middle Ages, people laid their heads on rocks, bags of seed, or even contoured blocks of wood. More modern times brought pillows made of fabric and fill, but only for the upper classes. In the book “The Alchemist,“ the shepherd, Santiago, rests his head on a book each night. Have we not advanced much further?
Still waking up with a stiff neck and shoulders or back pain? The first step to finding the right pillow is determining what type of sleeper you are. Three basic types are to be considered: Back, side, or belly (front) sleeper.
This will guide you to the best amount of fill and firmness to choose. Back sleepers should look for a firmer, flatter pillow for maximum comfort. Side sleepers often need a thicker pillow, also firm, which is ideally curved to support the neck. Stomach sleepers need a moldable, less firm pillow or one that is very thin. And if you’re like most people, you’ll switch positions during the night so you need to settle on a middle-ground pillow.
You also want to consider how comfortable a pillow feels to you. A comfortable and adjustable pillow makes an ideal choice for all types of sleepers. Most brands just come in a one-size-fits-all thickness which makes it difficult to settle on the right size for YOU. Others are customizable which allows you to adjust it to your needs – adding and removing fill to dial it in regardless of your sleeping position.
Perhaps the best choice you can make is to purchase a new pillow with a trial period. Often rushing into buying a new pillow leads to physical pain. Take a little more time for yourself and choose a pillow that is truly right for you.
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*A note from 2920 Sleep: Your pillow is as important as your mattress.
At 2920, our customizable pillow comes with a perfect balance of features. Soft, responsive and supportive due to its unique natural latex and soft fiber filling, and a no-risk 100 Night Trial. The result is a pillow with the perfect balance of support and softness. Tested, used, and recommended by chiropractors, physical therapists, athletes, and hotel professionals.
Our unique filling lasts longer than foam or memory foam pillows as latex is more durable, keeps its “bounciness” for many years, and doesn’t retain heat the way memory foam does so you sleep cooler. And the soft poly fiber filling doesn’t compress like down feathers. While you should always use a pillow case, you can also remove the fill and wash the pillow’s cover.
With the 2920 Pillow, you get a pillow that is not only very comfortable and supportive, but also long lasting, making it a great value and a small price to pay for a great sleep experience.> SHOP THE 2920 PILLOW