Pillow Talk - finding the best pillow for youBed Buyers' Guide
If you suffer with neck and shoulder pain, you may find your pillow’s the culprit.
Pillows come in a range of different shapes and sizes, including pre-shaped ones that support your head and neck, as well as a choice of fillings – goosedown, duckdown, feather, fibre filled, and visco-elastic, latex or polyurethane foam – and any number of combinations of these.
Here’s what to look for when buying a pillow:
Change Your Pillow
An old, unwashed pillow could also contain as much as 10% of its weight in skin scale, mould, dead and living dust mites and their allergen laden droppings! If your pillow is natural (such as feathers) or polyester-filled, wash it two-three times a year. If it is a foam pillow, clean it every two-three months. Read more about keeping your pillows clean.
To top it off
Overlays and toppers are mostly used to soften the feel of a mattress, by adding extra layers of cushioning. Generally non-sprung, they may be made of a variety of materials – polyester fibre, latex, visco-elastic or other foams or even feathers. The choice is entirely subjective. Toppers are not a substitute for correct support – you’ll need a mattress of the right tension. Nor are they a substitute for replacing an old, worn-out bed – any impression of improved comfort will probably be short-lived.
Some modern mattresses styles include a fixed topper – often on styles that have been designed to eliminate the need for turning.