The perfect pillow is a treasure and you probably put it in your suitcase when you go on trips. If you have one, you are fortunate. There is nothing like having the perfect pillow already on your bed. But, if you are like many, you have a variety of pillows that are just a little too hard or too soft and not all you had hoped for when you bought it. Pillow preference is dependent on many things and is as individual as, well, you.
The most important factor when choosing a pillow is YOU. The purpose of a pillow is to keep your neck in line with your spine. Getting the proper support is important, but too much support will give you a kink in your neck and you’ll be kicking the pillow to the guest room.
If you are petite or have a small frame, a softer pillow gives you the flexibility you need to fill the space between your neck and the mattress. Obviously, someone with a larger frame, will need a firmer pillow UNLESS they are a scruncher.
Scruncher? Yes. People who scrunch their pillows form it into whatever shape they need to fit their frame and sleeping position.
This brings up another important topic: your sleep position. Soft to medium pillows are good for people who sleep on their stomachs or backs because they have less space to fill from their mattress to their head. Firmer pillows help keep the neck in line with the spine for people who sleep on their sides, unless they are a pillow scruncher.
Size matters! Don’t just buy king size pillows because you have a king size bed. You may get some for aesthetics, but when it comes to sleeping, get personal. If you like firm pillows, go for a smaller size like a standard to prevent the fill from moving out from under your head.
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