Choose the right pillow

When it comes to resting your head, choosing the right pillow requires some consideration. Synthetic, Feather, Feather & Down, Duck, Goose, Down? What level of support should I opt for?

Synthetic Pillows

There are many hypoallergenic pillows with synthetic fillings on offer here, including pillows filled with either hollowfibre, ball-fibre and microfibre which offer a great degree of support and some middle ground too. It is sometimes difficult to recommend a pillow because everyone is so individual on which pillow they like to sleep on. We try to state if our pillows offer soft, medium or firm support.

Synthetic Pillows are suitable for those who suffer with allergies, as the fillings used are naturally non-allergenic. Quality synthetic fillings have an enhanced internal hollowfibre structure, ensuring greater insulation and softness.

All our Synthetic Pillows can be easily re-plumped to maintain their shape, and gently mould to the shape of your head whilst having the added advantage of being washable at home.

Natural Pillows

Natural feather or down pillows are generally considered to be the most luxurious pillows available, offering supreme comfort. Furthermore, the higher the ratio of down to feather, the softer and loftier the pillow will feel. This softness is further decided by the quality of the down, as different types (and ages) of bird produce varying sizes of down. Larger down clusters, such as from Hungarian geese have the ability to trap larger pockets of air creating exceedingly soft and wonderfully plump pillows.
Unfortunately, because of the allergies inherent in down and feathers, natural pillows (apart from silk filled pillows) aren't suitable for allergy sufferers.

Feather fillings offer more firmness and support, whilst Down Fillings have no quills making them extremely light and soft, offering medium-soft support. In addition to choosing between feather and down, you can further choose between Duck – which is slightly heavier weight – and Goose which is ultra light.

Luxury Natural Pillows are known for their excellent thermal and breathable qualities, and are a beautiful, comforting addition to your bedroom.

Sleeping position

Not many people are aware of this, but the position you most frequently tend to sleep in affects what type of support and therefore what type of pillow best suits your needs.

If you sleep on your back

Your neck and head need full but gentle support, so choose a medium to firm pillow, suck as Duck Feather and Down, Luxury Microfibre, Luxury Synthetic in ‘medium’ support, or Goose Feather and Down.

If you sleep on your side

Without the correct support, your head will ‘flop’ into your pillow if it is too soft, potentially leading to aches and pains. Choose a firm pillow that offers full support.

If you sleep on your front

The weight of your head pushes down into the pillow, which ideally should be met with a cushioning softness. Choose a soft pillow for maximum comfort, such as Goose Down.

Pillow Allergy Information

With the next piece of pillow information you might think twice when your head hits the pillow, but it may help you to enjoy countless hours of peaceful sleep in the long run.

It is a fact that up to a third of the weight of your pillow could be made up of dead skin, dust mites and their faeces. Pillows, and the stuffy bedroom air that surrounds them, are ideal breeding grounds for undesirables ranging from dustmites to the MRSA superbug.

Over a third of your life is spent in bed, so if you don’t want to spend this time snuggling up to dustmites or dreading what be lurking in your pillow, try following some of my dust-mite busting tips:

  • Choose a good quality pillow that can be washed regularly at 60°C
  • Synthetic Pillows are a must if feather allergies are a problem.
  • Allergy sufferers will benefit from choosing anti-allergy bedding, which has been specially designed to reduce allergy symptoms effectively, resulting in a better nights' sleep.
  • To keep dust mites at bay, put washable pillows in the machine once every 1 - 3 months. So although putting a clean pillowcase on your bedding may make it look and smell fresh, all you are doing is wrapping up something really nasty underneath.

 

Put Your Pillow to the test

• If you have a natural filled pillow, i.e. feather or down

Place the pillow on a flat, hard surface such as a tiled floor or table. Fold the pillow in half, and apply pressure until all the air has been squeezed out. Release your pressure and watch what happens to the pillow. If it slowly unfolds and returns to its original shape, it is still supportive and in good condition. If, however, it remains mostly folded, the pillow has been worn and can no longer offer you the support you require and needs to be replaced.

 

• If you have a synthetic filled pillow, i.e. hollowfibre, microfibre, polyester etc

Do the same as above, but instead of directly applying pressure to the folded pillow, place a weight around 400g (e.g. heavy hard-back book, or large bag of potatoes) on top. When you let go, if the weight is thrown off the pillow it still has bounce and can retain its shape. If not, the pillow is too worn to be supportive and should be replaced for a better night’s sleep.

 

So, you’ve taken the pillow test and realised its time to part with your old friend and invest in a new pillow for a better sleep experience.