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Pillow Talk: Picking the Pillow of Your Dreams!

Sweet dreams. Yeah! Right!

Over 70 million adults suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep deprivation is a public health epidemic! 40% of Americans sleep less than six hours a night.

There are many reasons why a good night’s sleep gives us the slip! Though we don’t often think of it, our “nighttime posture” profoundly affects our sleep—and thus, our wellbeing—during the day.

Most of us think a pillow is just a pillow, right?  NOPE! The right pillow supports our head and neck and helps maintain the proper alignment of our spine while we sleep.

That’s why Walker Furniture is giving the pillow it’s just due! 

Choose a pillow according to your sleeping position

Choosing the right pillow is about more than how soft or how firm your pillow is. Knowing the position you sleep in is key to finding the pillow that will help you get a good night’s sleep.

The right pillow keeps your head in “neutral alignment:” your head rests squarely on your shoulders—not too far back or too far forward—similar to how it sits when you’re standing with good posture.

  •          If you sleep on your stomach, a soft, microfiber or memory foam pillow won’t raise your head and throw your neck out of alignment. Sleeping on your stomach also puts stress on your lower back. If you like to sleep with something pressing against your stomach, try sleeping on your side and hugging a thick pillow.
  •          If you sleep on your back, a medium pillow helps maintain the natural curve of your spine. It supports your head without pushing it forward. Memory foam is a good option because it molds to the shape of your head and neck. Try sleeping with another pillow under your knees to alleviate pressure on your lower back.
  •          Side sleepers need more height to keep your head and neck in the proper alignment. Try a firm memory foam or hollow fiber pillow with an extra-wide gusset to bridge the distance between your ear and shoulder. And sleep with a pillow between your knees to align your spine.
  •          Anyone who changes positions throughout the night should do well with a pillow of medium firmness.

           

Look for a pillow that doesn’t talk back!

 

  1. Is the filling well distributed?  
  2. If you have allergies, is your pillow antimicrobial / hypoallergenic?
  3. Is it sized for your bed? Typically, pillows come in standard / queen (20x 26-30”) and king (20 x 36”).
  4. Does it adapt to your body temperature so you don’t sweat at night?
  5. Does it dry quickly when it’s washed?
  6. Is it durable? Will it hold its shape over time?

NOTE:  Don’t forget to add a pillow protector! The pillow is one place allergens, mold, and bacteria thrive.

 

Filling   

 

  • Hollow fiber is synthetic, a form of polyester that’s robust yet lightweight. The denser the filling, the firmer the pillow. It's hypoallergenic; some are antimicrobial. Malouf CONVOLUTION-PILLOW   
  • Feather and down is extremely soft. Feather / down mixes are firmer, but more expensive.  
  • Memory foam moulds to the contours of your head and neck. They’re firm, supportive, durable, and hypoallergenic. Malouf DOUGH-PILLOW, Tempurpedic CLOUD-PILLOW, ProHi+Cooling & ProLO+Cooling
  • Microfiber is synthetic, but the fibers are finer than hollow fiber. They’re hypoallergenic and sometimes antimicrobial. Microfiber pillows feel more like down than other synthetics. A soft bamboo velour cover, excellent for sensitive skin and temperature regulation, comes with this pillow.Malouf DWNALT-Q-PILLOW, DWNALT-K-PILLOW
  • Convolution pillows are crafted for multi-position sleepers and offer levels of customizable support.: a memory foam core is encased in airy Gelled Microfiber® fill creates a soft, supportive sleeping surface, good for side sleeping. Remove the core for an ultra-plush down feel without allergens and quills. https://walkerfurniture.com/en/convolution-pillow
  • Zoned Charcoal is infused with bamboo charcoal to regulate humidity, temperature and odors. It cradles the head while supporting the neck. It’s naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. It comes with a soft bamboo velour cover for sensitive skin and temperature regulation. https://walkerfurniture.com/en/zoned-charcoal-pillow

     

    It’s time to replace your pillow if ….

    … it’s flattened, won’t plump back up, or you feel lumps in the filling. … it’s discolored. This is a sure sign it's harboring bacteria.

    … you wake up with back or neck pain. This can be a sign your spine isn't properly aligned while you sleep.  

    … you continually wake up with a runny or stuffed nose. This can be a sign you are having an allergic reaction to some invisible critter sharing your pillow.

    … it’s older than 18 months.

     

    Come down to Walker Furniture and lie down with one of our pillows. It could be the start of a beautiful relationship—and a good night’s sleep!

     

    1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilhowe/2017/08/18/america-the-sleep-deprived/#4f278f561a38
    2. https://www.sleep.org/articles/what-pillow-is-best-for-you/
    3. https://bestreviews.com/best-pillows