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How to Choose The Perfect Pillow For Back Sleepers & Side Sleepers

Everyone understands the importance of finding the perfect pillow. How many times have you heard someone say their back or neck problems probably stem from sleeping on the wrong pillow?

A pillow may seem like a small part of the journey to experiencing blissful sleep, but at snuginteriors we know the finer details truly matter.

Choose the perfect pillow to improve your night’s sleep - “but there is so much choice out there, how do I find the right pillow for my sleep needs?!”

We get this query often and we are experts at finding the perfect pillow for you. We can review a variety of factors to do with your sleep habits (for example, are you a back sleeper or a side sleeper), preferred support and material preferences, to help you sleep soundly.

So, how are you supposed to know when you’ve found the right pillow for you? We’ve put together our top tips to keep your posture healthy and your sleep needs satisfied.

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Our Top Tips to Find The Perfect Pillow

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1. What type of filling suits you best?

There are two types of pillow fillings; man-made, synthetic fillings or natural fillings.

Synthetic fillings - these will suit you best if you suffer from allergies. Rhinitis, asthma or eczema can be exacerbated by some natural materials, so opt for man-made for peace of mind. Even if you don’t have allergies, synthetic filled pillows have many more great benefits. They are conveniently washable and can include specialist technologies. The Fine Bedding Company utilises an innovative Smartfil® Cluster fibre filling which ensures their pillows remain plump.

Natural fillings - these are generally made from feather and down or wool, making them soft, breathable, temperature regulating and eco-friendly. Each pillow will be unique, offering personal support for your personal needs. For example, choose a higher feather percentage for more support or a higher down percentage for more softness and cushioning. All of our natural fillings are ethically sourced and meet strict animal welfare standards.

All our partner bedding brands create pillows with high quality fillings, whether they’re synthetic or natural. Browse our extensive selection or keep reading to discover our most popular pillows.

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2. Choose the perfect pillow cover

Your pillow cover should be soft and breathable. We lose between 2-4 pints of moisture from our bodies every night and a third of this comes from our heads. So it is critical to find pillows that are breathable and can be washed and aired easily.

At snuginteriors, we feature pillows with 100% cotton covers that allow optimum breathability and freshness. Cotton covers feel so luxurious and add elegance to your pillow selection.

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3. What level of support do you need?

You can work this out by deciding what your preferred sleeping position is. You can find the perfect pillow to match your sleeping position.

Medium soft - Are you a front sleeper? Go for medium soft pillows as these offer increased cushioning and comfort.

Medium for back sleepers - the perfect pillow for back sleepers. Medium support pillows offer the right level of support to cradle the head and neck.

Firm for side sleepers - the perfect pillow for side sleepers. With an enhanced level of support, firm pillows will keep the head and neck in a neutral position throughout the night.

Specialist - if you suffer from head, neck or back pain, a specialist support pillow could alleviate pressure on these areas for a better night’s sleep.

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4. Consider pillow height

Some pillows can leave you tossing and turning all night and it might be because you have the wrong pillow height for your needs.

You might notice the term as ‘pillow loft’ and this refers to the thickness of the pillow.

Finding the right pillow height for you is important as the wrong pillow height can change the alignment of your spine.

If you sleep on your front, you’ll probably prefer a slimmer pillow, whilst the perfect pillow for a back sleeper would be a medium depth pillow. The perfect pillow for a side sleeper will often be a deep pillow with a box construction, so that there is depth to support your neck and keep it aligned with your spine.

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5. Have you got a longer or shorter neck?

We’re not suggesting you get the tape measure out but consider if you have a long or a short neck. A longer neck will feel benefits from the middle of the pillow whereas those with shorter necks will feel more at the edge of the pillow.

Try to remember this when you’re searching for the perfect pillow, the more detailed you are, the more benefits you’ll get.

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6. Pillow maintenance and hygiene

This is important, make sure you choose a pillow that is washable from brands that consider hygiene. By choosing a hygienic sleep surface, you’re reducing the risk of dust mites developing in your bedding.

Whilst choosing the perfect pillow remains a very personal decision, as bed experts for over two decades, snuginteriors can explore the best options for you, depending on your preference, build and whether you’re a back sleeper or side sleeper.

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Our Most Popular Pillows

Boutique Silk Pillow by
The Fine Bedding Company

This is a luxurious pillow combining Smartfil® fibres with pure, natural silk to give a medium-firm support pillow.

The soft 100% cotton cover allows optimum breathability whilst the textured jacquard design provides an elegant finish. This pillow is machine washable at 60 degrees and is naturally hypo-allergenic.

We love The Fine Bedding Company’s pillows as they deliver a heavenly hotel experience. Their products are designed to regulate temperature and are the perfect solution for breathable comfort. With The Fine Bedding Company you will get a great night’s sleep.

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Hypnos High Profile Latex Pillow

This is the perfect pillow for side sleepers or back sleepers. It provides exceptional comfort and keeps allergens at bay. It will ensure your head and neck are perfectly aligned and supported, relieving any unwanted pressure points.

The latex has been moulded with air pockets for increased breathability, regulating body temperature and keeping you cool and dry. The outer cover is removable and machine washable at 40 degrees.

We love Hypnos for their commitment to sustainability. This pillow is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Environmentally friendly and guaranteed to give you a deep and regenerative night’s sleep.

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Vispring Hungarian Goose Feather
and Down Pillow

With advanced triple chamber technology and the highest grade Hungarian Goose Feather and Goose Down, this is an exceptionally comfortable and luxurious pillow.

This all-natural pillow is encased in 100% cotton to ensure your temperature is regulated and guarantees a soft, lofty support. Vispring pillows carry a 2 year guarantee and are machine washable at 30 degrees.

We love Vispring because they are truly committed to investing in your sleep needs. As Vispring experts we can help find the right level of support and comfort unique to you.

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Contact Us to Choose Your Perfect Pillow

We are passionate about helping our clients achieve sublime sleep and finding the perfect pillow is one step towards that goal.

By giving us a call or visiting our Hampshire-based showroom, we can guide you through the advice set out above, to find the perfect pillow for you. Never suffer from a crick in your neck again!

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Posted by Charlotte Symondson
5th September 2022

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