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How to choose the right pillows and pillowcases

How to choose the right pillows and pillowcases

Pillows and pillowcases can often be underestimated in their role for a good night’s sleep. However, choosing the right ones can significantly impact your comfort and overall well-being. With the myriad of options available, it’s essential to know what features to look for to ensure you’re getting the best sleep possible.

Your requirements for pillows will vary depending on your purchase reason. If you are buying pillows for your own home, your needs will be different to if you are purchasing for a hospital or care home. We explain how to choose a pillow and pillowcase to suit your needs.

 

Comfort is key

When selecting pillows, you want to prioritize comfort. Consider your preferred sleeping position. Side sleepers may prefer firmer pillows to keep their neck and spine aligned, while stomach sleepers may opt for softer, flatter pillows to prevent neck strain. Back sleepers typically find medium-firm pillows most comfortable. Ultimately, you should choose a pillow that feels supportive and cushions your head and neck effectively.

For example, while a V-shaped pillow is not something you’d find in most peoples home, it works well for the elderly and anyone recovering from treatment or illness. The unique shape supports the head, neck, and shoulders in a way other pillows cannot.

The comfiest pillows and pillowcases:

 

Material matters

The material of your pillow and pillowcase greatly affects your sleep experience. Of course, comfort is important, but a durable material and pillow inner is just as important in medical and care settings.

If allergies are a concern, hypoallergenic or latex options are suitable choices. Similarly, consider the material of your pillowcase; breathable fabrics like cotton promote airflow and help regulate temperature, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Material options:

 

Easy care and maintenance

Nobody wants to spend precious time and energy on tedious pillow maintenance, especially in hospitals and care facilities. Opt for pillows and pillowcases that are easy to care for, preferably machine washable or wipe clean. Look for pillowcases with simple closures for effortless removal and washing. Additionally, consider investing in pillow protectors to prolong the life of your pillows and shield them from stains, allergens, and dust mites.

Easy care pillows and pillowcases:

 

Additional features

Quality pillows are an investment in your sleep and well-being. You should choose pillows made from durable materials that retain their shape and support over time. However, some pillows can also have unique features that you may benefit from. Healthcare pillows offer things such as specialised shapes, flame retardancy and more.

Unique pillows and pillowcases:

 

How to choose a pillow

Selecting the right pillows and pillowcases is essential for achieving optimal sleep quality. Prioritize comfort, consider materials carefully, opt for easy-care options, and prioritize durability. With the right pillows and pillowcases for your specific needs, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying restful nights and waking up refreshed each morning.

You can browse all of our pillows and pillowcases online, with free UK mainland delivery when you spend over £50.

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