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How to Choose a Good Pillow

by April Sanders

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Comfortable pillows are essential for good sleep

A good pillow can make all the difference between a restful night and a not-so-restful one. In fact, sleeping with the proper pillow can help with back or neck pain, as it can align your body to minimize such problems. For most people, the way a pillow feels is the most important factor in choosing one. Still, there are some things you should look for in all quality pillows, regardless of the filling. Take a look below to learn how to choose a good pillow.

Choosing a Pillow:

  1. Set a budget. The best pillows have higher quality filling and a thicker covering than ordinary pillows, which means they will be more expensive. Decide how much you're willing to spend and search for pillows in your price range. Keep in mind that the higher the quality, the longer they will last -- eliminating the need for repurchasing again and again.

  2. Choose a pillow based on your sleeping habits. If you tend to sleep flat on your back, choose a flat but firm pillow so that the space under your neck will still be supported. If you like to squeeze a pillow while you sleep on your side, choose a high-quality feather pillow that will "bounce back" and keep its shape.

  3. Select larger pillows. Size really does matter when it comes to pillows. Good pillows have a presence, support your head and neck better and add a touch of luxury to any bedding set.

  4. Choose pillows with the best filling. While most people have a preference based on the feel of the filling, you can still select a quality pillow regardless of the filling. For example, the most inexpensive pillows are filled with loose foam, which will quickly break down in a matter of weeks. If you like the feel of foam, spend a bit more money and get a pillow with a solid foam core. While you can get feather or down pillows in almost any price range, the most expensive pillows are filled with hypoallergenic goose down or feathers, which are then wrapped in polyester so they don't work their way out of the pillow covering.

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