A famous saying goes “you never know what you have until you don’t have it.” Sometimes the best things aren’t material possessions. It’s not until life has made it difficult for you to enjoy what you’ve always taken for granted that you realize your true worth is wrapped up in these items, which are often the simplest things. For me, this is especially true with pillows.
I never realized how much I needed a good pillow until I started having my problems with allergy. It’s not just going to bed. It’s going to bed comfortable and knowing that when you wake up in the morning, you’ll feel rested and revitalized. So what is a good body pillow? You may think that a comfortable pillow is a soft pillow, but there’s more to it than that.
How To Choose A Good Pillow
Some people never give this much thought, but if you want to get the best night’s sleep possible, you need to do your homework. Here are some tips on how to choose a good pillow.
- Look for natural fiber pillows. These are the best pillows because they mold themselves to fit into your sleeping position and can act like a middleman between your head and neck, thus relieving some of the stress. If you’re allergic to feathers (which is common with asthma) you can get down-alternative pillows that are made of polyester or cotton which have similar results in keeping your spine in alignment while keeping your body comfortable.
- Look for a pillow with a higher thread count. This means that the pillow is more durable and will last longer. It is also cooler to sleep on and won’t retain as much heat as a lower thread count pillow.
- Look for a pillow that feels good to you. Right now you’re probably thinking “what do you mean? What does it matter if I like it or not?” You’d be surprised at how many times people pick out a new pillow only to come home and realize they don’t like the feel of it after all, even though they previously thought it was comfortable in the store.
- Look for a pillow that has a removable cover. This is very handy if you want to wash the pillow without having to wash the entire thing because some people may have an allergy to the materials on the pillows, thus suctioning your head into place as you’re sleeping on it.
Can Pillows Be Washed? Yes, but if your pillow is synthetic or down-alternative, you should avoid washing it. This will void the warranty and make the pillow less comfortable to sleep on. Synthetic pillows can be washed in a cold water cycle to preserve their shape and memory feel. Down-alternative pillows should not be washed because they can shrink or lose their shape when exposed to heat or moisture. Other people may have an allergy to down feathers, so if in doubt, stick with a cotton alternative natural fiber pillow for a good night’s sleep.