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What is Your Pillow Doing to You?


You may not know what lies within your current pillow - and maybe it's time to buy a new one

Is yours flat or fluffy? Is if filled with polyester or perfectly pumped down? Did it cost under four bucks or was it a king's ransom? We're talking about pillows and the cold hard facts about how difficult it is to let go when the time is nigh - or night.

You may be having trouble getting a good night's rest. Go ahead and blame on the mattress that has seen better innerspring days. Or admit it could be your bargain basement pillow that should be tossed in the trash bin. You may already have to double yours over to get the right alignment with your spine. Or you may even have bought one that is too high - that means your head is taking a sharp corner and your spine is still horizontal.

Whatever your feelings about your existing pillow or the dilemma of trading up, here are a few cold hard facts about the fluff.

Types of pillows

Synthetics are the least expensive, which also means they won't last as long - as least for some people. They may be preferred for their firmness and lack of give.

Foam pillows have improved greatly and now you can find the memory style that may not be your cup of tea, but they're still economical.

Feather pillows are considered an upgrade. They will give to fit your head and may be too soft for many folks.

Down is considered superior and, indeed, some price tags will reinforce that idea. They will typically regain their shape after a night's sleep. They're also judged by what is known as "loft," which means different grades of down will re-fluff to varying levels.

The "down" side of keeping your old pillow

Regardless of what type of pillow you own, over time it will gain weight. This is due to the addition of living creatures - they're known as dust mites - and the stuff they eject as they eat their way around your head.

If you're one to cut off labels, be sure to stash it somewhere, because sooner or later, this pillows needs to be cleaned. In most cases, they can be gently washed in a machine. Then, they have to be thoroughly dried. A wet pillow is a breeding ground for mold.

Over time, all pillows will attract a certain amount of body oils and grime. You can reduce this migration with protective cases, but there is no total barrier available.

Which pillow is right for you?

It boils down to a matter of preference. However, you can't exactly test drive a pillow. Think about bringing a fresh new puffpiece home with a secret history of other drooling faces. Once you own it - you have to love it. Sleep and spine experts have made recommendations. If you sleep on your side you should try an extra firm pillow. On your back, try a middle ground, and if you're a stomach sleeper (the worst for your spine), then aim for a super softie.

With that advice in mind, however, it's whatever choice of pillow will get you through the night - soundly. There is no magic formula. Let your budget and a few simple punches of the pillow at the store be your guide.


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