Choosing the Perfect Pillow

For the perfect night’s sleep, it is important to choose the right pillow. Your perfect pillow should support both your head and neck and suit your natural sleeping position, whether you sleep on your front, back or side. Discover everything you need to know about choosing the right pillow in our guide:

How often should you replace your pillow?

Most of us will be guilty of not replacing our pillows, duvets and bedding as often as we should. The lifespan of your pillows will depend on the quality of the product and also the filling material. A synthetic pillow will usually need replacing more regularly than natural. As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend replacing your synthetic pillows every 12 months and natural fill pillows approximately every 2 years.

 

 

Signs your Pillow Needs Replacing

There is more than one way to tell whether your pillows are in need of a refresh. The easiest way to check is to take a good look at the pillow you sleep on. Overtime pillows can become discoloured from natural sweat and there comes a point when this is unhygienic. If your pillow is discoloured then this is a sign that it is time to replace it.

Another way to identify if you need to replace your pillow is to listen to your body. If you are regularly waking up with a neck ache, this could be a sign that the filling in your pillow may be too flat or too lumpy to support your neck. If you are regularly waking up with a blocked nose, this could be a sign you are allergic to the dust mites that can live in pillows. Washing your pillows correctly or replacing your pillows can help with this.

 

Make sure your pillow provides good support for the neck so that your spine becomes naturally extended.

How do you sleep?

Sleeping positions can vary from person to person and it is important to choose a pillow that best suits your natural sleeping position.

 

Do you sleep on the side?

If you sleep on your side it is best to choose a higher pillow with firm or medium firm support. Sleeping on your side creates a bigger space between your shoulder and head and therefore a high pillow offers better support. A firm pillow will fill the gap from head to the mattress and will avoid exposing your neck to unnecessary stretches and side bends. A good rule of thumb is to use your shoulder width as a yard stick, if you have wider shoulders you will require a higher pillow than someone with narrower shoulders. In general, men generally need higher support than women.

 

Do you sleep on your back?

If you sleep on your back you do not need a high pillow as you will be lying flat with the mattress. This means there is no space to fill between your head and the mattress. Make sure your pillow provides good support for the neck so that your spine becomes naturally extended. The better your neck is supported, the more comfortable you will be. And when you’re lying comfortably, you sleep better!

 

Do you sleep on your front?

If you are a front sleeper, be sure to choose a pillow without too much stuffing. It should be soft and also flexible so it can be shaped into the perfect pillow for you. However, it is not anatomically natural to sleep on your stomach as it can cause strain on your neck and spine. If that is how you naturally sleep, a relatively flat pillow can alleviate some of the unnatural stretch that your neck is exposed to. However, it can be so hard for the neck that in the long run, it may be better for you to find a pillow that can help you change your sleeping position, one which will make you feel comfortable lying on your side or back.

Natural fill pillows can be washed but require less frequent cleaning than their synthetic counterparts.

Which is the best filling material?

A range of filling options are available, from synthetic to natural down products and memory foam pillows. Your choice of filling will depend on budget and lifestyle as some pillows are easier to take care of.

 

Natural filling

Natural filled pillows are commonly made up of down and feather, and are the most luxurious pillows available. The natural filling makes these pillows soft, airy and easy to shape. Due to the quality, they will last a long time so are a good investment. If you are looking for a firm yet soft feel, a natural pillow could be for you. Natural fill pillows can be washed but require less frequent cleaning than their synthetic counterparts.

The DanaDream Hungarian Pillows offer a unique core filling design with a higher concentration of firmer pillows in the centre for support, surrounded by a layer of soft down filling for a luxurious nights sleep.

Synthetic

Synthetic filled pillows offer an alternative to natural fill products and tend to be the more affordable option. Fillings can range depending on the pillow but the DanaDream synthetic range is made from 100% 3D fibres which provide good support and comfort. And unlike other synthetic products, the DanaDream Fibre pillows can be washed at 60 degrees ensuring the removal of dust mites for a brilliantly clean and healthy sleep.

It is a common misconception that synthetic pillows do not attract dust mites. Dust mites can live in both synthetic and natural pillows but low quality and less clean natural fillings could promote higher levels of dust mites. However, the DanaDream natural and synthetic product ranges are made from high-quality materials and therefore should be chosen based on preference and budget.

 

Memory Foam

Memory foam pillows are a good option for those wanting good support and can adapt to let your head and neck rest in a natural position, free of tension. They best suit those who sleep on their side or back. Memory foam pillows are usually made from a synthetic moulded air foam.

Unlike other Memory Foam pillows, the DanaDream range has a bamboo mixed into the casing to help wick away heat and moisture to further improve your sleep. Our comfort pillow has a core made of plus-shaped clusters making it feel more like a regular pillow but with the added benefit of memory foam support.

Discover the DanaDream range and find the perfect pillow for you.