Most of us spend about eight hours each night face-to-face with our pillow. Studies have proven again and again how important the quality of your pillow is to your sleep. Yet, like your premium mattress, your luxury pillow doesn’t stay pristine forever. The general rule is to replace your pillow every one to two years. However, certain types of pillows last longer than others, due to the quality and what it is made from. In fact, a latex pillow may last up four years, and both memory foam and feather pillows can last closer to three.
No matter which type of pillow you currently have, if it has been more than a few years since you’ve purchased it, it is time to begin shopping for a new one. Take this opportunity to pick the very best!
#1 Learn What Makes a Luxury Pillow Better Than the Rest. The difference between a $20 pillow from a discount store and a truly luxurious pillow are the same differences as a low-end mattress and the best of the best: what’s inside. Premium materials, being designed and handcrafted by experts, not only provides you with a better product on the very first night but it also lasts longer. A luxury foreign car, designer pair of shoes, and high-end pillow are made better and last longer; it’s as simple as that.
#2 Educate Yourself About Your Spinal Alignment. An old or cheap pillow is not only going to ruin your sleep and stop you from waking up feeling truly refreshed, but it can also trigger or worsen headaches, neck pain, and arm numbness. The main objective is to keep your cranium in “neutral alignment,” which means that your head is not too far back or forward, but rests squarely on your shoulders, similar in position to how you’d look standing up with good posture. Your ideal pillow, therefore, depends on which type of sleeper you are- back, side, or stomach. No matter which position you sleep in, the pillow should keep its shape and support you.
#3 Be Picky About Your Needs. Now that you know what you need for your body’s optimum spinal position, it is time to find a pillow that creates this alignment. There are many different types of pillows out there, from sizes to materials to shapes. While someone who sleeps on their side may need one specifically designed for that, another person may sleep on their back and worry more about getting one that helps to regulate their temperature. There are memory foam pillows, gel-filled pillows, organic cotton pillows, wool pillows, micro-fiber pillows, feather pillows, and more. You can purchase a firm pillow, a soft pillow, a medium pillow, and everything in between.
#4 Don’t Forget the New Linens. What good is purchasing brand new pillows that are naturally hypoallergenic, mold resistant, mildew resistant, and dust mite resistant if you’re just going to cover it up with old linens made from cheap, toxic materials? You don’t lay your face directly on your pillow, after all. What’s in between your skin and the pillow itself matters quite a bit. When you are ready to buy a new pillow it is also a great time to buy new linens.
Your pillow might not seem as important to a good night’s sleep as your luxury mattress, but it also serves a very important purpose. Your pillow supports your head and neck throughout the night, ensuring that you can wake up without neck pain or stiffness. Yet, after a few years, even the most high-end pillow will stop doing that. Wellness and health should be your top priority, and so you should strive to replace your pillow before it loses its ability to support you and gains a whole lot of disgusting skin cells and dust mites. For those who try to live as naturally and chemical-free as possible, there are even luxury organic pillows, crafted by PranaSleep, made of all natural Talalay latex and organic cotton. Rest your head on a cloud of dreamy support with a new luxury pillow!