I travel with my bed pillow.
That's how much I love and need it.
It supports my neck just right, and helps me get a good night's sleep. It's worth all the space it takes up in my luggage, even if I have to pay extra for baggage.
There is nothing better than sleeping with a good pillow.
In recent years, I've made a point of replacing all of the old bed pillows in each bedroom with better ones. Nice ones.
I've found that nothing says "sanctuary" like wonderful pillows, and plenty of them.
Considering that we spend one-third of our lives in bed, choosing the perfect pillow is essential for getting good sleep, and promoting overall personal health.
So how do you choose the right pillow?
These days, there are lots of options:
Stomach and back sleepers should choose a pillow that offers support for the neck, and is not super lofty. I personally love my contoured memory foam pillow, similar to this one:
Side sleepers should look for something puffier to fill in the space created by shoulders, to keep the neck aligned properly.
Most pillow packaging will show which body position it is designed for, and it's important to know how you sleep.
Filling: From hypo-allergenic fills to down feathers, there is a pillow for every preference. You can even find fillings made of buckwheat hulls, which shift along with your positions. I love down pillows, but have found that the "synthetic down" kind are just as comfortable, and retain their shapes a bit better. Pillows with a combination of feathers and down are an option that help keep the shape and support, while offering the softness that feels so delightful.
Speaking of softness: the level of packing makes all the difference. A firm pillow will have a higher level of material packed inside, while a softer pillow will obviously have less. I stand in the pillow aisle of the store and literally hold the pillow to my head and neck to see how it will actually feel.
I choose a firm, king-sized pillow as a "body pillow" to put between my knees when I lay on my side, and to support my arm. I can't sleep without this extra pillow in bed with me...it's that important.
My favorite place to find good, quality pillows at a reasonable price is HomeGoods. For my guest beds that don't get lots of use, I look for medium soft pillows with a polyester filling. One day I may spring for down filling, but the ones I've found there do the job beautifully.
They literally whisper, "come and sleep, you know you want to."
Now, if you are like me, and you put yourself (and your own personal comfort) last on the priority list (what with the needs of others and all), buying a new pillow for yourself feels like an unnecessary luxury.
I want you to stop that thinking right now.
I hereby give you permission to go get yourself a new pillow.!
Shoot, go ahead and get two.
For the cost of a meal out, you can dramatically improve your sleep, alleviate your neck and back problems, AND you'll feel absolutely pampered in the process.
Finding your perfect pillow will be the best thing you'll do for yourself all year.
Tell me: what's YOUR favorite pillow? Firm? Soft? Down? Foam?