Your choice of pillow could be more important than you think. If you experience neck pain on waking or your pillow simply does not feel comfortable, then it may be time to reconsider what you are sleeping on. The leading determiner of your pillow type should be your sleeping position. Whether you are a back, side, or front sleeper, to maintain good sleep posture, your head, neck, and spine need to be comfortable and supported. If your pillow is too deep or high, your spine will have to curve upwards and your neck will not be fully relaxed during sleep. Similarly, with a pillow that is too soft or thin, there may not be sufficient support for your neck, making it overly stretched while you sleep. Ultimately, your neck needs to be maintained in a neutral position.
Once you have established your sleeping position, considering what you want your pillow to be made from. Natural materials are kinder to the environment, chemical-free and breathable against the skin, so you can avoid any sticky tossing and turning. They are also (usually) machine washable, which helps keep them clean and hygienic. If you select natural fibres, then the feather content of the filling is particularly important because a pillow needs to be able to support the weight of the head. A relaxed head and neck position are ensured by strong feathers in the appropriate filling density. The percentage of down in a pillow varies and should be selected depending on the desired degree of hardness and the required support.
To help you make the right choice, here is our guide to choosing the best pillow based around how you sleep.
Your neck and head will need to be supported well, so they are aligned with your shoulders in the same way as when you are standing up. We therefore recommend a higher pillow for side sleepers, such as one with a firm core but soft, comfortable surround. Our three-chamber Siberian pillow has a highly resilient, shape-retaining feather core, and soft and fluffy down-filled chambers around it. The pillow is available in a firm tension only due to the quantity of overall filling and weight.
If you are mainly a back sleeper, you will need a pillow that allows for proper spine alignment. It must give adequate support for your head and neck whilst feeling comfortable. You will need your head to sink into the pillow more, so a medium pillow is a good choice with a beautiful feel. Our 100% Siberian Goose Down pillow in medium or Canadian goose down with 10% feathers in soft is a good choice. The Canadian goose down pillow has a little more weight to it, despite being a softer tension.
As a front sleeper, you will need a pillow that squashes down easily but remains lovely to the touch, so you may want to avoid feathers that can sometimes be felt through the cover when a pillow is compressed. Our 100% Siberian Goose Down in a soft tension is our lightest weight pillow. With no feathers, it will provide a slim profile, helping you maintain the alignment of your spine whilst you sleep.
All our pillow types are available to purchase in our showrooms or our online shop (UK customers only). If you want to test them beforehand, please visit one of our showrooms where one of our consultants will happily talk you through our range of pillows.