As you select the right mattress to sleep on with comfort at the top of your mind, selecting the right pillow is equally important. Think how long it took you to decide on your new bed, and how many beds you had to lie on to get the right one. If you looked at a memory foam mattress then you may remember how different they can feel, how when you turn over it moulds to your bodies shape. When you put the memory foam mattress on a different base that can completely change the feel and ultimately how comfortable it is. You will have similar experiences when deciding on your new memory foam pillow.
Memory foam conforms to the shape of your head and neck, distributing weight over the pillow as it provides a balanced support good for the spine, helping to avoid excessive pressure on the neck. Memory foam will react to the bodies temperature helping to keep your head cool giving you a better night’s sleep. The best memory foam pillow should help keep your spine in a good sleeping position, aligning your head and neck to allow for a comfortable night’s rest. Memory foam pillows are much healthier for your head, neck, and back in the long run.
Depending on the way you prefer to sleep will depend on which is the right pillow for you. The thickness, shape, and firmness of a pillow as well as how you sleep and which position you favour all have bearings on the pillow that will feel the most comfortable, ultimately giving you the best night’s sleep.
Features to have in mind
It’s never easy choosing the best memory foam pillow in the UK. The material, design, size, shape, and firmness are some of the things to consider. Pillows are a very personal choice, when looking at your options, the best pillows the UK has to offer the following the memory foam pillow buying guide can assist you in your search.
Remember to take into account if you have any existing problems such as neck or shoulder pain, snoring, getting comfortable, if you suffer from raised temperatures or have any allergies. All of these are important factors to consider when purchasing a new pillow.
As you choose a pillow the material is a consideration worth looking at. Note the fabric on the pillow itself, the inner content and any covers it comes with. Is the pillow and its covers made from a breathable fabric for temperature control, helping to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Is the pillow hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant, this may be important for you if you suffer from hay fever, eczema, sensitive skin or have allergies? Check to see if the memory foam pillow has a removable outer cover that is washable and even perhaps able to go in your tumble dryer. Having a washable pillow cover is a benefit, not all memory foam pillow covers are, and some have to be carefully maintained according to manufacturer’s guidelines. It is worth noting any special maintenance instructions as some types of material for example gel memory pillows need a different type of maintenance to a non gel memory pillow. Exposing the inner core of this pillow type to sun or a washing machine can greatly reduce the life of the gel memory pillow. Your new pillow may require a monthly gentle hand flap or vacuum cleaner to clean the core dust. Do the manufacturers offer any warranty with the pillow?
Generally, solid memory foam pillows should not be put in a washing machine to clean them as this will break up and weaken the padding inside the pillow, instead clean by running warm water over it. Most memory foam pillows will have an outer cover that is usually machine washable. If your memory foam pillow does not have this it may be a good idea to invest in a pillow protector, some strong hair dyes can rub off on pillows discolouring them over time, other hair products can also have this effect. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and guidance notes for the cleaning and maintenance of your memory foam pillow.
You may have noticed some pillows are of the curved contour design to help to align the spine and reduce back, neck and shoulder pain. This design may be different to what you have been used to and it can be a very different feel to your sleeping position. These types of pillows are generally referred to or known as orthopedic pillows. If you are suffering from any form of neck pain you may want to check out these types of pillows. Consider the way you mostly sleep, are you a person who mainly sleeps on your side or back? All of these factors are important when considering the correct pillow. Is the pillow the correct firmness for you and if not is it adjustable?
Will the pillow fit a standard size pillow case? If any of your existing lovely bedding covers and duvets match can it still be used on your new pillow? How many layers of memory foam have been incorporated into the pillow as some designs offer more than one layer? Does the design conform to British safety standards?
Other factors to note include:
- Whether the pillow has washable covers and is easy to maintain.
- The softness or firmness of the pillow and if this can be adjusted by removing some of the filling.
- The size of the pillow and will you need to buy new covers?
- Is the fabric breathable or does it offer a temperature regulating technology?