How to Choose the Perfect Pillow & Duvet

How to Choose the Perfect Pillow & Duvet

One of the first things to consider when buying a pillow or duvet is which filling to choose. In order to find a filling to suit your needs, there are four areas to consider;

Allergies

Allergies are widespread and affect approximately one in four of the population in the UK at some time in their lives. Each year the numbers are increasing by 5% with as many as half of all those affected being children. One of the main causes of allergies including asthma, eczema and rhinitis, is the dust mite. House dust mites love warm, cosy areas and for them, just like us, a toasty duvet is an inviting retreat.

  • If you are allergic to dust mites, choose a duvet and pillow that can be washed easily at 60 degrees centigrade, the temperature that kills dust mites. The Fine Bedding Company Spundown range is designed to fit into a domestic washing machine and can be washed at 60 degrees centigrade.
  • Alternatively, Allersafe Anti Allergy Bedding is a fantastic range that creates an environment where dust mites can not live or breed, this range can be washed at 40 degrees centigrade
  • SlumberSlumber.com shows washability temperatures and non-allergenic properties on each product details page to help you choose the right pillow and duvet.

Washability & Care

The second key buying decision to consider is how often do you want to wash your duvet or pillow?

Synthetic

  • Most synthetic pillows and duvets can be washed in a large capacity washing machine.
  • There are a wide range of synthetic duvets and pillows on the market and their quality varies enormously. SlumberSlumber.com offers a range of synthetic duvets and pillows which are of the highest quality as we aim to ensure that the wash performance of the products we sell, is second to none. Poor quality duvets will not wash well and will quickly become lumpy.
  • The Fine Bedding Company Spundown duvet can be washed at 60 degrees centigrade. The remarkably fine filling compresses easily, ensuring that unlike other duvets all sizes fit into a domestic washing machine.
  • Remember to always follow the care label that is sewn into any bedding product.

Natural

  • Natural duvets and pillows should be washed with extreme care.
  • Specialist cleaning for natural duvets and pillows is highly recommended.
  • It is essential that natural duvets be thoroughly dried. Even though a duvet may feel dry to the touch, often moisture remains within and if the duvet is not dried thoroughly then rotting can occur.
  • Always follow the care label that is sewn into any bedding product.

Breathability

A breathable product will allow moisture to be absorbed and dispersed. This will ensure that you stay comfortable throughout the night and don’t wake up as a result of being too hot or too cold. The breathability of a product is dependent upon the cover fabric and the filling that the product is made from.

Cover Fabric

  • A natural cover fabric such as cotton will have far better breathability than a man made fibre such as polyester.

Filling

  • Duvets and pillows containing natural fillings are more breathable than those which contain synthetic fillings as natural fillings possess the ability to absorb and disperse excess moisture. They can be filled with feather and/or down or other natural fibres such as silk and cotton.

Durability

Durability relates to duvets (not pillows) and is a measure of tog retention not wear and tear.

Materials Type Life expectency Benefits
Naturals Down 20 years Excellent life expectancy
Feather Blends 10 years The lower the count, the less time the product will last
Synthetic High Quality 5-10 years Vary depending on the quality
Medium Quality 3-5 years Highest quality is silicone coated – soft and lustrous
Low Quality 6 months – 2 years High quality filling will not matt with friction and compression

Pillows

Choosing the right pillow is important. The best pillow is the one that gives you the perfect combination of comfort and support. There are two key questions you should ask yourself to determine which pillow would be right for you:

Q. What level of support do I need: Soft, medium or firm?

If you are not sure about this, consider which position you normally sleep in;

  • For those who sleep on their back, a medium-firm pillow is best.
  • If you sleep on your side, choose a firm style that supports the neck.
  • Front sleepers, a soft pillow will provide cushioning and comfort.
  • If you suffer from neck problems, a memory foam pillow is perfect as they mould to the shape of the head and neck, relieving pressure on the area.

Q. What type of filling do you prefer, natural or synthetic?

Natural Pillows:

  • Down is the softest and finest pillow filling and offers soft-medium support.
  • Adding feather to the pillow adds more support.

Synthetic Pillows:

  • The majority of pillows available from SlumberSlumber.com are filled with polyester clusters or microfibre that can be easily re-plumped and moulds to the shape of your head.
  • Synthetic pillows can be washed in a domestic machine up to 60 degrees centigrade.

For more information on our products visit our full range of Pillows and Duvets.

How to choose the right pillow

How to choose the right pillow

A good pillow is just as important as a comfortable bed for getting a restful night’s sleep. Buying the right pillow and positioning it correctly could be one of the most important parts of achieving a good night’s sleep. In addition to providing comfort, the right pillows can also give the necessary support for the neck and spine, alleviating or preventing back and neck pain.

In addition to aggravating and even causing neck and back pain, incorrect pillows can also trigger allergic reactions. After two years of use, one-third of a pillow’s weight comprises of dirt, dead skin, dust mites and their droppings.

Pillows for Different Sleeping Positions

For correct sleeping posture, only your head and neck should be placed over your pillow. Do not place your shoulders on the pillow because this will elevate your upper body much higher than your lower body. Depending on your sleeping position, certain pillows might be better for you than others. Whether you’re a side sleeper, a back sleeper or a front sleeper, discover how to find your perfect pillow here.

How often should you replace a pillow?

There is often confusion about when you should buy new pillows. The life expectancy of a pillow varies depending on the type of material it is made from.

If you are unsure whether it’s time to replace your pillow, find out how to test your pillow here.

What pillow filling is best for me?

Feather and down pillows, such as down or feather pillows, give you comfort and adjustability. They can support your head, eliminate pressure points and increase facial circulation to decrease face squashing. Down is also not an option if you suffer from asthma or have allergies.

Wool pillows provide outstanding neck and head support whilst retaining a soft wool feel that resists flattening and bounces back easily after use. Wool is a great sleep aid, it draws moisture away from the skin and helps the body to maintain a steady temperature, meaning it’s never too hot or cold; and it’s also antibacterial and hypoallergenic as well as being naturally dust mite free.

Memory foam pillows are made of a dense, temperature-sensitive sponge-like material that can easily support your back and neck by conforming to your individual body shape. The memory foam moulds to your neck and head, creating a comfortable cradle for your head while you sleep. This can help relieve pain in your neck while you are sleeping.

Latex pillows are made from a rubber polymer that returns to shape time after time and offers you unrivalled comfort and support. The latex sponge is very reactive to pressure, but unlike memory foam it has instant bounce-back. Latex pillows also have the added benefit of being hypoallergenic.

Synthetic pillows are man-made, usually polyester. They are hypoallergenic making them ideal for allergy sufferers. However, they have a shorter life span and do not conform to the head and neck as well as most other pillows.

Orthopaedic pillows exist in several different shapes and materials and are most commonly used to relieve neck and back pain. Some promise to keep their shape or mould and adjust to your head and shoulders. They should always keep spine alignment as the number one focus.

Cover Fabric

  • Natural cover fabrics, such as cotton will have far better breathability than polyester and other man-made fibres.

Pillows for different sleep issues

Choosing the right pillow can help alleviate common sleep problems such as allergies, snoring and neck and back pains.

Snoring

When your head and neck are not properly supported your airways can be restricted, which can cause snoring. If your nasal passages are being obstructed, then your snoring may also be caused by an allergy.

The SlumberSlumber Contour Memory Foam Pillow with Silver is ideal for helping keep your airways open and offering superb comfort.

Allergies

Anti-allergy bedding, such as Allersafe is blended with Amicor Pure Acrylic Fibre, an intelligent fibre with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additives inside, creating an environment that is unsuitable for dust mites to survive. The Allersafe range of bedding can prevent the allergic reaction and reduce snoring.

Neck and back pain

If you suffer from back or neck pain, it’s important to look at your pillows. A change of pillow could help alleviate your back or neck pain.

Support pillows such as the Mediflow Pillow is designed to fit you perfectly. Simply fill with water, adjusting the amount of water to the degree of support you prefer. This flexibility allows you to choose from soft, medium or firm support. This will offer the correct firmness and cervical spine and head support while responding to changing sleep positions.

View our full selection of pillows here

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