By far one of the questions I am asked the most, 'Which pillow should I have?' or 'How many pillows should I have?'
My honest belief is that there is not one pillow to suit all or a set of golden rules that apply to everyone when choosing their pillow. I am of the opinion that there is no 'correct' way to sleep, we all need to sleep in the most comfortable way we can - we are all individuals. I also believe that we need the freedom to be able to move around in our sleep (if thats what we naturally do) - so pillows that are designed specially for side sleepers, back sleepers etc can be quite restrictive.
In my opinion, as far a as pillows go, keep it simple.
Despite our individual needs there are some top tips I share with patients when they ask:
1. It is worth spending a little bit of money - If you work out your cost per use of a pillow that you use everyday for a number of years compared to a cheaper one that you will have to replace a lot sooner, it is so worth making sure you have the one you need in the first place.
2. Don't be pulled in by gimmicks - there are SO many different shapes and styles of pillow on the market, all claiming to be the cure of all back and neck pain. Although some patients have reported them to have helped, I am always a little wary in particular of shaped/moulded pillows. How can a pillow that fits a 6'4 board shouldered rugby player also be exactly the right size and shape for a petite 5'2 woman?
3. One pillow should be enough - if you have found the right pillow for you, there shouldn't be any need to sleep with more than one. If you're like me and still like to make the bed look nice, make sure you get rid of all the fancy pillows and cushions on the bed before you drop off to sleep and end up cricking your neck.
4. Whatever pillow you go for - When on your side, make sure you tuck the pillow right in to fill the space between your neck and shoulder, almost so that your head is right in the middle of the pillow. When on your back, again make sure that the pillow is right underneath your neck again so that your head is towards middle of the pillow as opposed to perching on the edge. If you like to sleep on your tummy, consider getting rid of the pillow and laying as flat as you can.
What do I recommend?
My favourite pillow, that I have personally used for the last 8 years, and that I recommend to a lot people is the Dunlopillo. A 100% natural latex pillow, it's priced mid range (roughly £60-70 although at the time of writing this on offer on Amazon for £52 - click here) It's guaranteed for 5 years, I've just replaced mine after 8 so it has been well worth its money.
The reason I love it - the latex makes it very soft and comfortable, unlike some other brands that can be quite solid, yet it is dense enough to give a good amount of support that doesn't decrease over time - it just keeps springing back.
NB: I am not in earning anything from recommending Dunlopillo, I just genuinely think they are great!