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Pillows Come In All Shapes And Sizes

How do you select the right pillow? A good pillow should not only be comfortable but also supportive of your neck and back. Choosing the right one can be time-consuming, but if you do some research to decide whether you need a soft, medium or firm pillow, you will eliminate two-thirds of the pillows on the market.

Here are a few tips to consider before you buy, starting with the filling types.

Down filled pillows creates the softest, plushest and moldable pillows but they provide the least amount of neck and back support.

Cotton filled pillows are the least flexible of the filling types. Cotton pillows are firm and provide good neck support. However, they typically go flat and are not plush.

Memory foam pillows are made of a special foam that molds to your head and neck to provide maximum comfort and custom support.

Wedge pillow have a slight incline ensuring that your head will stay elevated throughout the night. Some people find that wedge pillows help them breathe better, while others use them to reduce morning swelling in the facial region.

Cervical roll pillows help distribute pressure among your neck, shoulders and head evenly. If you tend to sleep heavily on one of these body parts, a cervical roll pillow is a perfect choice. At first it might feel unnatural but doing so will help keep your spine aligned with your neck while your weight evenly distributed.

There are three main types of pillows and they all have different functions. Keep these in mind when you are ready to go shopping.

Bed pillows are made to be used in bed, they are rectangular and should be covered with pillowcases to keep clean and protected.

Orthopedic pillows are for people who frequently suffer from neck or back problems. The pillows provide more neck, shoulder and head support than other pillows and help keep the spine aligned with the neck to alleviate stiffness.

Decorative pillows are not normally used for comfort as they are for decorating purposes. Generally, they are smaller and are not recommended for long sleep.

If you donít have neck or back problems, you can probably make do with a regular bed pillow. A general rule is finding the right pillow that provides the right amount of comfort and support.

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