Updating your bedding: choosing the right pillow

Thinking about updating your bedroom? While you could paint the walls, add new furniture or change the carpets, make sure that you pay particular attention to your bed. Rather than covering an old pillow with a new pillowcase, invest in fresh, clean and plump bedding as this will perk up the appearance of your room and also improve the quality of your sleep.

Finding the perfect pillow

As we spend up to a third of our lives in bed, it is important to create a space that we are truly comfortable with. A new pillow will be fresh, clean and perfectly plump, keeping your room fresh and helping you to get a good night’s sleep.

Rather than picking bedding on a whim, think carefully about your bed and sleep requirements. To find your perfect pillow, ask yourself the following questions:

Do I wake with aches and pains?

If your current pillow leaves you with an uncomfortable twinge in your neck, you need more support. A firmer pillow will keep your neck in line with your spine, allowing you to lie in a completely natural position that fully supports your head.

Synthetic pillows are the most supportive as the polyester clusters and microfibre filling mould to the shape of your head. Memory foam pillows have become a popular choice as the temperature sensitive foam fits the contours of your head to offer a personalised level of support.

Am I kept awake by snoring?

If you or your partner snores, it is time to change pillows. Again, a firmer pillow will keep the neck and spine in a natural position so that the windpipe isn’t restricted, which is one of the main causes of snoring.

What position do I sleep in?

If you sleep on your front, a softer pillow will be most comfortable. Meanwhile, a medium fill is best if you sleep on your back and a firmer pillow is ideal for those who sleep on their side. Natural down pillows offer a soft medium level of support, a feather and down combination is slightly firmer and synthetic bedding is even more supportive.

Do allergies affect my sleep

Invest in synthetic bedding that can be machine washed at 60°C. Cleaning the pillow every three months at such a high temperature will remove the build up of dust mites, which are known to aggravate allergies.

Discover your perfect pillowcase design

Once you have the right pillow, you can then turn your attention to finding the perfect pillowcase. For a real sense of harmony, match the style, colour and fabric with your current decor.

A housewife style will create a simple and minimalistic look, while an oxford pillowcase comes with the added decoration of a border or frill. There are also a range of fabrics to choose from including cotton, sateen and silk as well as an endless array of patterns and colours.

Through investing in a new pillow and pillowcase, you not only update the appearance of your bedroom, but also achieve better quality sleep, allowing you to create a space that is truly special.

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