As important as your mattress, a good quality, comfortable pillow can significantly reduce any neck, back or shoulder pain experienced when sleeping. Pillows that have become lumpy or discoloured will no longer provide proper support and could contain high levels of dust mites and skin; an irritant to allergy sufferers. Although many pillows are fully washable, it is advisable to replace them every two years.
An important part of your bedding essentials, pillows come in different types, textures and fillings. The two main types of pillow fillings are natural and synthetic. Natural filled pillows will keep their shape and level of support for longer than synthetic, but it is still recommended to plump them daily. Synthetic pillows can be made from visco-elastic, polyurethane foam, latex, gel or fibre-filled; or any combination of these.
Offering good support and pain relief, memory foam pillows are usually soft and smooth contouring to the shape of your head and neck. More long lasting and made from a natural material, Latex Pillows are cooler than memory foam and have great pressure relieving qualities. Gel Pillows provide a unique massage effect from their gel centre and provide added softness. The Kaymed Gel Therapy Pillow is a deluxe gel and microfibre pillow benefiting from a unique massage effect from its gel centre and added softness from its micro-fibre surround.
Natural filled pillows contain either goose down, duck down, or a complement of both. The more down or feathers within the pillow, the firmer it tends to be. Down filled pillows tend to be softer than feather and are a little pricier.