The perfect pillow awaits!

The perfect pillow awaits!

Lay your head on the pillow it deserves

A comfy pillow is often the key to well-rested sleep, and given that we spend a third of our lives sleeping,  it’s important to find one that suits. With so many options and styles available, finding the perfect pillow for you can be difficult, especially when you don’t know what you should look for.  Never fear – we’ve compiled this easy guide with handy tips to help you find your fit.

Sleeping position: it matters!

Remember to pick a pillow that matches the way you sleep.  Many people don’t realise that pillows of different shapes and densities can dramatically alter your sleep quality.  Here’s how to match your pillow to your sleeping position to enjoy an ultra-comfy night’s sleep:

Pillows for Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers

If you sleep on your stomach, opt for a low profile pillow with a soft to medium loft.

Pillows for Back Sleepers

Back sleepers

If you sleep on your back, a medium profile pillow with medium loft will provide the support and comfort required.

Pillows for Side Sleepers

Side sleepers

If you are a side sleeper, with a smaller frame, choose a medium profile/density pillow; larger frames require a higher profile.

Note: If you require neck support, a contoured pillow will be the most suitable as it moulds to the shape of your neck for correct spinal alignment.

Pillow fillings

Synthetic or natural?  Down or feather?  Latex or memory foam?

There is no correct answer – the ideal filling will vary from person to person. There are a variety factors to consider when choosing the right pillow filling – depending on your specific needs for softness, firmness and cost. Natural down and feathers are often touted as the most luxurious options, but these may not suit every budget.  Your best bet is to conduct some research and decide what matters most to you. Is it softness?  Density?  Cost-effectiveness for the entire family?  Make sure you know what you want in a pillow and of course, feel free to give our friendly customer service team a call or head into store for additional advice.

Synthetic

Synthetic pillows are made from man-made fibres including polyester and microfibre.  Synthetic pillows are ideal for anyone with allergies as they are machine-washable.  These pillows are lightweight and are available in a number of profiles and densities.

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Synthetic pillows

Memory foam

Memory foam is a pressure-relieving sponge-like material that moulds to the natural contours and curves of your body, relieving pressure points and maintaining correct spinal alignment. Memory foam is temperature-sensitive and therefore will be firmer in cooler temperatures and softer in warmer temperatures. Zip off covers make for easy cleaning and dispels dust mites, bacteria, mold and mildew.

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Memory foam pillows

Latex

Latex is a natural fibre and is produced from the sap of a rubber tree. The natural properties of latex make it antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, mold and bacteria. There are two types of latex: Talalay (bounce foam) and Dunlop (springy foam).

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Latex pillows

Feather and down

Another natural fibre, down grows under the outer protective layer of feathers. The down clusters are resilient and fluffy with no quill, and are extremely light with superior loft. As a rule, the higher percentage of down, the loftier and more supportive the pillow will be. In the same way, the higher percentage of feather, the firmer the pillow is.

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Feather and down pillows

Wool blend

Wool blend pillows are blended with synthetic fibres, creating loft and strengthening the wool fibres, adding firmness to the pillow.  A wool blend pillow keeps the face and neck cool, dry and comfortable.

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Wool blend pillows

Dentons

Pillow Talk also offers a range of specialised therapeutic pillows by Dentons, made from moulded polyurethane foam that is tailored for specific sleeping positions or issues. They are treated with Health Fresh for effective control of bacteria, mold and mildew.

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Dentons therapeutic pillows

Is it time for a new pillow?

To ensure good hygiene, your pillow should ideally be replaced every six months, and most definitely every 2 years.  While dust mites don’t pose a dangerous health risk or cause disease, they can trigger allergies in as many as two thirds of people.  You don’t want to be sharing your bed with the mites that make a home in your pillow, so we recommend airing you pillows when you change your bed linen, washing your pillows (following their special care instructions) and replacing them at least every 18 months.

Tip: A handy way to keep track of how old your pillows are is to write the month and year that you purchased them on the care label.

  • All pillows should be aired frequently to remove body moisture that will have been absorbed during sleep. This refreshes the pillow and lofts the filling.
  • Check the care label on the pillow for cleaning instructions – some are dry-clean only.
  • Some pillows e.g. Latex have removable washable zippered covers for ease of cleaning.
  • In periods of high humidity, feather pillows may develop an odour. The solution is to air well and spray gently with a linen spray.
  • The use of a pillow protector will enhance the pillow’s life span and keep it looking like new.
Pillow Type Size
Standard Pillow 40-48 x 60-73 cm
European Pillow 65 x 65 cm
Queen Pillow 50 x 78 cm
King Pillow 50 x 90 cm
Body or Bed Buddy Pillow 150 x 45 cm
U Shape or Boomerang Regular Pillow 70 x 38 cm
U Shape or Boomerang Jumbo Pillow 78 x 42 cm
Junior Pillow 36 x 54 cm
Baby Pillow 28 x 33 cm

Personalise your pillow choice for the best possible sleep

At Pillow Talk, we pride ourselves on being pillow specialists.  We stock a wide range of pillows – so if you’re in need of personal service, find your nearest store and our friendly staff can help you decide on the best pillow to suit your sleep style.

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