What Are The Best Pillows?

The pillow you rest your head on is a key factor for enjoying the best night’s sleep.  If you find yourself tossing and turning, squishing your current pillow into different shapes to try and get comfy at night, it’s likely you have the wrong pillow.

But what are the best pillows? With so many options out there, it can be hard to choose. But we are here to help you figure it all out.

We all have different comfort needs, so your pillow will be personal to you, one size does not fit all. Firstly, the right pillow needs to provide comfort to help you relax and fall asleep faster and into a deeper sleep. It needs to offer you the support you need for your preferred sleep position.

What is your sleep position?

Pillows for side sleepers

Sleeping on your side is a popular choice for many, with a high percentage of the UK opting for this sleep position.

When sleeping on your side, you need a pillow to provide good neck support to promote better spinal alignment and of course, comfort is key! Firm pillows, that are generously filled or contain a foam core are the best option for this sleep position.

There are a wide range of firm pillows for side sleepers to choose from, such as the Sealy Side Sleeper Pillow. The pillow features a deeply supportive foam centre that encourages your neck and spine to remain straight and neutral for ultimate comfort and posture support while you snooze. The foam is surrounded by bouncy fibres and has a breathable cotton cover, providing even more comfort.

Pillows for back sleepers

If you prefer sleeping on your back, using a pillow with a medium firmness is ideal for you. This type of pillow provides the perfect balance between support and comfort. It allows your head to sink in, cradling your neck just the right amount to offer that cosy feeling as you drift away.

There are so many options when it comes to medium firmness pillows from memory foam, natural feather pillows to squishy synthetic pillows filled with soft and fluffy fibres. These types of pillows are supportive yet offer a level of softness.

You can’t go wrong with the Silentnight Deep Sleep Pillows. These pillows are designed to suit all types of sleepers, especially those who sleep on their back and side. They are generously filled with soft and squishy fibres, helping you to drift off into a deeper sleep.

Pillows for front sleepers

If you sleep on your front, soft pillows are the ultimate dream. Front sleepers prefer a pillow that offers plush, cloud-like comfort. Soft pillows are typically filled with gentle, squishy fibres and have a low loft. The pillows are designed to be thinner to prevent too much elevation of the head and neck, which can cause discomfort to your neck.

Maintaining proper spinal alignment is essential for any sleeping position, including front sleeping. Using a low soft pillow helps keep the spine in a more neutral position.

The Nanu Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow can easily be adjusted to suit your needs. For front sleepers, the inside filling can be removed to achieve your ideal pillow height. The filling consists of Memory Fibre, which is a unique blend of responsive shredded memory foam and ultra-soft fibres.

This blend of Memory Fibre allows air to move freely, meaning that the pillow offers breathability as well as soothing support.

Types of pillows

Synthetic pillows

Synthetic pillows are filled with man-made materials such as polyester hollowfibre. Synthetic pillows are a favourite for many as they cater to a wide range of comfort needs.

This material is hypoallergenic, making the pillows gentle on the skin and less likely to cause allergies. It is also easy to apply anti-allergy treatments to the fibres, so they are an ideal choice for those who suffer from allergies and want to enjoy a restful sneeze free sleep.

Additionally, these pillows are more affordable than a natural feather and down option and can provide just as much comfort and support. They are super easy to care for and retain their shape after washing and a good old plump. Often covered in soft fabrics such as microfibre or cotton for extra softness and comfort. The Silentnight Hotel Collection Pillows are our bestselling luxury pillows. Not only to they look super stylish, the fibres inside are luxuriously soft and silky, making them a great alternative to a natural feather and down filling.

Feather Pillows

Feather pillows are a luxurious option that may come with a higher price tag. However, they are also known to be durable, long-lasting, and able to suit various sleeping positions.

They provide natural softness and loft for an excellent level of comfort and support as you sleep. The feathers are naturally breathable and have great temperature regulation, allowing for a cool sleep surface in warm weather and cosy warmth in winter.

Try our Silentnight Ultimate Luxury Hungarian Goose Feather & Down Pillow. This pillow is filled with high-quality goose feathers and down, providing luxurious comfort for your head to sink into as you drift off to sleep. The feathers are naturally lightweight and airy, giving the pillow a nice boost. It comes with a soft and smooth cotton cover, making it even more luxurious. Bliss!

Memory Foam Pillows

Memory Foam pillows offer the best in soothing comfort and will leave tossing and turning a thing of the past. Memory foam moulds to the unique contours of your head and neck providing a relaxing sink-in feeling as you sleep. This material is great at easing pressure points, reducing aches and pains, and encouraging proper spinal alignment.

We highly recommend the Silentnight Impress Memory Foam Pillow, which comes in both firm and soft options. This pillow is a timeless choice, providing optimal support and dreamy comfort for a restful night’s sleep.

Cooling Pillows

Overheating is the most common cause of sleep disturbance in the UK. Ever find yourself flipping your pillow over to find the cool side? We may have the answer you’ve been looking for. Our Silentnight Cool Touch Pillow is designed to offer a long-lasting soothing sleep surface, perfect for over heaters. Cool to the touch, the pillow features a clever pressure activated cooling gel pad, this unique pad helps to absorb excess body heat so you can enjoy a blissfully cool night’s sleep.

We also recommend the Silentnight Airmax Pillow, this pillow offers breathable comfort all through the night. The pillow features air mesh walls that allow air to flow freely around your head for a comfortably refreshing night’s sleep.

Pregnancy pillows

Pregnancy pillows are a must-have for soon-to-be mums as they provide much-needed comfort and support during the pregnancy journey. These specially designed pillows help reduce discomfort caused by growing bumps, backaches, and other pregnancy-related issues.

The Silentnight Body Support Pillow offers cushioning comfort for expecting mums. Its large bolster shape promotes better alignment of the body, reducing pressure on joints to ensure a more relaxed and healthier sleep. This is also a great choice as a pillow for maternity. Its shape easily adjusts to provide a comfortable position for nursing the baby.

Find Your Perfect Pillow

Choosing the perfect pillow is key to a good night’s sleep. Everyone has their unique pillow preferences, so no one pillow will work for all. Your sleep position plays a part in determining the best pillow for you as we all need different levels of support and comfort needs.

The type of pillow filling and materials are also a consideration. Depending on your needs, such as allergies, preference for natural softness, tendency to overheat at night, or desire for personalised support, there are pillows out there for you.

We recommend switching out your pillows every couple of years. This helps prevent the build up of dust mites and ensures that your head and neck are properly supported. By choosing the right pillow and keeping it clean, you’ll be able to enjoy a great night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Sweet dreams!