The five rules to choose your pillow

Do you get up every morning with the strange sensation of not being rested? Perhaps the culprit is hiding under your neck. The pillow is not for the support, it also guarantees the quality of sleep. Follow the guide of our expert Christine Péjaudier, General Manager at the National Bed, before obtaining the appropriate model. For more about your sleeping buddies, visit

Rule # 1: Try the Pillow Before Buying

The first rule of thumb is to buy the pillow only after trying at the store. No need to feel the pillow by the hands or fold it in half to evaluate its comfort. Find a place where you can lie down to test it. Make sure your future sleeping companion supports your head properly, which must sink by one-third to restore the gap between the mattress and the natural height of the head. If the pillow meets your comfort criteria, this is already a good point.

Rule # 2: Tell the Difference Between a Sleeping Pillow and a Resting Pillow

Relaxation or deep sleep? It must be admitted that this question has never been asked. And yet the pillows support us differently depending on whether we want to sleep for eight hours or relax by reading before bed. To get a deep sleep, opt for the rectangular shape. It is able to support the head and keep the head at the same height as the spine. To fill up the zen, head to the square shape, it supports the head and also the upper body in a sitting position. Also, it remains supple and pleasant and avoids slipping four pillows behind his back and hurting himself.


Rule # 3: Choose according to your sleeping positions

The choice of a pillow depends, of course, on comfort, so it is very personal. But some models are still advocated according to the positions adopted during the night:

You sleep on your stomach

If most of your nights, if you sleep face up against mattresses, it would be better not to use pillows! Your vertebrae will stay aligned, and you will prevent your swallowing muscles and trachea from being energized. If you can not do without a pillow, it should be fluffy (made of soft down for example), rather flat (5-6 cm thick), or a pillow of wool.

You sleep on your back

The pillow must be firm to ensure good support for the neck but should never break the breast and send the head back. However, a pillow too hard can cause migraines. Remember that your head should sink a third in the pillow. If you suffer from cervical concerns, you can take a ‘shape memory’ pillow that fits and remains compact. Attention, the synthetic materials make you sweat while the wool, natural material, will offer you the comfort.

You sleep on the side

The choice for side sleepers is much more flexible. It should not just cover the head but also the neck and ear. Again, the wool which is never too hard, can do the trick.

Rule # 4: Focus on the main materials

Pay attention to the material when buying.

Tip: Each morning, tap the opposite corners of your pillow to make it resume its shape. You will earn him a year’s worth of life.


It is the only material that is not transpired. This fiber is very breathable and adapts to the temperature of the sleeper. Depending on the support you want under your neck, you can shape the wool or remove it to find the ideal comfort.

Memory foam

This memory foam pillow is ergonomic, supports the neck of the sleeper and maintains its position to avoid any pain in the cervical. However, be careful, the synthetic material might make you sweat and reacts according to the temperature of the room: the warmer it is, the more flexible the foam will adapt to the neck of the sleeper. Similarly, a shape memory model is less suitable for agitated people during the night.

Feather and down

It is better to opt for the feather with better quality than the down because pillows made of 100% feathers have a little hard central part. It, therefore, offers maximum comfort. From very flexible to very firm, there are several densities depending on the needs of each one. Quality depends on the origin of the goose and duck feather.


Very easy to clean and dry. But like any synthetic material, it makes you sweat.


Rule # 5: knowing how to maintain its condition after a few years

If it is advisable to change your bedding every ten years, it is better to find a replacement for your pillow every three to five years. With a collapsed pillow, your head may no longer be held.

To prevent it from becoming flat like a pancake after a year, tap the pillow on the opposite sides each morning to regain its shape. You will earn him a year of life!

It only remains for you to relax each night before sinking into the arms of Morpheus.


For a pillow with feather and down filling, to keep it bulky and the quality of its filling longer, we advise you to shake it every day.

All pillows need to be washed weekly or monthly (40 ° for a feather and down pillow and 60 ° for the synthetic).

For foam-filled pillows, we advise you to wash your removable cover in machine and to clean the foam with a damp cloth if necessary with a little of our soap-removing soap.


  • By washing your pillow filled with feathers and / or down, slip a few tennis balls into the machine’s drum to keep it bulging longer.
  • A good daily ventilation of the room remains the best solution and is essential to preserve the life of your pillow. Indeed, direct daylight and temperatures below 15 ° C kill mites and certain bacteria.
  • The pillow case: The pillow case is a good solution to protect your pillows. For hygienic, it helps prevent night sweat from reaching your pillow. With a pillow case, you do not need to wash your pillow often, and it will keep the pillows bulky. It, therefore, guarantees a longer lifetime for your pillow. The pillow case also revives and ensures an anti-mite or waterproof perspiring comfort. For a little perspiring person, cotton material is ideal.

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