The pillow is something you will lay your head on every night without ever giving a second thought
However, did you know your pillow can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep, and subsequently your day?
For instance, an ill-fitting pillow can trigger or worsen headaches, neck pain and even arm numbness.
As we all sleep differently, it will be necessary to put a little science into play when choosing your pillow. To give us the inside scoop, Angela Moran, product category director at Silentnight, shares her tips:
1 What position do you sleep in?
It's important to choose the right pillow, based on how you sleep. Front sleepers should opt for a softer pillow which moulds to support their head and neck, while side and back sleepers should use firmer pillows, to keep their head supported and the spine aligned. The key part is keeping your head in a neutral alignment, ensuring it's neither too far back or too far forward.
2 Do you have allergies?
25 per cent of all allergies and 50 per cent of asthmatic conditions are directly attributed to allergens produced, which are found in beds and bedding. The best bet is anti-allergy hollowfibre bedding, which can be easily washed and dried at home and actively prevents dustmites.
3 Do you overheat in bed?
Thanks to technological advancements, some hollowfibre products are actively able to wick sweat away. These pillows contain gel layers to keep your head cool at night. Avoid memory foam as it responds well to body heat.
4 Do you wake up with a sore head or neck?
This could be due to the material in your pillow - a firmer pillow could be an option. In this instance, you should investigate memory foam, Geltex or Latex pillows, which provide additional support to keep your head in the right position.
5 How long will you use your pillow for?
Pillows have a lifespan of roughly three years - at that point, it's best to change them. In the meantime, if you do spend a lot of money on your pillow, maintain it by washing it every two months and giving it a spin in the dryer every month. This will restore its shape and kill dustmites.