August 9th 2009

Picking out the perfect pillow

Nothing says a good night’s sleep like laying your head down after a hectic day on your favourite pillow. Whether its a long day at the office, chasing around your children, or studying for exams, a good snooze might be all we have to look forward to.So why ruin it with a terrible pillow? Mattresses and pillows are never cut and dry – each person has a different preference.

Always choose a pillow based on how you sleep:

On your…
– you’ll need a soft pillow with little elevation.
…back – get a medium pillow with moderate elevation.
…side – opt for a firmer pillow with higher elevation; filling space between ear and shoulder, so head and neck are aligned.
…everywhere – since you’re constantly moving, check out pillows made of down, as they have a lot of give to maneuver with your body, but still a lot of support, too.

After you choose, be sure to replace your pillows every two years. Not only can it contain dust mites, it can also harbour a lot of debris and dirt.

They’ve reached their prime if they feel lumpy, have lost their luster, or won’t re-fluff, no matter how hard you try. And if you can fold it in half and it stays there? It’s time to toss ‘er.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.