Do you take your pillow on holiday with you?

Do you take your pillow on holiday with you? Well, you should! It should be so comfortable that even just one night without it would be considered “a pain in the neck”!

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If you’ve never taken your pillow on holiday with you, or if you’ve taken it too many times – you may need to consider getting a new one.

But this time, let’s make sure you get the perfect pillow for YOU!

If you’re a Back Sleeper, follow these guidelines:

What you DON’T need is a pillow that pushes your head up too high.  You want to keep your spine in the most natural position.  Two thirds of the world’s population suffer from neck pain and for back sleepers this is from your head “falling” from side to side.

What you need is something that moulds around your head while giving your neck support.  So… NO plump, thick or stiff pillows.

A Feather pillow would be best for you, either the Duck Feather (although described as thick – it moulds beautifully around your head) or the 25% Duck Down pillow.  If you are prone to allergies, even though the feathers used in our feather pillows are sterilised, you should go for the Classic Pillow (also known as the Volpes pillow).

A Note on back sleeping: This position is great in that it balances out your body weight and keeps your internal organs aligned.  The drawback of this position is the snoring!  Turn your partner on their side if he/she is snoring and hopefully your night’s sleep will be better.

It’s important to remember that we sleep for about a third of our lives, so ensuring you have the right neck and spine support at night is absolutely imperative to keep your posture in-line.

For Side Sleepers, these guidelines apply to you:

Picture Courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic USA http://my.clevelandclinic.org/be_well/sleeping__healthy_spine_bewell1008.aspx
Picture Courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic USA http://my.clevelandclinic.org/be_well/sleeping__healthy_spine_bewell1008.aspx

You will need a thicker, plumper pillow.  It’s important for you, the side sleeper to fill the gap between your neck and shoulder, keeping your spine perfectly aligned.  Our choices for you are the following:

If you’re a side sleeper with allergies – you have to have the Volpes Hospitality Pillow.  If allergies aren’t a problem, then you should definitely invest in the Luxurious Duck Down pillow.

This pillow is a bit pricier than the other feather pillows, but it is overfilled with a 1200g mixture of duck down and feathers, and if you consider the investment and the effect it will have on your sore neck… you will find that it is more than worth it! (See the Volpes Catalogue for more details on this & other pillows – pg46)

Did you know?  Sleeping on your side, in the foetal position with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs is said to take stress off your back.  Sleeping on your LEFT side is said to reduce heartburn and is best for pregnant women, as it increases blood and nutrient flow to the foetus.

The Tummy Sleepers… I’m sure you know that sleeping on your tummy is not recommended – but we know that it’s almost impossible to change a sleep habit like that… so what you need is a flat pillow and if possible you should use it for under your chest.  The best pillows here would be either the Duck Feather pillow or the Classic pillow, for the allergy sufferers.

Lastly, if you know you have the best pillow for you, just go and check that it doesn’t need replacement…  The way to do this is as follows:

Fold your pillow in half, if it doesn’t unfold (at least partially) on its own – It’s time to get a new one.  Ideally – a pillow should be replaced every six months to a year.

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