Pillow Talk: How To Choose the Right Sleep Pillow

A good night’s sleep rests on the right pillow. A pillow has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Not only does it support your head and neck, it helps align and maintain the curvature of your spine during sleep, so you have a restorative experience instead of one that causes further aches and pains.

The best pillow is not one size fits all. And if you don’t give much thought to where you lay your head, you should. According to Chris Schollenberger, director of PureSleep at Art Van Furniture, 30% of the comfort of your sleep will come from your pillow.

“A mattress should cradle your spine and the pillow is responsible for the neck up,” he says. “The goal is to have you lying in bed with the same posture you use when you stand. And for that reason, people should purchase their mattress and pillow together.”

The pillow that would be fitted for you depends upon your answer. Pillows come in different lofts, which are based on gaps presented. If you sleep on your side, you need a higher loft. If you sleep on your back, you require a lower loft. And stomach sleepers need pillows with the lowest loft. According to WebMD, 63% percent of Americans sleep on their side, 14% sleep on their back, and 16% on their stomach. Once you know your sleep position, you can choose the pillow that will provide proper support.

 

Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side, you need a firm, full pillow that will fill the space between your ear and shoulder. Look for one that will maintain its shape to eliminate neck pain. Sleep experts say sleeping on your side provides the most comfortable position for your spine, and can help alleviate back pain.

 

Stomach Sleeper

If you’re a stomach sleeper experts say you might not even need a pillow for your head, but you can tuck one beneath your stomach to avoid lower back pain. Sleeping on your stomach causes strain on your lower back and has the potential for causing neck pain. Sleep experts do not recommend this position, but if this is the best way you can fall asleep, choose a thin, almost flat pillow.

 

Back Sleeper

If you sleep on your back, you need a thin pillow, too. Look for one with extra loft in the bottom third to provide cradling for your neck. You can also place a soft pillow under your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your spine.

 

For more pillow choices, visit Art Van Pure Sleep where you’ll learn about our complete sleep system that includes a mattress, foundation, mattress protector and pillow. Getting fitted to the right pillow could be the difference between tossing and turning and getting the best sleep!

The Social Event of the Cul-de-sac

If you’d like to take your outdoor soiree in a little more refined direction, a good old fashioned garden party fits the bill. Your first order of business will be reassuring your husband he doesn’t have to wear knickers or drink tea with his pinky up. A “garden” party is simply a more stylish affair than a traditional backyard barbecue.

A proper garden party is always held entirely in the open air with plenty of seating options. Roll out a couple of inexpensive carpet remnants as a way to define a space and as an alternative to blankets which can easily bunch and look messy. Don’t forget to throw around comfort elements like variously-sized pillows for lazy-afternoon lounging.

It is however customary to have a tent or other covered area for the food and refreshments. Serve light tapas alongside an assortment of cheeses (and we’re not talking cheddar) and lush, refreshing salads. For cooling off, keep a supply of citrus-infused water and fresh lemonade with sprigs of mint flowing to help quench parched throats—especially if you’re throwing an all day affair. You can even have a few varieties of wine on hand. Just make sure it complements the food you’re serving.

And while we’re on the topic of serving, no lady of the house would dream of using her best china at these at outdoor parties since they are sure to be broken. Depending on your guest list, we suggest either renting all the necessary glass, silver, and china from the caterer, or investing in durable (and still stylish) melamine plates and platters. For your libations, round up every Mason jar you can find and pick up some shatterproof stemless wine glasses.

And before you know it, all you’ll have left to do is practice your croquet swing and brush up on your bocce ball rules.