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Five Day Sleep Challenge ~ Day Three

The Pillow

“Invest in your bed and good shoes because if you’re not in one you’re in the other.”

We spend a third of our life buried in pillows so it makes sense to invest in the right pillow for you. Here Tielle linen expert Robert Lancaster-Gaye shares his advice on buying a pillow so comfy you’ll purr like a kitten all night long.

  1. The first thing to remember when choosing your pillows is that it’s entirely personal preference, no two people sleep the same or want the same from a pillow. It’s also worth remembering that we spend a lot of time with our face buried in our pillows so invest in the best quality you can afford.
  2. The quality of the pillows isn’t only defined by the percentage of down in them, it’s the quality of the filling and not all down and feather is created equal in terms of cleanliness and plumpness. Ask yourself, does it sound too good to be true?
  3. Investing in high quality ingredients means that your pillow will plump up and retain its shape and support for far longer. A quick way to test your pillows is to place it over your arm and if it sags in the middle it could be time for a change.
  4. The firmness or softness of a pillow isn’t only determined by the percentage of down but the quality and quantity. We always recommend that you buy one, sleep on it and then buy the rest for the bed once you’re happy. It’s worth remembering that a new pillow will always be plumper than a 5 year old one.
  5. Even if you think you can’t have natural fill pillows for allergen reasons, high quality feathers and down, which are super clean and encased in a high density case with double stitched seams means nothing can escape. It’s also been clinically proven that synthetic pillows hold more bedbugs than natural fill ones and that there are significantly more people who have reactions to bedbugs compared to those who react to feathers.
  6. Lightweight pure down is generally too soft for most people and a blend of feathers and down gives better structure and support whilst being soft on the face.

Read our pillow buying guide here