I recently made a purchase that changed my life, so I’ve decided to take you on my journey of choosing a new pillow!
For a while now, my sleep has been poor due to waking up during the night and then in the morning feeling lots of bodily aches and pains. I had put these down to getting older and started to dread going to bed at night due to such discomfort. Should we invest in a new mattress? Is this how life is going to be from now on? After many months, I was at my wits’ end. Something needed to change! I was getting very tired!
Before going down the drastic (and expensive) path of purchasing a new mattress, I decided to do a bit of an experiment. I had a contour memory foam pillow (had it for many years) which I thought I loved because of the support it offers and how it aligns your spine as you lie on your side. I wondered whether my beloved memory foam pillow was perhaps getting a bit old and hard. For a week I swapped this pillow with a standard polyester pillow from the spare room. Even from the very first night, I slept better and woke without ANY aches or pains in my body. Maybe just a fluke?? Well, after the week was up, I didn’t have a single aching night. I felt so much better. So I decided I needed to go out and buy a decent new pillow.
Because I have had my contour memory foam pillow for so long, I thought it would be good for a change to go back to a standard shape pillow like my trial polyester pillow from the spare room. (There is nothing wrong with contour memory foam pillows. I will probably go back to having one again one day) Then I determined my list of requirements for my new pillow:
- not too high, but not too low either
- not hard, but softness that will last (I don’t want it going flat after two weeks)
- ideally I’d like to be able to wash in the summer time when it can dry well
- made in Australia if possible
After much research, I decided on this wool/polyester combination pillow. It is made in Australia from Aussie wool and the wool content should make it last longer than full polyester pillows. The label says you can spot clean it and dry it flat so I intend to wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle and dry flat on a very hot day in summer to ensure that it dries fully inside.
I have had my new pillow for over a month now and I am very happy with it. No aches or pains in bed anymore. Maybe old age isn’t here just yet after all!
I realise that choosing the right pillow is a very individual thing and what might be comfortable and just right for me, may not suit you at all. I’m not trying to sell you this pillow, I’m just telling you my story and how the right pillow can make a big difference to your sleep. Good night!
NOTE: This post is not sponsored. All opinions and suggestions are my own.