There exist enough articles and blog posts on the internet about finding the perfect mattress; with good reason. A comfortable mattress is imperative to a good night’s sleep. However, without a great pillow to rest your weary head on, deep and healthy sleep can be fleeting; making finding a great pillow just as important. A good pillow supports both your neck and head and is essential to avoiding those painful cricks in your neck and morning headaches. Whether you like them fluffy or firm, the right pillow can leave you feeling more rested when coupled with a great mattress. When looking for a new pillow keep these aspects in mind:

Pillow fill

These days a variety of pillow fill options exist throughout the bedding market. From natural goose down feathers, to polyester fiber and foam, pillow fill types deliver varying comfort and durability levels. Though some pillows, including those that are filled with natural feathers, can be pricey, they do tend to last longer and users report a higher level of comfort and sleep satisfaction. For those looking for more hypo-allergenic option, synthetic down and polyester fiber fill pillows are available. Those that require firm support, memory foam pillows are a great choice.

Thread counts

Though you may be familiar with thread-counts when it comes to bedding sheets or even towels, it may come as a surprise to learn that your pillow has a thread count too. A higher thread count adds to the durability of your pillow as well as its comfort. But, as with sheets, the higher the count, the higher the cost.

Fluff

A fluffy pillow is a more comfortable pillow. Flat, lifeless pillows cause the neck and head to rest at uncomfortable angles causing neck and shoulder pain and frequent headaches. Test fluffiness before buying a new pillow by folding it in half letting it unfold itself. If it doesn’t, or is slow to do so, you may want to make a different choice.

Your sleeping patterns

Sleeping on your back requires a different pillow type or firmness than for sleeping on your side. A fluffier pillow that elevates the head and chin slightly can help alleviate snoring and breathing issues. A side sleeper may experience better sleep with a mid-range pillow that keeps their neck and head properly aligned with their spine.