We recently received this information from our friends at SFERRA, and it was so useful that we thought we would pass it along!
Having a comfortable sleeping pillow is essential to getting a good night’s sleep. It is really all a matter of personal preference, but there are some general guidelines.
The way you sleep is one of the factors to consider in selecting the firmness of a pillow that works best for you. The key is to ensure that your neck and spine are properly aligned and supported. Firmness is determined by a combination of fill power and fill weight. The fill power refers to the size of down clusters – the higher the fill power, the larger the down clusters. The fill weight refers to the amount of down that is comprised within the pillow – the heavier the weight, the higher the amount down. For pillows with similar fill power, ounces of down are added to increase the firmness.
- 14 ounces = Soft
- 17 ounces = Medium
- 20 ounces = Firm
If you sleep on your stomach, you don't want a pillow that will put pressure on your neck. You most likely would want a soft pillow. Some might even prefer to sleep with no pillow at all.
If you sleep on your back, you don't want a pillow that will tilt your head too far forward and create a strain on your neck. A medium pillow would be the best choice.
If you sleep on your side, you want to be sure to support your head and keep your spine aligned. You probably need a firm pillow.
If you really don't fall into any of these categories and change positions during th enight, a medium pillow might be the best bet. Or, you might want to try multiple pillows of different weights.
Also, if you like to scrunch or fold your pillows to get settled in bed, err on the side of a softer pillow.
Arabesque offers a complete line of down and down-alternative sleeping pillows by SFERRA as well as by Cuddledown of Maine. They are available to order in various tickings, fill types, fill powers and fill weights to customize the perfect sleep experience...all made in the USA!