Pour bien dormir, il faut choisir un oreiller qui vous correspond. S’endormir sur un bon oreiller favorise un sommeil réparateur et permet d’éviter les douleurs au réveil. Mais entre les oreillers naturels et synthétiques et les oreillers moelleux ou fermes, il n’est pas toujours facile de choisir celui qui convient au mieux. Alors, au travers de ce guide, découvrez les conseils pratiques pour bien choisir son oreiller.
Soft, medium, firm or ergonomic: your choice of pillow depends on how you sleep.
Soft pillows are suited to people who sleep on their bellies.
Medium pillows are suited to people who sleep on their sides.
Firm pillows are suited to people who sleep on their backs, and those who are heavier.
Ergonomic pillows offer optimal comfort whatever your position during the night.
• If you sleep on your belly, choose a comfortable down pillow which will support your body in that position while you sleep.
• If you sleep on your side, opt for a medium-comfort or ergonomic pillow for balance during your sleep, as well as optimal alignment on your spine.
• If you sleep on your back, choose a firm, medium or ergonomic pillow for optimal spine alignment of your head and spinal column.
Pillow stuffing is an important element to consider before making a purchase.
You have the choice of two kinds of stuffing: natural and synthetic.
- Natural stuffing. The most popular in this category are down and feathers, both of which offer natural flexibility, easily adapting your movement at night.
Pillows with natural stuffing are also known to be comfortable and durable over time. While down ensures resilience and softness, feathers increase firmness.
A mix of down and feathers is particularly pleasant since it meets most people's expectations. The more down in the pillow, the puffier and softer the pillow. In the same way, the amount of feathers in the stuffing determines firmness. A pillow with natural stuffing is comfortable and durable, cosy in winter and cool in summer.
- Synthetic stuffing. This type of stuffing is used for people with allergies. Made with mainly latex, these pillows are light and naturally anti-dust-mite, anti-fungal and very easy maintenance.
Latex is naturally elastic and offers wraparound support. Pillows are designed in memory foam which adapts perfectly to your morphology, helping to improve blood circulation.
It takes on the exact form of your neck for optimal comfort, which is why it's recommended for people with neck and back pain.
The quality of the casing is often overlooked, but it's an important factor in ensuring a good night's sleep.
It's also important in ensuring that the down or fibres don't fall out. Ideally natural pillows should be encased in tightly woven percale.
Opt for pure cotton so that your pillow can breathe and wick away moisture and perspiration.
Square pillows are available in 60x60cm and 65x65cm, while you can rectangular pillows measuring 40x60cm and 50x75cm.
Rectangular pillows allow a better position for your back by keeping the veterbrae well aligned, so if you suffer back pain or if you're an agitated sleeper, opt for a rectangular format.
Bolster pillows are an alternative to traditional pillows. Opt for a size that matches that of your mattress (the bolster pillows should be same width as your bed). Th advantage of the bolster pillow is that it supports your spine while you sleep. Opt for a firm bolster pillow instead of a soft one.
- A pillow should be changed every two years to preserve its qualities.
- Most pillows can be washed at 40°C (natural) or 60°C (synthetic).
- Air your bedroom regularly for better hygiene and to extend the life of your pillows.