Picking the Perfect Pillow

Picking the Perfect Pillow, A Guide for Enhancing your Slumber

Understanding Sleeper Types and Their Needs

Finding the perfect pillow can transform a good night's sleep into a great one. With Sleep Week upon us, it's time to pay homage to the unsung hero of our nightly rest: the Pillow. Not all pillows are created equal, and much like our sleeping positions, they cater to diverse needs. Whether you're a back, stomach, side, or combination sleeper, understanding what to look for in a pillow is the first step toward unlocking the door to dreamland.

  • Back Sleepers: Need a pillow that supports the natural curve of the cervical spine. Look for a medium-firm pillow with a medium loft to ensure your head and neck are properly aligned without tilting too far backward or forward.
  • Stomach Sleepers: Require a soft, low-loft pillow to keep the neck aligned with the spine, preventing upward or downward strain. Thin, malleable pillows can also reduce pressure on the lower back.
  • Side Sleepers: Benefit from a firm, high-loft pillow to fill the gap between the ear and the outer shoulder. This support ensures the spine remains in a horizontal line, avoiding neck strain and discomfort.
  • Combination Sleepers (Toss and Turn): Need versatile pillows that can accommodate shifting positions. Adjustable-fill pillows or medium-firmness with moderate loft can provide comfort in various positions.

Adjustable Pillows: Customizable Comfort for Every Sleeper

In the quest for the perfect pillow, one size does not fit all, especially for those whose sleeping position changes throughout the night. Enter the genius of adjustable pillows – the ultimate in personalized sleep comfort. Adjustable pillows come with the ability to add or remove filling, allowing you to tailor the loft (height) and firmness to your specific needs. Whether you're a side sleeper needing extra elevation to keep your spine aligned, a back sleeper looking for just the right amount of support, or a stomach sleeper requiring a flatter surface to avoid neck strain, an adjustable pillow can accommodate your unique preferences.

Adjustable Pillows

The beauty of adjustable pillows lies in their versatility. For combination sleepers who toss and turn, the ability to modify pillow loft ensures that no matter the position, comfort is never compromised. Furthermore, these pillows can adapt to changes in your sleeping habits or preferences over time, making them a practical, long-term investment in your sleep health. By fine-tuning the amount of fill, you can achieve the perfect balance of support and softness, ensuring a restful night's sleep tailored precisely to your body's demands. Adjustable pillows often come filled with materials like shredded memory foam, microfiber blends, or even natural fills like buckwheat hulls, offering not just customization but also the benefits of breathability, support, and eco-friendliness.

The Role of Materials in Pillow Performance

The materials inside your pillow play a crucial role in its comfort, support, and longevity. From traditional fills to innovative eco-friendly options, here's how different materials stack up:

Merino Sheep

Wool: Offers natural temperature regulation, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Wool pillows tend to be medium-firm and provide excellent support and durability.  Our Natural Sleep Pillow selection features the finest wool from the finest pampered Merino and Shropshire sheep.  Most of our pillows have a GOTS Organic Certification on their cotton as well as Woolright certifications on the natural wool.

Organic and Natural Latex Harvested from Rubber Trees

Latex: Known for its support and contouring properties, natural latex pillows are responsive and maintain their shape well, offering relief for neck and back pain. They're also naturally antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites.  Most of the Latex pillows and mattresses in our selection feature a GOLS certification for Organic Latex.

Buckwheat Hulls

Natural Fills (Buckwheat and Millet Hulls): These provide adjustable support and excellent airflow, keeping the pillow cool throughout the night. Buckwheat hull pillows are particularly good for those needing firm support, while millet hulls offer a softer, more cushioned feel. The sobakawa (buckwheat hull) pillow holds a special place in Japanese culture and history, embodying the traditional Japanese values of simplicity, natural living, and attention to health and well-being. Long before sustainability became a global concern, the Japanese were using sobakawa pillows as an example of eco-friendly living. The use of buckwheat hulls reflects the Japanese philosophy of mottainai, a sense of regret concerning waste, highlighting the importance of utilizing all parts of a harvested crop.

Recycled Tencel Pillow Deconstruction

Recycled Tencel: Derived from sustainably sourced wood, Tencel pillows are soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies. Recycled Tencel is, of course, recycled.

Sleep Easy with Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Attributes

In today's world, the push for eco-friendly and sustainable products has never been stronger, and the bedding industry is no exception. Materials like wool, latex, and buckwheat hulls are not only renewable but also biodegradable, minimizing their environmental impact. Choosing pillows filled with these materials supports sustainable practices and contributes to a healthier planet. Furthermore, these natural materials offer the added benefits of being hypoallergenic and free from synthetic chemicals, ensuring a safe and healthy sleep environment.


This guide aims to illuminate the path to finding your perfect pillow, combining comfort with personal health and environmental consciousness. As we celebrate Sleep Week, let's give our pillows the attention they deserve, elevating our sleep quality and, by extension, our daily lives. 

Sienna Fernwood, Green Heart Leaf
Sienna Fernwood, Haiku Designs Guest Blogger
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