Curly-haired woman sleeping on her side with a cooling pillow

3 Things to Consider When Buying a Pillow

People sleep for a third of their lives. Using optimal pillows for appropriate support to maintain cervical curves contributes to overall quality of sleep

So, where do you start if you’re looking for a nice cooling pillow? Here are BluZen’s top three things to consider when shopping for pillows.

#1 Material

You can ensure a good night’s rest by analyzing your sleep environment. What are you bringing into bed with you? 

Take a look at the pros and cons of different pillow types below:

Type of Material

Pros and Cons

Polyester Pillow

Most common 

Most inexpensive

Loses shape quickly

Memory Foam Pillow

Contours to your body

Uniformly distributes weight 

Breathability concern

Down Pillow

Lightweight and soft

Retains body head

Can harbor things like dust mites

Latex Pillow

Durable and breathable 

Common allergen 

The material your pillow’s made with affects its composition, fill, and thickness. Consider these factors when you’re shopping for the right pillow. Memory foam pillows are the most comfortable cooling pillows with the most benefits.

#2 Focus on Problem Areas

Usually when people think about supportive sleep pillows, they think of regular, rectangular head pillows. But, if you do a body scan and identify the problem areas in your body, you’ll see what type of pillow you may truly need. 

Person wearing jeans and a blue shirt with their hand on the lower back indicating lower back pain

For example, maybe you’re experiencing hip pain. The hip is the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint and it fits together in a way that allows for fluid movement. However, with age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. A new head pillow is unlikely to do anything for the pain in your hips. 

Instead, a supportive knee pillow can align the spine in a more natural sleep position and reduce the pressure on your hips. This is why pregnancy pillows are popular with pregnant women. A proper pillow between your legs assists in keeping the hips aligned which then reduces overall pain while you sleep. 

Are you a side sleeper experiencing some back pain? A good leg pillow functions similarly to a knee pillow in that it promotes a neutral sleep posture. The support in your knees and thighs can work wonders for your lower back. 

Person laying down on their side with a BLUZEN knee pillow in between their legs

#3 Support When You're Awake

We’ve talked about the ways pillows can support your evening sleep health, but what about the other half of the time when you’re awake?

Packaging of BLUZEN's Orthopedic Seat Cushion listing benefits to improve pain

Pillows aren’t just for nighttime rest. You can use them in other ways too. A proper daytime lumbar pillow such as the Orthopedic Memory Foam Seat Cushion ensures that your body gets support during your wake hours just as much as your sleeping hours. A good lumbar pillow or neck pillow for home, work, and travel encourages better posture and helps you avoid back pain and spinal disorders and feel more comfortable.

Where to Start - BLUZEN Wellness

The position you sleep in and your body mechanics can all affect how your pillows feel to you. This is why it’s essential to look for the right pillows for you. At BluZen, we have your back, legs, knees, and everything in between covered—no matter how you sleep. The human body is amazingly connected, and the more you commit to supporting it day and night, the happier and healthier you’ll be. Consider this list before you start making decisions on what you’re bringing into your bed with you!
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