Which pillow is best for neck pain?

Goose down pillow | scooms bedding

If you wake up with neck pain or stiffness, and perhaps shoulder pain too, then it could be because your pillow is not properly supporting your head and neck. Your neck should remain in line with your head as you sleep.

 

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Pillow fillings have varied body contouring abilities and therefore provide different levels of support. The scooms goose down and feather pillow consists of a core of firmer goose feather sandwiched between chambers of naturally fluffy goose down to provide the ideal firmness, softness and support.

Many sleep experts recommend that you change your pillow every one to two years as all pillows deflate and become less supportive over time.  Different fillings do have different durability however, natural down and feather pillows last longer than polyester filled pillows for example.

 

Our tips:

  • Sleep on your side or your back for neck comfort not your stomach - sleeping on your stomach can be hard on your spine, because your back will be arched and your neck turned to the side.
  • Make sure your pillow is higher under your neck than your head to keep your spine straight when you sleep on your side.
  • Avoid too high or too firm pillows - your neck will be extended which could give you morning pain and stiffness.
  • You should only need to sleep with one pillow - if you find you need more support then you either have the wrong pillow or your pillow has deflated due to age and it’s time to buy a new one.
  • Feather and down pillows offer good neck contouring - they conform to the shape of your neck.
  • Memory-foam pillows can also contour to your head and neck. Their manufacturers claim they help foster proper spinal alignment. They aren’t washable however.
  • When you travel, use a horseshoe-shaped pillow to support your neck and stop your head drooping - inflatable ones can be handy.

 

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BEDDING SIZE GUIDE

DUVET SIZE & WEIGHT GUIDE

These are standard UK bedding sizes so if you know your mattress size you can easily work out which duvet size you need.

Duvet size Duvet weight UK mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (4ft 5" x 6ft 7") All seasons - 788g
9 tog - 486g 
4.5 tog - 302g
2.5 tog - 220g
90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm (6ft 7" x 6ft 7") All seasons - 1168g
9 tog - 720g
4.5 tog - 448g
2.5 tog - 320g
135 x 190cm
King 225 x 220cm (7ft 4" x 7ft 3") All seasons - 1478g
9 tog - 911g
4.5 tog - 567g 
2.5 tog - 400g 
150 x 200cm
Super king 260 x 220cm (8ft 6" x 7ft 3") All seasons - 1671g
9 tog - 1030g
4.5 tog - 641g
2.5 tog - 480g
180 x 200cm 

 

DUVET TOG RATING GUIDE

Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to be using a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season (4.5 + 9 tog) Winter / cold sleepers Very warm

 

PILLOW SIZE GUIDE

Our pillows come in two sizes and provide medium support.

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm

 

BED LINEN SIZE GUIDE

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons.

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 50cm x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 50cm x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm

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