x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Choosing the right pillow

Replace pillows every two years once they’ve lost their height and have become misshapen and discoloured, says Robert Lancaster-Gaye, the founder and director of Best Bed Linen

A good pillow should be supportive and hold the head in the correct position; in alignment with the shoulders and spine – the same position as if standing. The pillow should be tucked into the neck and shoulders to ensure the head is fully supported. If you sleep on your side, a thicker pillow or two thinner ones are recommended.

A wide range of pillows are available: goose down, duck down, feather, microfibre … and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all personal tastes. Pillows are subjective, so choose one that suits your sleep requirements. Purchase a pillowcase of 100 per cent cotton percale for optimum well-being and a restful sleep.

Replace pillows every two years once they’ve lost their height and have become misshapen and discoloured. Research shows that an old, unwashed pillow can contain up to 10 per cent of its own weight in dead skin cells and dust mites.

However, the life of a pillow can be extended by using pillow ­protectors, which make a difference to the longevity of the pillow and are a cost-effective way of protecting it.

* Robert Lancaster-Gaye, the founder and director of Best Bed Linen