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How to Pick the Perfect Pillow for You

We get it, finding the right pillow can be very difficult. Will the soft be flat as a pancake; will the firm be rock hard? The perfect pillow is a very personal choice. From the number of pillows used, to the style of pillow, everyone has a different preference. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, not all pillows are created equal. In fact, your pillow can make all the difference between a peaceful sleep and a night spent tossing and turning. The goal is to find the right pillow that will keep your posture properly aligned. Your pillow should hold its shape when you fidget throughout your sleep because there’s nothing worse than waking up and having to re-fluff in the middle of the night.

This guide will help you decide which Skylark+Owl Pillow will help you sleep like a dream.

Know Your Pillow Fill

Pillows can be stuffed with anything. Our Essential Pillow is created with a 100% polyester, non-clumping, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic fill. Whereas, our Refined Pillow is constructed with polyester microfibers, duplicating the feel and structure of down. In regards to soft or firm fill, the only difference is the amount of stuffing. A firm will always have more stuffing than a soft, producing a loftier pillow.

We recommend:

When in doubt, go firm. If you find your firm pillow is too hard for your liking, you can always wash the pillow to achieve your desired softness. Whereas, with a soft fill pillow you cannot make it any firmer.

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Identify Your Sleep Style

A pillow’s number one function is to align your head and neck with your spine while you sleep. Give your neck a rest by making sure it receives proper alignment. It is important to note that the way you sleep dictates what kind of support you need from a pillow, so, let’s start there.

Stomach Sleeper:

Go low! A soft & low pillow will allow you to lie flat without pinching your neck. This position generally requires the least amount of support.

We recommend:

Essential Soft Pillow - This is the softest pillow we carry making it ideal for stomach sleepers

Refined Soft Pillow - This pillow has more loft that the Essential, so it is perfect for those who roll from their stomach to their back

Back Sleeper:

You want to keep your spine in a level position. Using too firm of a pillow can push the head too far forward, which could result in a stiff neck.

We recommend:

Essential Firm Pillow - While this is a 'firm' pillow, its relatively low loft makes it more neutral.

Refined Firm or Soft Pillow - This is where personal preference plays a role. If you like a taller pillow choose firm, while if you prefer a more 'squishy' pillow choose soft.

Side Sleeper:

It is important to align your spine, neck and shoulders by using a firm, lofty pillow.

We recommend:

Refined Firm or Soft Pillow - The Refined Pillow strikes the perfect balance between being comfortable, yet firm enough to hold its shape.The firm is the firmest and loftiest pillow we carry. Choosing between the firm or soft just depends on how much loft you prefer when sleeping. 


Choosing the best pillow is always a sure way to improve your quality of sleep and ensure you awake feeling rested and refreshed. Be sure to follow our recommendations to find the perfect pillow you’ve been dreaming of.

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