No matter how much exercise you do, how healthy you eat, or how much you resist the temptation of chocolates, sweets or alcohol, a good nights sleep is one of the most important things of all.
One of the most important variables in a great nights sleep is the pillow you use. The pillow and the comfort level of the pillow is a pivotal part of a good nights rest. So, what should you make sure of when choosing a pillow for your hotel guests?
Pillows prop up the head and ensure that the neck and shoulders are aligned and supported. This alleviates any discomfort and pressure and helps to counterbalance this part of the body.
Good pillows will offer this sort of support, and there are a number of factors you should look for in a good pillow.
This is extremely important and getting the balance right between comfort and also whats best for your neck, shoulders and spine is often difficult. Chiropractors would say that one of the most common problems they see with pillows is related to thickness. Having too thick a pillow, or a couple of pillows, often bends the spine causing long term problems for the back. This will be determined by how tightly packed the filling is. If possible, ask for a sample to gauge if the pillow you want is thick/too thick. However, do try to have a range of thicknesses available to suit the comfort of guests at your hotel.
The firmness of the pillow is also something to consider. Different people sleep in different ways. Those who prefer to sleep on their backs should consider using a flatter pillow to avoid their neck becoming strained. Whilst those who sleep on their sides will be more suited to a dense pillow as this helps keep the head level with the spine and supports it. If you are broad or have big shoulders, two pillows may be required to achieve this. Again, offering a choice will allow your guests to have the best chance of a comfortable sleep.
Different fillings will help to determine the amount of support a pillow will provide. Pillows made of goose down and feather down offer a lower amount of tension, meaning they can be squished and moulded into your preferred shape. Duck feathers tend to be firmer, offering more support. It all depends on what your guest would prefer, so there is no right choice. However, do consider any possible allergies when opting for natural fillings such as feathers and down.
Some materials offer a higher level of breathability than others. Natural materials will allow air to flow around your head to a greater degree. This means you can be kept cool in summer, and warm in winter. Temperature control is something that is vital when you want to ensure a comfortable sleep.
The life of a pillow is approximately 2-3 years, after this time pillows often dont offer the optimum support needed. There are some warning signs you can spot. If your pillow is discoloured, you wake up with a sore neck or have a running nose, and then you may need a new pillow. Pillows also get quite dirty and are often traps for dust and sweat. Changing them regularly is hygienic and beneficial for mild dust allergy sufferers.
All the above factors should be considered when buying pillows for your hotel rooms, but most importantly its about offering your guests a wide choice to suit their sleeping position.