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The Ultimate Guide to Pillows: What's The Difference and Which Should You Buy

Finding the perfect pillow may be hard, but we doubt it is as hard as ancient pillows (literally). The original pillow was created for various reasons across different cultures, but they all had one main similarity. 


In 7000BC Mesopotamia, pillows were made with stone and carved into a cradle shape to help elevate the head so that insects would not crawl into a sleeper’s mouth, nose or ears. 


In ancient Egypt, pillows were made of marble, ivory, ceramic, wood or stone as the head was seen as a seat of spiritual life and hence should be preserved. 


The ancient Chinese civilisation also had a similar idea where they thought soft pillows were a luxury that would sap the body of energy and body, and were ineffective at keeping demons away.


Whereas the Japanese Geisha raised their neck off the ground at night to ensure that their hair remained perfectly coiffed for days on end. 


The bedding that you lay your head on is undoubtedly important in affecting the quality of your sleep. Our pillow buying guide will discuss the various types of pillows available and guide you through the process of purchasing the perfect one for you to help you achieve the best sleep ever.

Stack of pillows and a girl leaning on it

table of contents

Why You Should Sleep With Pillows   Go to Section

Why You Should Not Sleep Without Pillows   Go to Section

Pillows & Pains   Go to Section

Different Types Of Pillows   Go to Section

How To Choose The Right Pillow   Go to Section

Step 1: Sleeping Position

Step 2: Weight And Shoulder Width

Step 3: Type of Mattress

Step 4: Breathability

Step 5: Hypoallergenic

Step 6: Certification

Step 7: Additional Pillows

The Pillow Test   Go to Section

Discover Weavve's Pillows   Go to Section

1. Silk Pillow

2. Even Loft Pillow

3. Sofzsleep Latex Pillow

How To Care For Your Pillow   Go to Section

Frequently Asked Questions: Bed Sheets   Go to Section

Why Should You Sleep With Pillows 

Don’t sleep on the benefits of pillows. 

Alleviates Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain

The human spine is naturally curved and without having support for your head and neck for a prolonged period of time could cause serious damage to your body and overall health. Resting your head on a comfortable pillow helps to maintain the proper alignment of these areas of the spine and get you the proper rest you need. 


This is especially important for those suffering from chronic neck pain or spinal issues.  

Featuring Weavve's Lyocell Pillowcases in Midnight
Featuring Weavve's Lyocell Sheets in Midnight

Better Posture

Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is certain: the way we work and live has forever changed. Thanks to technology, people are able to stay connected with the outside world in the comfort and safety of their own homes. However, it is not always rainbows and butterflies when screen time increases. 

Girl on laptop and wearing headphones
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When we spend a prolonged period of time sitting at our desks, we put our body in an uncomfortable position, inflicting postural strain on our bodies. This strain can be worsened with an uncomfortable or inadequate sleep environment. Hence, providing support for your neck and upper back for good sleeping is important in relieving pressure at night and helping us achieve a ballerina posture in the day 

Improved Health

However, the benefits of sleeping on a pillow doesn’t just stop there. Sleeping elevated has shown to have many health benefits - from alleviating symptoms of common issues, and helping you get the great sleep that your body needs and deserves. Some examples include reduced snoring, improved blood circulation and migraine relief, among others.

Girl doing yoga indoors healthy
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Why You Should Not Sleep Without Pillows

A simple Google search about “the benefits of sleeping with pillows" would have shown you the benefits of sleeping without a pillow. However, Weavve believes that the benefits of sleeping with a pillow triumph over those without and here is why.

Neck Pain

Sleeping without a pillow may put pressure on your neck, not only ruining your quality of sleep but also lead to neck and back pains. 


Perhaps, ditching the pillow could help a stomach sleeper stay in a more natural position. However, this does not eliminate the need to turn your head which can in turn strain your neck joints and muscles, especially if you are sleeping on a hard mattress. 

Woman touching her neck Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

Whereas, skipping the pillow for other sleeping positions would most likely either cause or worsen neck pain. This is because sleeping on your back or side flat on the mattress overextends your neck, causing uneven pressure on your neck muscles.

Poor Posture

Actually, stomach sleepers may find that sleeping without a pillow under your head could better align your spine but since most of your weight is in the center of your body, it would not completely offset this unnatural position. However, a solution could be to place a pillow underneath your stomach and pelvis to decrease the pressure on your spine - under your head or not, a pillow is still beneficial!


However, it is definitely not ideal for back and side sleepers to be sleeping without a pillow as it will put your spine in an unnatural posture and it will stay that way all night long. This extended period of unnatural sleep position will not only negatively affect your posture during the day, but also your mood and energy level if the quality of your sleep was diminished.

6. Girl sleeping on her side featuring Weavve's Lyocell sheets in sand taupe and Weavve's Waffle knit blanket

Pillows & Pains

Albeit the array of benefits pillows can provide, sleeping with a mismatched pillow could ultimately do more harm than good. 


The human neck curves slightly forward and it is very important to maintain this curve when in a resting position. If the height of the pillow is too high when sleeping sideways or on the back, the neck will bend in an abnormal way which could cause muscle strains on the back of the neck and/or shoulders. This unusual position may also cause narrowing of the air pipe and hence hinder your sleep quality due to obstructed breathing, and sometimes snoring. 


Similarly, if the height of the pillow is too low, the neck muscles can also be strained.


That being said, having the wrong pillow is one of the more common postural mistakes and a poorly fitting pillow can affect the neck in the same way that being on an iPad or laptop for too long.  

For Those With Neck Pains

If a pillow applies excessive pressure to the neck in the back sleeping position, it can irritate the nerve sheaths, sensitive muscles, and facet joints in the neck. Similarly, if the joints are not resting easy, the inflammatory process may be sustained and any neck recovery will be much more difficult. Moreover, shoulder problems are also often caused by referred pain from the neck. Hence, it is of the utmost importance to choose a good pillow!

Close up photo of a woman having neck pains Photo by Kindel Media from Pexels
Photo by Kindel Media from Pexels

For Those With Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where the sleeper’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts. This potentially dangerous condition, if untreated, could lead to serious health problems ranging from day time fatigue to high blood pressure or diabetes. One of the treatments include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to increase the air pressure through a mask during sleep. However, the incorrect pillow can be interior with CPAP treatment as the pillow could knock the mask off.

Different Types of Pillows

The shape and contents of pillows have varied little over time. However, the quality of them has been refined over time to increase the comfort for sleepers, no matter their sleeping type.

Material & Filling

The star of a pillow is undoubtedly its filling. It determines a pillow’s loft, density and support - the 3 main qualities of a pillow that will affect the quality of your sleep. 

Pillow loft: Measurement of the pillow’s height

Pillow density: Firmness of a pillow and how deep a sleeper’s height will sink into it compared to its loft
Pillow support: Most important factor, proper support will keep the spine aligned and prevent aches, pains and pressure

However, we understand that with the wide array of pillows available, it might be difficult to choose the perfect one. Hence, we break down the difference so you will never have to lose sleep over buying a Ritz Carlton-quality pillow again.

A. Feather Pillow 

White grass field Photo by Evie Shaffer from Pexels
Photo by Evie Shaffer from Pexels

Down and feathers come from exactly the same place - a goose or a duck. However, feathers are taken from their backs and wings, which leaves them with quills. As compared to their softer counterparts, feathers are typically used as decorative pillows as a pure feather pillow may be too firm for sleeping and the sharp quills can poke through the protective covers. 

Pillow loft: Low

Pillow density: Low-Medium

Pillow support: Low

B. Down Pillow

Kidz drizzled with feather pillow stuffing Photo by cottonbro from Pexels
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Down comes from a goose or a duck. The down fibers lay beneath the protective feather covering the bird. They typically come from the soft underside of their belly to provide insulation and keep them warm. Since they come without quills, they are considered to be one of the best fillings for your pillows as they are light, airy and durable..


However, it is precisely because of its softness that Down Pillows will require constant fluffing to keep its desired shape since it flexes out of shape easily. Moreover, it may trigger allergies in people who are sensitive to down or feathers.


Another substitute for Down or Feather Pillows would be Down Alternative. Unlike the former, it is man-made from polyester microfibers. It provides the same (if not more) feel of luxury at a lower price and greater breathability. However, as it is synthetic, the quality of the pillow will vary based on the manufacturer. 

Pillow loft: Low

Pillow density: Low

Pillow support: Low

C. Memory Foam Pillow

Hand print on emory foam Photo credit- The Sleep Judge
Photo credit: The Sleep Judge

The main component of memory foam is a polymer known as polyurethane. It is a material that is commonly found in most sofas, mattresses and car seats. Different manufacturers have their respective recipes and processes to create the foam, but the general idea remains the same. Memory foam responds to their users depending on how much pressure is applied and will change their shape slowly to adapt to the user’s preference. Memory foam pillows are known for providing good support and excellent pressure relief. 


However, since this is a chemically manufactured product, off-gassing of chemicals may occur. This is when the chemical smells used to create this material can get trapped in the packaging, releasing a pungent odour of chemicals when unwrapping the pillow. This could be uncomfortable for those who are sensitive to smells. Additionally, memory foam is sensitive to temperatures (contradictory, the very property that allows it to contour) which may not be ideal for use in Singapore’s tropical climate as high temperature may reduce the material’s breathability.


Cooling gel may then be used especially in memory foam pillows to help regulate temperature, dissipate heat, and promote increased airflow on the surface of the pillow. It may be engineered differently to achieve this, such as laminated gel layers, gel pods or gel infusions in the pillow material. 

Pillow loft: High

Pillow density: High

Pillow support: High

D. Polyester Pillow

A person arranging the pillow of a sofa Photo by cottonbro from Pexels
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Polyester is a synthetic fabric that is commonly found in apparels such as raincoats, swimsuits and workout attires due to its wrinkle-free-like and budget-friendly element. 


Modern polyester was first invented in 1941 by two British chemists named John Whinfield and James Dickson, but only started gaining popularity in the 1970s due to its cost-friendly and durable characteristics.


Polyester fiber is created through a chemical reaction involving coal, petroleum by-products, alcohol and carboxylic acid, These components are then processed through a vacuum at extremely high temperatures to produce long polymer strands that are stretched while hot to create the extremely durable, wind- and water-resistant material that we all know and love. However, the qualities that make a polyester jacket desirable are what makes polyester sheets less breathable and moisture wicking, which could be considerably uncomfortable to sleep in. 

Pillow loft: Low-Medium

Pillow density: Low-Medium

Pillow support: Low- Medium

E. Latex Pillow

Featuring Weavve Sofzsleep Classic Latex Pillow

Oftentimes Latex pillows may be in comparison with Memory foam pillows. However, they differ significantly from each other in terms of manufacturing and experience. 


Natural Latex is extracted from Hevea Brasiliensis trees, more commonly known as rubber trees. The milky latex sap from the tree is tapped, processed and made into varying latex and rubber commodities. However, there have been an increasing number of synthetic forms of latex, made mostly from styrene-butadiene rubber. Although both versions of Latex may feel similar, the latter may not always have the same durability and quality as the former.


Unlike memory foam, Latex pillows will be able to have its bounce-back spring from the first day of use. They are also naturally hypoallergenic and anti-fungal, making them not only comfortable but also safe for users. Lastly, they are body temperature regulating - keeping you cool through Singapore’s warm nights. 

Girl sleeping on bed with white bedsheets and duvet

Latex pillows can be manufactured in two different ways. The first, and more common method, is the Dunlop method where Latex is poured into a mold after being whipped by a centrifuge. The second is the Talalay process where Latex is poured in layers. 


A study done by Physiotherapy Canada has shown that feather-pillow users were most likely to report both poor sleep quality and poor pillow comfort, while latex-pillow users consistently reported high pillow comfort and high sleep quality. 

Pillow loft: Medium

Pillow density: Medium-High

Pillow support: Medium-High

F. Silk Pillow

Featuring Weavve's Silk Pillow
Featuring Weavve’s Silk Pillow

Silk fabrics were first produced in Neolithic China and as weaving techniques improved, the demand for Chinese silk increased exponentially across the dynasties. It was even seen as a valuable commodity where bolts of silk were often used as a form of currency, hence silk bed sheets have always been seen as a luxury bedding material.


As silkworms transform into silkmoths, they spin themselves into cocoons. Ultra-soft and smooth fibers are then harvested from these cocoons in their raw state by boiling them in hot water and finally spinning them into fabrics. This time-consuming and intricate process is reflected in the steep cost of silk fabrics.


From reduced wrinkles to smooth hair, Silk pillows and silk pillowcases have also been popularised for being the key to having the ultimate beauty sleep. 

Pillow loft: Low-Medium

Pillow density: Low

Pillow support: Low

G. Microfiber Pillow

Featuring Weavve's Evenloft pillow
Featuring Weavve’s Even Loft Pillow

Some may mistake Microfiber and Polyester to be the same material. While both of them are synthetic and Microfiber is mostly made from polyester, Microfiber is approximately 2 times thinner than Polyester. They also have significant differences in breathability, softness and durability.


Microfiber pillows are a popular choice for the hospitality industry as it is breathable, easy to clean, lightweight and inexpensive. However, they are less durable because of finer fibers - it is recommended that you replace them every few years. That said, they are a great entry piece when shopping on for a pillow.

Pillow loft: Medium

Pillow density: Medium

Pillow support: Medium

how to choose the right pillow

With a myriad of pillow designs and materials currently available, you may well be confused about which pillow to choose and what waking symptoms should be expected from a night’s sleep on it. However, once you’ve found the one for you, it can greatly improve your quality of sleep. The right pillow will help to keep your spine in alignment while you sleep and leave you waking up pain-free, ready for the day.

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Featuring Weavve's Lyocell Sheets in Sky Blue

Never lose sleep over buying a pillow again as we’ve broken this process down into 6 simple steps.

Step 1: Sleeping Position

As we keep in mind that the most important function of a pillow is to keep your spine aligned, it is no wonder that your personal sleeping position is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a pillow. 


There are 4 main types of sleepers - Side Sleeper, Back Sleepers, Stomach Sleepers and Combination Sleepers. A study has shown that the most popular sleeping position is in the side position (54.1%), followed by the back (37.5%) and finally the front (7.3%). Your personal preference for sleeping positions will then have an impact on the type of support you need. 

type of sleeper

pillow loft

pillow density & Support

Side Sleeper

High loft to prop your head up enough to make sure it is in neutral alignment with your spine.

Firm, or extra firm pillow to provide you with sufficient support.


Alternatively, you may opt for a gusseted pillow, which includes an extra piece of material that helps expand or give a pillow structure. This helps to bridge the distance between your ear and shoulder, offering extra support specially for side sleepers.

Back Sleeper

Low to Medium Loft would be ideal for back sleepers.



Medium support will be sufficient. Ensure that your neck is neither too high or low when you lay your head on the pillow.

Stomach Sleeper

Low loft to keep your neck from hyper-extending.

Low support or compressible fill to ensure that your neck and spine are aligned. 

Combination Sleeper

Ideal to have both low and high loft pillows.

Medium support or compressible so that the pillow takes the shape of your ever-changing sleeping position.

Side Sleepers

Side sleeper hugging a pillow featuring Weavve's Cotton sheets in Sand shell
Featuring Weavve's Cotton Sheets in Sand Shell

Fun fact, did you know that children tend to sleep on their side, back and front equally but tend to show an increasing preference for this lateral sleeping position as they approach adulthood!


When sleeping on your side, your shoulder will bear most of the pressure when you sleep. Hence you should have a firmer pillow on the thicker side so that your head will be in line with your neck, keeping your spin in a neutral position. Consumer Reports suggested that a pillow height of approximately 4 inches is the most comfortable height for side sleepers. However, a general rule of thumb would be to find a pillow which is the distance between your ear and outside shoulder. 

Back Sleepers

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It may come as a surprise to many but this least popular sleeping position is actually a double edged sword. On one hand, this supine position can help to promote better spinal alignment and reduce pressure on injured limbs. On the other, it can worsen sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea, and even health conditions like heartburn or GERD.


For back sleepers, your pillow should support your neck and head, but not too much that your neck is propper up at an unnatural angle. A medium loft and support will be sufficient as it will support the natural curvature of the cervical spine to allow enough support for your shoulders, neck and head, and also ensure that your pillow won’t flatten over the course of the night.

Stomach Sleeper

Stomach sleeper featuring Weavve's Cotton sheets in tea rose
Featuring Weavve's Cotton Sheets in Tea Rose

Did you know that lying on your belly can help your lungs work better? As your lung tissue sits closer to your back than your front and laying on your stomach can help your lungs to work better with less stress. This phenomenon started gaining traction in the medical industry when a COVID-19 patient at Long Island Jewish was placed on his stomach and his oxygen saturation rate jumped from 85% to 98%.


However, for those of us lucky enough to stay safe from the virus, this prone position may not be ideal. When sleeping in the front position, spinal problems may arise and the respiratory movements of your rib cage require more energy as it is working against gravity. It is also known to increase infants’ vulnerability to sudden infant death syndrome.


At the end of the day, it boils down to personal preferences and if you feel the most comfortable sleeping on your stomach, you do you! But in order to avoid facing potential health issues, experts recommend using a low loft and support pillow in order to keep your body in a neutral alignment. A pro tip would be to pull your pillow closer towards your chest to reduce neck bend and back pains.

Combination Sleepers

Combination sleeper featuring Weavve's Lyocell sheets in Midnight
Featuring Weavve's Lyocell Sheets in Midnight

If you fall in none of the aforementioned categories of sleepers, you may just be a combination sleeper.


For those who enjoy all sleep positions, you may want to opt for multiple pillows to switch from, or a pillow that has both firmer and softer sections. The latter could be a pillow that is lower in the center (for back and stomach sleeping) and higher on the sides (for side sleeping).

Step 2: Weight & Shoulder Width

It is important to note that your preferred sleeping position is not a one-solution-fits-all. The loft of your pillow also depends on the width of your shoulder, weight and the firmness of your mattress - all in efforts to ensure that your spine is aligned with your neck as well as possible. 

The wider your shoulder, the higher your pillow should be.


The heavier you weigh, the lower the pillow should be.

Step 3: Type of Mattress

The next step to choosing your pillow is understanding what type of mattress you have. After all, it is much easier to adjust your pillow needs to your mattress than vice versa. 


If you have a firmer mattress, you may want a fuller and loftier pillow. If you have a softer mattress, you should consider a lower pillow as your body will sink further into the bed as the night progresses.

The firmer your mattress, the higher your pillow should be.

Step 4: Breathability

When we fall asleep, our bodies create a warm and humid sleep environment for ourselves. We actually perspire approximately 1 full cup every night - and even more if our bedding is not temperature regulated. However, the optimal temperature for sleep is around 18.3°C

Girl sleep cooling featuring Weavve's Lyocell Duvet
Featuring Weavve’s Lyocell Duvet 

Being breathable gives the pillow a cooling property. Hence, a breathable pillow is important for allowing the air around our head to circulate better, wick away excess moisture to keep you feeling comfortable and rested through the night. 

Step 5: Hypoallergenic

Allergens such as dirt, oils, dust mites and mold can be lurking in your pillows unbeknownst to yourself. They can cause your nose to be runny, irritate your skin and even cause infections. Hence it is important for you to choose your pillows wisely, especially when you are going to lay your head on them for (hopefully) 8 hours a night. The best pillows to opt for are those that are dust mite resistant or hypoallergenic as these properties will help reduce and minimise the chances of triggering an allergic reaction.

Featuring Sofzsleep Design Latex Pillow

However, it is not a foolproof solution to keeping your pillow clean and safe. Be sure to wash your pillowcases every 2 weeks and your pillow itself every 6 months to keep all pests and dirt at bay.

Step 6: Certification

Unfortunately, some pillows contain toxic chemicals that aren’t necessarily important for their comfort or durability. These harmful toxins can not only cause allergic reactions and disrupt hormones, but also cause cancer. Hence, we recommend checking for recognised certification to ensure that your pillows are safe for use.


Certification provides a greater degree of reassurance for not only the quality of textile but also for environmental and ethical standards such as safe and non-toxic manufacturing processes, fair working conditions and overall social and environmental impact overall. There are approximately 100 international standards and eco-labels for textiles, which can make it hard to decify which are actually helpful when buying pillows in Singapore. Hence, we will break down the key logos you should look out for.

Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 

Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a test done by Oeko-Tex® where every component of the product, from thread to the finished product, is tested for regulated and non-regulated substances which may be harmful to human health. When a product is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified, it means that the product is free of harmful levels of over 100 individual substances from 17 groups of chemicals. 


The already extensive Oeko-Tex® criteria log is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements. So rest assured that any product you purchase with this certification will be safe for you and your loved ones. Read here to find out how safe your sheets are.

Sedex

Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organizations, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains. They enable responsible sourcing through collaboration and information gathering and sharing - making the supply chain as transparent as possible. 


They also aim to drive social change to help organizations align with the United Nations Guiding Principles, meet the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code and conventions of the International Labour Organisation. Click here to find out more about how Weavve’s products are responsibly made.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

In order to be certified, GOTS requires at least 95% of the material in a product to be certified organic. This standard also prohibits the outright use of certain substances, including in the 5% of potentially non-organic certified materials, such as chemical flame retardants and harmful azo dyes. 


GOTS certification covers the entire textile process from manufacturing to trading, including fair labour practices such as safe working conditions, fair wages, and no child labour. 

Step 7: Additional Pillows

Additional pillows are a great option for many groups of people, from stomach sleepers to pregnant moms, it may be good to explore your options to achieve the best sleep environment for yourself. 

Body Pillow

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A body pillow is a long, narrow bolster/pillow that is multi purposeful as it tends to curve to the shape of your body, providing appropriate support whenever needed. If you are a side sleeper, the body pillow can be hugged to ease the pressure off your shoulders. If you are a pregnant mom, back sleeping can be quite uncomfortable at times due to the higher concentration of weight in the midsection. Hence a body pillow may help to make sleeping on your side easier and more comfortable.

Body Wedge Pillow

Bed wedge pillows are special triangle-shaped pillows that raise the top half of your body while you sleep. Not only can it help you rest easier, but also ease some health issues such as acid reflux, sinus problems and sleep apnea.

Half Moon Pillow

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the pillow test

Before you start running off to buy a new pillow, assess your pillow height requirement by using a towel and increasing its thickness, one layer at a time. Once you reach your optimum height, take down the inches from the surface of your mattress to the top of the towel. 


This technique will mainly work well for side and back sleepers.

discover weavve's pillows

If you are looking to buy pillows online in Singapore, and are on the search for the best hotel pillows, Weavve has a variety for you to choose from. 

Silk Pillow

Featuring Weavve's Silk Pillow Set of 2 + Pillowcase Pair

The secret to a good night’s beauty sleep starts with owning one of these. 


Rest your head on our luxurious silk pillow filled with natural long stranded silk floss that ensures fluffiness and volume. Natural hypoallergenic and thermal regulating, Weavve’s Silk Pillow is suitable for all weather and temperature.

Even Loft Pillow

Featuring Weavve's Even Loft Pillow Set of 2 + Pillowcase Pair

Weavve’s Even Loft Pillow will keep both your head and neck supported without bottoming out against the mattress. 2.5 inch gusset and unique quilted pockets design maintains a consistent loft which allows for maximum comfort in any position. 

 

Featuring a wide range of benefits - Hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and easy to care for. Our even loft pillow does not flatten after use and is best used with a second pillow for that added support.


Pair your Silk or Even Loft Pillow with our Lyocell or Cotton Pillowcase Pair to elevate your overall comfort.

Sofzsleep Latex Pillow

Sofzsleep® latex components and fabric are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified. This is the strictest certification and ensures that they comply with health standards and are safe even for babies. 

Sofzsleep Latex Pillow packaging

The natural elasticity of latex makes this material an extremely ideal one for use in making pillows. It is highly resilient and maintains its shape and consistency for many, many years. Latex has an open cell structure made up of millions of tiny interconnecting microscopic cells. Our movement ventilates the pillow and gets rid of moisture providing an optimal sleep environment. This ensures a safe, cool and healthy sleep environment.

Sofzsleep Design Latex Pillow

Featuring Sofzsleep Design Latex Pillow

Ergonomic support for neck pain relief.


Sofzsleep’s Design Pillow features numerous upstanding knobs which help to relax tense neck and shoulder muscles. The pillow features a dual-sided design where the dimpled-side is softer and the other is slightly firmer, catering to different sleeping preferences and neck support levels. The natural bamboo cover is ergonomically designed to keep your head cool throughout the night.

  • Customised support for different sleeping positions.
  • Delivers consistent relief and comfort to neck and shoulders.
  • Highly breathable material keeps sweaty pillows at bay.

Sofzsleep Arc Latex Pillow

Featuring Sofzsleep Arc Latex Pillow

Optimal orthopaedic support for any sleeping position.


Sofzsleep Arc Pillow is a unique latex headrest that offers optimal orthopedic support, ideal for side sleepers. The unique N-shape design of this pillow helps to promote a less-restricted sleeping posture, improving blood circulation during sleep. This latex pillow also lessens the effect of rotary cuff (shoulder) aches and injury by helping the body maintain an optimal sleeping position.

  • Prevents awkward shoulder sleeping positions.
  • Boosts head, neck, and shoulder injury recovery.
  • Cleverly designed for side sleepers.

Sofzsleep Classic Latex Pillow

Featuring Sofzsleep Classic Latex Pillow

Perfect balance of softness and firmness.


The Sofzsleep Classic Pillow is the ideal choice for you if you tend to sleep on your stomach or for young children. Made with pure natural latex, the Classic Pillow offers balanced firmness and constant airflow, ensuring that you stay cool throughout your sleep. With the perfect combination of pure natural latex and bamboo yarn, users are promised a comfortable sleep.

  • Each latex layer is well-protected with an inner cotton cover.
  • Made with natural anti-bacterial, antifungal and odour resistant fibre.
  • Ideal for back and stomach sleepers

Sofzsleep Contour Latex Pillow

Accommodates your sleeping position and pattern.


The Sofzsleep Contour Pillow is ergonomically designed with dual lobes to support the head and neck, maintaining a straight and natural posture. The unique wave-design of this pillow allows you to achieve an optimal sleeping position, reducing stress on the neck, shoulders, and spine. The pillow excels at airflow as it is made from pure natural latex and bamboo yarn.

  • Unique design suits the natural form of the body.
  • Distributes pressure on the head and relieves pain on the spine.
  • Natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odour resistant fibre.

If you need further assistance on how to choose a pillow, feel free to reach out to us and we will guide you with our pillow recommendations. 

DIFFERENT PILLOWS FOR DIFFERENT SLEEPERS

What's The Best Pillow For Me? 


OUR EXTRA FIRM PILLOWS

For Side Sleepers

Extra support. Retains shape.

Pressure relieving.

even loft pillow

Sofzsleep arc latex pillow

Sofzsleep Design latex pillow

Sofzsleep Classic latex pillow

  • Tip: Avoid pillows with soft fillings like feather, down and gel.

OUR VERSATILE PILLOW

For Combination Sleepers

All-round support.

Rotate freely in your sleep.

even loft pillow

  • Tip: Avoid feather quill pillows which aren’t very comfortable when you’re rotating in your sleep.

OUR LOW LOFT PILLOWS

For Back Sleepers

Medium to medium-low support.

Supports all your curves. 

Sofzsleep Contour latex pillow

Sofzsleep Design latex pillow

Sofzsleep Classic latex pillow

  • Tip: Avoid stiff pillows or ones that are too high. 

OUR MEDIUM-SUPPORT PILLOWS

For Stomach Sleepers

Soft & comfy. Low loft.

Also known as "Cloud of Bliss".

SILK pillow

Sofzsleep Classic Latex pillow

  • Tip: Avoid stiff pillows or ones that are too high.

how to care for your pillow

Are your pillows machine washable and dryer safe? When it comes to caring for your pillow, it is important to note which material you’re caring for.

Silk Pillows

  • Keep away from touch of pets/sharp objects.
  • Spot-clean silk as needed using a gentle detergent.
  • Hand wash and line dry out of direct sunlight.
  • Avoid soaking it in water over-time.
  • Do not use any kind of bleaching agent as bleach damages the silk fibre.

Even Loft Pillows

  • Spot-clean as needed using a gentle detergent.
  • Hand wash with cold water and line or flat dry.
  • Avoid soaking it in water over-time.
  • Do not use any kind of bleaching agent as bleach damages the cotton fibre.

Sofzsleep Latex Pillows

  • Sometimes the pillow has a noticeable smell when you open the packaging. The smell isn’t harmful or toxic and disappears over time.
  • Airing and vacuuming the pillow helps to eliminate the smell faster. Keep latex pillow away from direct sunlight.
  • Care instructions for Bamboo cover: Do not tumble dry. Do not soak. Do not bleach. Do not iron Dry Clean. Machine wash below 30℃ on a delicate setting; shrinkage may occur

Read our handy care guide for more information on how to care for not only your pillows, but also the rest of your beddings.

This ultimate guide should provide you with useful insights to how you can invest in the best pillow for yourself to ensure you achieve healthy sleep hygiene. However, it is important to note that your pillows are not the end-all-be-all to having great sleep. 


A study has shown that external factors such as the presence of a medical condition, past history of injury to the spine and nocturnal bruxism may all contribute to low sleep quality. Other solutions to promote better sleep would include regular exercise, a healthy diet and reduced UV exposure at night. To find out more ways you can induce a great night’s sleep, click here.


Hence, if you are ever unsure about purchasing a suitable pillow for yourself, please consult your general practitioner or occupational therapist for further recommendations.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Pillows

How often should I change my pillows?

The Sleep Doctor recommends that bed pillows should be replaced every 18 months. However, this is dependent on the material and quality of said pillows. 


Latex pillows typically have greater longevity. Natural pillows also tend to last longer than synthetic ones. And of course, high quality pillows will almost always last longer than inexpensive ones. 


A tip would be to always check with the manufacturer or brand about the lifespan of your pillow before purchasing.


Which sleeping position is the best for me?

The best sleeping position is one that promotes the best sleep quality and in turn allows you to have positive waking symptoms (refreshed, energised, recovered). This varies from person-to-person, from their personal physical preferences, to their medical history such as:

  • Age
  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • GERD and heartburn
  • Pregnancy

Sleeping Positions for The Elderly

Typically, the elderly would prefer sleeping on their backs as sleeping on their sides or stomach causes too much pressure on their neck and shoulders. Sleeping on their back also allows for easier breathing through the night.

Sleep Positions to Relieve Back and Shoulder Pains

Research has shown that it is possible to relieve back and shoulder pain by sleeping on your back. This supine position will allow you to distribute your weight across your entire spine. To further help maintain the natural curvature of your spine, place a pillow under your knees. However, for neck pains, you may opt for either a side or back sleeping position.

Sleeping Positions to Improve Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder and people who suffer from it have a higher chance of experiencing less restful sleep than those who don’t. Snoring also has a strong correlation with daytime sleepiness which suggests less restful sleep. Both conditions can negatively impact one’s daytime functioning which can be very dangerous, especially for those who have labour intensive jobs. 

The recommended body position during slumber for those who snore and/or suffer from sleep apnea would be the side position. This is because their airways are more stable and less likely to collapse or restrict air. However, it is common for people to start off lying on their side when they go to sleep, and eventually roll onto their backs when they fall asleep. And this is where the right pillow will come in handy. A pillow that can hold your head in the right position can minimise the chances of you rolling over, such as a Latex pillow.

Sleep Positions to Alleviate GERD and Heartburn Symptoms

For those who suffer from GERD or similar gastrointestinal symptoms may experience lack of quality sleep. This could in turn negatively impact their quality of life. Multiple studies have found that being on your left side is the best sleeping position for people with GERD. Sleeping on your left reduces reflux episodes and exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid. 

Sleeping Positions during Pregnancy

Many doctors have suggested sleeping on the left side for pregnant mothers. This is because the liver is on the right side of the abdomen and lying on their left will help to keep their uterus off that large organ. Sleeping on the left has also shown signs of improved circulation to the heart which allows for the best blood flow to the fetus, uterus and kidneys. 

If unsure, please consult with your gynaecologist for their professional advice, tailored specifically for you.

Should I use a Bolster if I already have Pillows?

A bolster is basically a longer, cylindrical-shaped pillow that is highly versatile and valuable in many ways. If you are wondering if you should purchase a bolster in spite of having a pillow (or multiple pillows) on your bed, the answer is yes!


Bolsters may seem like a glorified pillow, but it can actually be very beneficial in achieving great sleep. Here is a brief summary on the benefits of using a bolster.

  • Reduces snoring

Sleeping on your side with a bolster prevents the base of your tongue and soft palate from blocking your airway, allowing you (and your partner) to have a good night’s sleep without snoring.

  • Supports the body and promote good posture

Hugging a bolster while resting on your sides can straighten your back while sleeping, encouraging good posture.

  • Enhance blood circulation

A bolster does not necessarily needs to be hugged, it can also be placed below your knees to relieve pressure from your lower back as well as aid a smoother blood circulation back to your heart.

  • Comforting effect

Research has found that snuggling while you sleep can release oxytocin, the magic calming hormone, which can help you fall asleep easier. This is an effect that a bolster can create as it cradles your head.

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