We spend one third of our lives asleep, which makes it pretty strange to think that many of us didn’t choose our own pillows. Instead, we inherited them from our parent’s houses, adopted them as our own when moving in with partners, or else picked up the first one we saw in a Sunday morning Ikea sweep.
On the flip side, back pain is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and according to the Office for National Statistics, 31 million work days were lost in the UK due to musculoskeletal problems including back pain in 2016. One potential cause? Your pillow.
Yes, your pillow can be the cure and the cause of everything from neck pain to snoring, and the right selection could even help to alleviate allergies and banish bed head.
A sleep expert says this one simple trick will cure your insomnia in an instant
Specialist Synthetic Active Anti Allergy Standard Pillow, £22, John Lewis & Partners
Perfect for: Allergy sufferers
This clever pillow is clinically proven to reduce allergy symptoms thanks to the Amicor fibre that gives anti-fungal and antibacterial protection, offering long-term protection for those with dust-mite related allergies (it’s even been approved by the British Allergy Foundation).