It’s all very well having the perfect mattress and a beautiful bed, but if you don’t choose the correct pillows for yourself you might still find your night’s sleepless.

Perhaps ten or so years ago pillows were just pillows – generally flat bits of cushion that you needed 3 or 4 of to make any kind of comfort. Nowadays there are numerous types of pillow on the market from memory foam to duck feather and anti-snoring to anti-allergy. Basically pillows are a science these days.

So how do you pick the perfect pillow? Well first of all you need to evaluate what you’re looking for by following these few simple steps:

Die Zudecke Hungarian Goose Feather and Down PillowStep 1: How do you sleep?

What position you sleep in at night will vastly alter what kind of pillow you need. Of course, this means that your partner and you might even need different types of pillows in order for you both to get a good night’s sleep.

For those of you who sleep on your front a softer pillow will suit you best. Something like a down pillow or a synthetic low-fill pillow will suit your position. Side sleepers benefit from medium-high thickness pillows such as memory foam, Dunlopillo latex or a high-fill Die Zudecke Canadian goose down pillow. If you sleep on your back or sleep in a variety of positions then you should meet in the middle with a medium thickness of pillow. Our Snuggledown back sleeper pillow could be the answer.

Step 2: Do you suffer from allergies?

If you do suffer from allergies or something like asthma then picking the wrong pillow will leave you feeling choked-up and unable to get a good night’s sleep. Consider staying away from any pillows that contain feathers. Although most down or feather filled pillows have been processed to remove allergens you might be better avoiding them. Instead go for pillows that are filled using synthetic fibres or natural latex. Dunlopillo make a great range of pillows.

Step 3: Decide on your budget.

Pillows can vastly range in price from as little as a couple of £’s each to well over £100 a pillow. So before you go pillow shopping it’s advisable to think of a budget you want to spend. But, fear not, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good quality pillow – although you might want to avoid the £2 pillows.

If you want to keep your budget low (under £20) choose a good quality synthetic pillow from a trusted brand or a feather and down combination. For a higher budget (£20-£50) go for a slightly more luxurious synthetic pillow, memory foam or a down pillow. If you’re looking for utter luxury with a top-end budget (£50 and upwards) then go for the best quality you can find, you’ll definitely find a very luxurious down pillow with that kind of budget.

Step 4: Do you suffer from any sleep problems?

Lastly, before you embark on your pillow shopping, you should consider if you have any sleeping problems. A popular sleep issue – particularly for your partner’s ears – is snoring. But did you know you actually get anti-snoring pillows? Similarly you get pillows that help the symptoms of sleep apnoea.

For sufferers of back or neck pain you can purchase pillows that are specifically designed for spine alignment. After-all, why have just a memory foam mattress when you can have memory foam pillows too?

Pillow shopping might appear terribly complicated, but if you follow these simple steps you’ll find yourself on the path to perfect pillows and a glorious night’s sleep.