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National Bed Month 2014: 10 best pillows

It’s National Bed Month, so what more excuse do you need to invest in some new, supportive and oh-so-comfortable bedding?

“An old, unwashed pillow could contain as much as 10 per cent of weight in skin scale, mould, dead and living dust mites and their allergen laden droppings,” says Lisa Artis from The Sleep Council. If that’s not enough to persuade you to replace your pillows, she also points out that if you suffer with neck and shoulder pain, you could easily find your pillow's the culprit.

The problem is knowing where to start. Pillows come in a vast array of different shapes and sizes, as well as a choice of fillings, ranging from Gingerlily’s 100% Silk Filled Pillow to Bedeck’s Memory Foam number.

A good pillow, according to The Sleep Council, should hold your head in the correct alignment. “That is, in the same relation to your shoulders and spine as if you were standing upright with the correct posture - and be tucked well into the neck and shoulder to support your head fully.”

The thickness and number you need depends on your body shape and your preferred sleeping position, adds Artis. “You will need a thicker pillow (or two thinner ones) if you sleep on your side rather than if you sleep on your back.”

She advises investing in quality pillows and replacing them at least every two or three years. “When they have lost their 'loft' (height) and become lumpy, discoloured or misshapen they should be replaced.”

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Verdict: For the perfect night’s sleep, The White Company’s Siberian Goose Down Pillow is as good as it gets in the world of pillows. Prefer something a bit firmer? The Tempur Cloud Pillow will do you proud.  

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1. The Best Bed Linen In The World Savoy Pillow, £45

2. The Good Sleep Expert Slim Pillow, £14.99

3. The Tempur Cloud Pillow, £89.99

4. John Lewis Quilted V Neck Pillow, £25

5. Linea Goose Down Pillow, £75

6. Hästens Travel Pillow, £90

7. Gingerlily 100% Silk Filled Pillow, £110

8. Bedeck Memory Foam Pillow, £19.20

9. The White Company Siberian Goose Down Pillow, £170

10. The Fine Bedding Company Latex Pillow, £55