We all feel better after a good night's sleep and choosing the right kind of duvets and pillows goes a long way to help you do that. Would you feel more comfortable with a natural or synthetic filling? Is there a particular kind of duvet that you can use all year round? What type of pillow is best for the way you sleep? Rest assured that we'll give you the answers.
Types of filling
Nowadays, pillows and duvets come with a range of different fillings. See which one you'd feel most comfortable with.
Duck or goose feather and down gives you a naturally soft, light and comfortable duvet or pillow - in the same way that natural fibres help your skin 'breathe' more easily. The down contains natural air pockets for warmth and comfort. Duvets and pillows with a natural filling are also more resilient and tend to last longer than those with synthetic fillings.
High-quality polyester is a good practical option - particularly if you're allergic to feathers and down. Not only does it give the same warmth for less weight, but it enables you to wash your duvets or pillows regularly in your washing machine. Because they need to be dried thoroughly, natural-filled duvets have to be professionally laundered as this may difficult to do at home.
Types of pillow
A good pillow is one of the keys to getting a comfortable night's sleep. But not all pillows are the same. In fact, you should match its firmness to the position you normally sleep in.
If you tend to sleep on your front
You'll need a nice soft pillow (like a fluffy down or poly-cluster version) if you sleep on your stomach. That way, your head and neck won't turn in awkward or unnatural positions - which could end up being painful when you wake up in the morning.
If you tend to sleep on your back
Your best bet is a pillow that gives you a medium level of support under your head, neck and shoulders. Memory foam pillows are particularly good for back-sleepers.
If you tend to sleep on your side
You need a firm pillow that cradles your neck and helps keep your body in a straight horizontal line. Some memory foam, naturally-filled or poly cluster pillows offer the best support for side-sleepers.
Types of duvet
The weight, softness and warmth of a duvet depend on its tog rating and filling. Tog ratings are based on a duvet's ability to trap warm air. So just remember, the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet.
Winter weight duvets (12.0 - 13.5 tog)
Duvets like these are just right for those chilly winter nights. Perfect if you love feeling really warm and toasty in bed or if you've got quite a cold bedroom.
Spring and Autumn weight, or all year round (7.0 - 10.5 tog)
Ideal for spring and autumn use, all year round if your home is centrally-heated or your bedroom is always pretty warm.
Lightweight Summer duvets (3.0 - 4.5 tog)
These duvets are your best bet during the warmer summer months or if you're in a country with a hotter climate.