I Test Pillows For a Living — These Are the 5 I Always Have on My Bed
As the writer of our Best List series, I test everything from mattresses and vacuums to sheets and, of course, bed pillows … and a lot of them. In the past year alone, I’ve slept on close to 20 pillows — down, down alternative, foam, cooling, hybrid, plush, firm — you name it. While I wouldn’t generally recommend this sort of non-routine when it comes to something as important and sensitive as sleep, I’ve somehow managed to get enough rest to be able to form some pretty detailed opinions about each. Unfortunately, a large portion of these pillows aren’t worth mentioning. But after all has been said and done, five of them have survived the bulk donations I do each month and remain on my bed, making my sleep station the haven that it is for me.
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I’m a chaotic sleeper. I’ve been known to take up as much space as a cat one night and a Bernese Mountain Dog the next. I’ll wake up sweating in a room of 67 degrees Fahrenheit and bone-dry in a room with no AC on a tropical island. Most of the time, however, I can be found snoozing on my stomach, arms tucked under my pillow, or on my side, with one hand under the pillow. And while my DMs are open to suggestions on how to be less of a mess when it comes to getting rest, let me tell you what does work for me.