How Many Pillows and Blankets Should I Be Sleeping with?


Pillows are essential to proper sleep hygiene, and blankets are a great way to keep yourself warm during the night. However, there are some questions about how many pillows and blankets you should sleep with for optimal comfort and restorative sleep and make your bed a hotel.

And fortunately for you, we have the answers and delve into detail about why the number and types of pillows and blankets you choose can make a difference in your sleep quality. From how many is too many to what a weighted blanket is good for, here’s what you need to know to get the best sleep of your life.

What is the purpose of pillows?

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Pillows are a necessary item on the beds of countless people, yet we often overlook the more important purpose they serve. Pillows can be many things, from purely decorative to very functional and comfortable. Comfortable pillows help ensure a good night’s rest by elevating the head and keeping it in line with the body for improved circulation throughout the night.

Picking out a pillow with the right shape, size and firmness for your preferences will most likely result in better sleep than sleeping with no pillow. Additionally, pillows provide extra cushioning when sleeping on your side or stomach, which prevents stiff necks and backaches.

Some common types of pillows include:

  • Feather and Down Pillows – Down and feather pillows are filled with a combination of duck and/or goose feathers, down (the soft undercoating of feathers) and sometimes feathers and down blended with synthetic fibers. They provide a soft, fluffy feel that is great for side sleepers who need head elevation for neck support.
  • Memory Foam Pillows – This material was created by NASA to cushion astronauts on takeoff and landing and has since become extremely popular for pillows and mattresses. Memory foam is a polyurethane foam with viscoelastic properties, allowing it to mold around your neck and head as you sleep. Memory foam pillows are great for those suffering from neck pain because they provide excellent neck support, regardless of sleeping position.
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  • Latex Pillows – Made from natural rubber tree sap or synthetic latex materials such as polyurethane, latex pillows provide more firmness than other pillow types. They also offer excellent support and comfort due to their springy nature as they contour around your head and shoulders as you move in your sleep.
  • Fiber and Down Alternative Pillow – These are made from synthetic materials such as polyester fiberfill or microfibers, which mimic the feel of down without the allergens associated with it and still provide a soft yet supportive surface area on which to rest your head each night. These pillows don’t flatten over time like traditional down or feather-filled ones, making them ideal for people who prefer firmer surfaces while still having some cushioning around their neck when lying on their side at night.

What is the purpose of blankets, comforters and duvets?

Blankets, comforters and duvets are three different types of bed covers that all have a similar purpose — to keep us warm while we sleep. Blankets typically have a traditional look and feel, made with soft fabrics such as wool or cotton. They are usually lightweight and perfect for cooler evenings. Comforters are also lightweight but provide warmer coverage over the entire mattress than blankets.

Lastly, duvets often come with a removable cover and many layers of insulation inside them to give extra warmth during cold winter nights. Much like pillows, beyond their practical benefits, these various bed coverings can add a decorative touch to the bedroom and provide a sleeper with a sense of security and comfort.

Some variations on these three classics include:

  • Down and Down Alternative Comforters – Down comforters are filled with soft, fluffy down from ducks or geese and offer a lightweight yet cozy feel. Alternatives to down comforters provide the same warmth but use synthetic materials such as polyester fiberfill or microfiber.
  • Weighted Blankets – These are made from materials such as cotton or fleece and filled with plastic pellets or glass beads. They provide even pressure on the body, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. Weighted blankets are heavier than traditional blanket options and come in various weights, so it’s best to research before buying one to ensure you get the desired effect.
  • Electric Blankets – Electric blankets are perfect for use in colder climates as they provide extra warmth and modern versions have safety features so you don’t overheat. They come with an adjustable heat setting to get the perfect amount of warmth without any risk.

So, how many of each do you really need?

The right bedding can make a world of difference to your sleep quality and comfort. But how many pillows and blankets should you be sleeping with? Let’s look at the best way to get optimal neck and spine alignment and optimal temperature when it comes to pillows and blankets.

  • Pillows – The number of pillows you need depends on the type of pillow you use. Generally, one or two pillows should suffice for optimal neck alignment. For example, if you are using a memory foam or latex pillow, one should be enough since these types of pillows provide more support than other types. On the other hand, if you use feather or down pillows, two may work better to provide extra support for your head and neck.
  • Blankets – The type of blanket also matters when it comes to finding the optimal temperature for sleep. Heavier blankets made from wool, fleece or thick down-filled duvets are suitable for cooler temperatures since they will keep in more warmth. With these, generally, only one with a top sheet is needed. However, you’ll probably want to double or triple up with thinner materials such as cotton or bamboo. Layering like this is a good option so that if you get too hot during the night, you can easily remove some to maintain a comfortable temperature. If you keep your room warmer than the recommended 65 degrees Fahrenheit, you may even be able to get away with just a cotton top sheet on the bed.
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Final Thoughts

When it comes to getting a good night’s rest, choosing the right bedding is essential. The number of pillows and blankets that are right for you depends on several factors, including what type of pillow/blanket material is used as well as ambient room temperature. Experimenting with different combinations of bedding until you find what works best can help ensure better sleep quality and comfort while still providing optimal neck alignment and temperature control throughout the night. So slip on that sleep mask and get ready to get some restful Zzzs. Your body will thank you!

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