Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep in the North of England
Indeed, the North continues to be one of the UK’s most popular travel destinations outside of London. And there is an ever-growing selection of fine boutique hotels to enjoy – each with their own unique offerings. One thing that the new generation of hotels in the North tend to get right – from Leeds to Liverpool to Manchester – is the sleep experience.
Today’s hotels are more interested than ever in finding ways to give their guests a truly luxurious night’s sleep. This is part and parcel with the trend toward creating memorable guest experiences as part of the hospitality paradigm. As a result, hotels in the North are placing more emphasis than ever on everything from the crispness of their bed linens to the type of variety of pillows they have on offer.
Stalbridge Linen services works closely with many hotels in the North, delivering beautiful, freshly laundered sheets, crisp pillowcases and luxurious towels for their guests to enjoy. Along those lines, we’ve decided to dedicate a post to the cornerstone of a comfortable night’s sleep – the pillow.
Different Sleep Positions Require Different Pillows
Everyone has their favourite sleep position, and this affects which pillow is best-suited to the situation. This is one of the reasons that it’s important for hospitality providers to have a variety of pillows on hand. Doing so ensures that everyone who spends a night in one of their rooms will be able to rest comfortably.
We’ll go over the three main sleep positions below:
• Pillows for Sleeping on Your Side
Most people sleep on their sides, so it’s relatively easy to find pillows that are well-suited to this position. Side sleepers require plenty of neck support, which means that an extra firm pillow going to do the best job. This will help to maintain the proper alignment and neck curvature, ensuring a blissful night’s sleep with no neck pain in the morning. Research has found that the most comfortable pillow height for a good night’s side-sleep is 10 cm. It’s also worth noting that side sleepers are well-served by memory foam, which will hold its thickness and height for longer.
• Pillows for Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on one’s back isn’t nearly as common – especially for prolonged periods. It’s associated with snoring and sleep apnoea, as gravity pulls the tongue into the back of the mouth. With that in mind, a wedge pillow may be best-suited for back-sleepers, as it elevates the head and helps to prevent these problems. Regardless, the best pillows for sleeping on one’s back are medium-firm models of moderate height, as these will provide optimal neck support throughout the night.
• Pillows for Sleeping on Your Stomach
Relatively few sleepers spend much time on their stomachs, but this is still a viable sleep position that a few people prefer. Even those who don’t sleep through the night might find themselves lying on their stomachs for a brief period. A soft and thin pillow is the best candidate for stomach sleep, as it holds the head close to the mattress and helps to maintain neck alignment.
Of course, the truth is that most of us are combination sleepers. A person might fall asleep on their stomach and then switch over to their side after a short while. Likewise, some people tend to toss and turn throughout the night, changing positions frequently. It’s more difficult to prescribe a particular pillow type to such a varied routine, though some pillows are more versatile than others. Buckwheat pillows are particularly comfortable for combination sleepers.
Types of Pillow Stuffing
Just as there are different shapes and contours of pillows, there are also a variety of materials that be used to stuff a pillow. Let’s review the most common types of pillow stuffing:
• Down Pillows: Rated according to their ‘fillpower’, down pillows are incredibly soft – to the extent that some find them too prone to flatness. However, a down pillow with a high fillpower will be denser and maintain its shape longer.
• Feather Pillows: Firmer than down pillows, feather pillows are still relatively soft in the grand scheme of things. They also don’t trap as much heat as down pillows and may be more comfortable during warmer months.
• Memory Foam Pillows: The wonderful thing about memory foam is its ability to mould into the shape of your head, only to spring back to its normal shape when not in use. They can be contoured or traditionally shaped.
• Buckwheat Pillows: We singled out buckwheat hull pillows above, as they’re suitable for combination sleepers. This is because they retain their loft even if they’re shifted around considerably during the night.
The above are just a few pillow types that you’ll find in hotels across the North of England. But it’s certainly not a comprehensive list. Polyester, latex and down hypoallergenic down alternatives are also popular.
The Rise of the Pillow Menu
As tourists continue flocking to the North for holidays and weekend escapes, you can expect to see a greater number of hotels and bed and breakfasts offering their guests a variety of pillow types. This is keeping with the increase in breadth and variety of pillows that people are keeping at home.
So it only makes sense that hotels follow suit and present their guests with a pillow menu from which to select their preferred headrests for a good night’s sleep. Combined with crisp linens and pillowcases, these pillows are helping to create a more comfortable sleep experience for visitors than ever before. Along those lines, perhaps we can expect to see a few more hotels form the North headlining Travellers’ Choice awards of the near future.