Pillows – And All That There Is To Know About Them
Have you ever noticed that it seems that you get much better sleep at a 4-5 star hotel than you get in your bed? Luxury hotels invest in luxury pillows to guarantee the best experience possible. From the filling material, past the pillowcase up until the color scheme - everything is well-researched. By doing a little research yourself, you can experience a similar magic at home, tailored to your needs. There are many pillows on the market, all coming in different sizes, with different materials, different shapes, and different purposes. How to navigate this sea of information? This guide is here to help you.
How to pick the right materials for a pillow?
Pillow covers. - Materials can be natural or synthetic, neither necessarily being better than the other.
Common natural materials used in pillowcases are cotton, linen wool, and silk although you can also find covers made of cashmere or mohair.
Synthetically made materials are commonly polyester, poly-cotton (a polyester and cotton mix). A mix between the two is reconstituted natural material. An example of this would be Rayon (viscose). It requires little to no chemicals to thrive since it is naturally resistant to insects or infecting pathogens. Bamboo rayon feels silky to the touch, while also being absorbent (much more than cotton), keeping you dry and comfortable.
Pillow filling. - It is worthwhile to consider memory foam as your choice of stuffing. It can adjust to your body while you sleep and returns to its original shape once you finish using it. When there is no weight resting on memory foam it slowly returns to its original shape, making it last longer. Even though standard memory foam is prone to retaining heat, there are ways to engineer it to become cooler. One such example would be gel-infused or bamboo charcoal foam.
How to pick a pillow
for good posture?
The ideal pillow for a back sleeper. - If you are a back sleeper, you are sleeping in the sleep position which is considered to be the healthiest! Sleeping like this lets your spine naturally fall into a neutral position. It is also the recommended position
should you suffer from neck pain or poor circulation.
While pillow shopping, you should aim for a supportive yet thin pillow so as not to pull your neck out of alignment!
The ideal pillow for a side sleeper. - This is by far the most popular sleeping position and one many consider the most comfortable. When sleeping on your side, your pillow should be higher than that of a back sleeper since your head is significantly higher than the mattress. Your spine needs to maintain a straight and natural horizontal line. Look for a thicker, and maybe a bit firmer pillow!
Are bamboo pillows good?
After now having extensively covered pillows... the question remains open: Are bamboo pillows really good for you? Though they have many advantages, they also have some disadvantages. Sadly, there is no “miracle pillow”. But let's summarize the advantages first.
Bamboo itself is naturally hypoallergenic with antibacterial properties, making it good for people who are prone to allergies.
It is breathable and absorbs moisture, letting you have a dry and cool sleep.
Shredded memory foam bamboo pillows are adjustable, ensuring good neck alignment, no matter what kind of sleeper you are.
Bamboo pillows are a great option for many people, but now, dear reader, it is up to you to decide whether a bamboo pillow is suitable for you.
If you want to learn even more about bamboo pillows, check out some of these pillows here as well.
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