Have you known that we spend approximately one-third of out life sleeping? Therefore, the importance of a good pillow can not be underestimated. A good pillow makes sure that you wake up rested. But what makes a good pillow? This differs for each person and is dependent on several factors: your sleeping position, your body build, the firmness of your mattress and how much you perspire at night. For more about your sleeping buddies, visit www.bedtimefriends.com.
Content of the article:
- Sleeping Posture
- Body weight and firmness of the mattress
- The Filling
- Dust mites
- The transpiration
- The price
The right pillow allows maximum relaxation of the spine. This is achieved when the spine is fully supported, and all of the vertebrae comes to lie in a smooth line. The choice of a pillow, therefore, begins with your sleeping position. There are three types of most common sleeping positions: the side sleepers, the back sleepers and abdomen sleeper.
Side sleepers: The side sleepers generally require a fairly firm to firm pillow. The space between the neck and shoulder is in fact fairly large so that it is necessary that this space is filled up as well as possible. In this case, you also have to take into account the firmness of the mattress. Do you have a soft mattress? Then, you will sink further into the mattress and therefore need a softer pillow. On the other hand, if you have a firm mattress then you also need a firmer pillow.
Back sleepers: The back sleepers generally need an average firm cushion so that the head is not too high or low from the mattress. It is also important that the neck is well supported so that there is no pain in the spine.
Belly Sleepers: The stomach sleeper, according to physiotherapists, is the worst sleeping position. During sleep, the head is twisted, and the cervical spine is under stress. For the stomach sleeper, it is basically no need for pillows, but you can find it comfortable to sleep on a thin cushion, with a breathable filling like down or feather.
Body weight and firmness of the mattress
The choice of a good pillow is all about providing good support for the head. Therefore, the firmer the pillow should be dependent on your body weight. In addition, the extent to which your mattress molds to your body is also important. On a soft mattress, or a waterbed, your body sinks namely way more than when you sleep on a firm mattress. In the first case, you, therefore, need less thick pillows to support your head properly.
There are several materials which are very suitable as a stuffing for pillows. They should, in any case, fulfil two important conditions for optimum sleeping comfort: resilience and absorption. On the one hand, the resilience properly supports the head during sleep. On the other hand, the ability to be able to absorb perspiration and moisture in a relatively short time to give them back to the environment is also essential. In addition, moldability and washability are characteristics which may determine the choice of your pillow. An overview of the most widely used fillers:
Down: Down is very resilient and thereby has a high capability to drain perspiration. In normal maintenance (regular airing and fluffing), a down pillow will also be clammy, and there is no washing needed. Additionally, down is extremely light. A small percentage of down (in weight) thus gives a large share in volume. Pillows with higher rates down can only be found among very luxurious pillows.
Feathers: A pillow filled with feathers is firmer than a pillow stuffed with down. As well as down, feathers have an excellent resilience and a good ability to carry away perspiration.
Memory Foam: Memory foam has the function that the shape of your head’s print on them can be kept for a short time. The material creates for every sleeping position a unique pressure-relieving fit for the head and neck.
Latex: Latex is usually a mix of natural and synthetic rubber. Latex breathes and thus provides excellent heat and moisture management. In addition, latex is durable, flexible and resilient also in heavier load.
Kapok: The kapok pillow is easy to press and form. The fibre provides users with resilience and drain, by an impenetrable layer of wax, moisture quickly. Because of this protective layer, kapok is, in addition, naturally antibacterial.
Synthetic fibre: Synthetic fibre pillows are stuffed with balls or fleece of synthetic material with a greatly improved insulation and moisture management. These fibre balls are very soft and airy which maintains their resilience. In addition, the fibre balls are projecting to the head and the neck. Synthetic fibres pillows need the less maintenance out of all filling materials.
Bamboo: It is not very popular
Do you have a dust mite allergy? Then choose a pillow that inhibits or kills dust mites. Furthermore, regular fluffing and airing your pillow is very important to prevent dust mites. It does not matter for what filler you choose in this case. All fillers are in fact suitable as a breeding ground for dust mites. This also applies to down and feathers pillows. There are pillows, on the market, go with anti-mites ticking or covers especially designed for people with allergy.
Do you perspire a lot at night? If that is the case, go for a pillow with good moisture management. Remember always to opt for a pillow with cotton cover and a filler material that absorbs moisture well (we have mentioned above). We also advise you to cover the pillow with an extra flannel pillowcase or climate control scrapping that extra quickly dissipates moisture. This allows your pillow to last longer, fresh, and hygienic. Washing your pillow is also hardly needed.
Do not let the price be the determined criteria for your choice of pillows. The most expensive one is not 100% the best. And the same applies to the cheap one. Remember that there is no best pillow, just the suitable one. And the choice is varied by individuals.