Four health considerations when buying new pillows
Don’t dismiss the choice of a pillow as something too trivial to merit your attention. The type of pillow you use determines the quality of your sleep, which in turn influences your productivity at work or school. In addition, your pillow can prevent you from certain health problems or lead you to others. It is therefore important to take the time to understand exactly what type of pillow you should buy.
Here are four main health factors you should consider when buying pillows:
Naturally, you need a dark, cool room to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. If you want darkness, it’s as easy as turning off all the lights and having thick, blackout shades on your windows. To freshen up your bedroom, you can consider using air conditioners, installing fans, using a damp blanket, and freezing your sheets.
However, these efforts are not complete without sleeping on a pillow designed to let in a lot of air. A pillow that traps heat will make you hot, sweaty, and very uncomfortable for most of the night.
The breathability of pillows is mainly determined by the type of filling material and the filling density. Less dense padding promotes breathability. The most breathable materials are polyester, shredded foam and buckwheat hulls.
Buckwheat hulls, also called Sobakawa pillow, are particularly effective in promoting a cooling effect due to the large air spaces between the individual hulls.
- Head, neck and shoulder support
Medical experts rightly claim that when your neck bends in any way for a few hours, you are likely to experience neck pain. For this reason, you would want a pillow that keeps your neck in as straight a position as possible.
To get such a pillow, you must first know your general sleeping position; different positions require different types of pillows. Here are the most common sleeping positions and the recommended type of pillow:
- Back sleepers: Go for a low density pillow because your head and neck need minimal support.
- Side rails: In this position, your shoulder rests on the mattress, which lifts your neck and head. Therefore, consider purchasing a medium density pillow that provides enough support for your head and neck. This way your neck doesn’t stretch too far to the side.
- Belly sleepers: Choose a soft, low-density pillow since your face is resting on the pillow.
You might be wondering which type of pillow to choose if you are one of those people who change your sleeping position from time to time. If so, you need a pillow that allows you to adjust the density of the filling material based on your current sleeping position.
Basically these come with a zipper which allows you to remove some of the filling material to make the pillow less dense or add more filling material to make the pillow more dense. here is a video illustration of this kind of pillows.
You need to pay attention to the filling material of your pillow and the material used for the pillowcase. Remember that allergies involve infection of your nasal passages with allergens. Since your nose is usually in direct or close contact with the pillow, you can easily pick up allergens in the pillow.
As such, you may want to avoid down filled pillows. In addition to this, make sure the pillowcase is dustproof or hypoallergenic to reduce the chance of dust accumulating in the filling material.
- Other special health conditions
When you get pregnant, for example, your normal pillow will not be enough for the night. For some reason, the ever-increasing size and weight of your stomach can make sleep very uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are specialty pregnancy pillows on the market that are designed to provide adequate support for your body.
Sleep specialists not only stock pregnancy pillows, but also a wide range of other specialty pillows to address issues such as:
- Back ache
- Knee pain
- Neck pain
- Sinus complications
- Acid reflux
- The need to sit up straight on your bed like when you read
Pillows are an essential part of mastering the art of sleep. Good sleep, like many other things in life, does not come automatically. In fact, in the United States alone, 35% of adults are sleep deprived. And it costs the country $ 411 billion a year.
So you need to make a conscious effort to ensure you get quality sleep every night. Get the most comfortable pillow and start enjoying your sleep the way it should.
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