|How important are pillows? The wrong pillow may worsen headaches, neck pain, shoulder and arm numbness, discomfort, sneezing, and wheezing. And if your pillow is past its prime, it may contain skin cells, mold,
mildew, fungus, and dust mites, which make up more than half of an older
pillow's weight. Yuck - sounds like it may be time for a new pillow. But which pillow?
If you sleep on your back you need thinner
pillows, so your head is not thrown too far forward.
Also look for a pillow with extra loft in the bottom third of the pillow
to cradle your neck. If you sleep on your side you need a firmer pillow to fill in the distance between the ear and outside shoulder.
If you're a stomach sleeper, look for a very thin, almost
flat pillow. You may not even need a pillow for your head, but consider
tucking one under your stomach to avoid lower back pain.
But what kind of pillow is right?
- Foam: the higher the
density, the less breakdown, and the more support you will have without
getting too soft.
- Memory foam: these are popular because they reduce
pressure points by continuously molding and adjusting to the shape of
your body as you move throughout the night. Memory foam pillows come in
various shapes, including a popular contoured S-shape, which is meant to
support the neck.
- Latex: this is the firmest type of pillow, and it resists
mold and dust mites. Latex pillows may also help with back
and neck alignment, as they're often contoured for neck support.
- Wool/cotton: Wool and cotton pillows are hypoallergenic
and resist mold and dust mites. Both also tend to be quite firm. So if
you love a squishy pillow, these fillers aren't for you.
- Down/feather: Many sleep experts recommend these as one
of the best pillows for a good night's rest. You can move the stuffing around so that you
have the most support where you need it. It's
soft, yet firm enough to give you the support you need.
Though we currently do not offer pillows through our website, we do recognize that many people like pillows and search for them, therefore below is a list of some of the better selling pillows through Amazon.
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Here's a quick look at some of the options:
Cervical pillows: Available in various materials and
shapes, these pillows add extra cushioning in the lower portion of the
pillow to support the neck. Doctors say that occasionally they can be of
some help, but a research review, conducted by the Canadian Institute
for the Relief of Pain and Disability in 2007, showed insufficient
evidence to recommend for or against the use of these pillows.
Water pillows: Favored by some physical therapists and
many chiropractors, these pillows use water to create your own
customized level of density and support.
Cool pillows: Touted as an antidote to hot flashes and
night sweats, these pillows include a filling of tiny "beads" that
absorb and whisk away head heat, leaving the part of the pillow that
touches your face cool.
Oxygen-promoting pillows: This pillow technology is based on studies of sock fabric that helped promote circulation in diabetes
patients. These pillows use the same technology to increase oxygen
content in tiny blood vessels by up to 29%.
Anti-snore pillows: There is limited research showing that any particular pillow design affects snoring. But individual patient reports, and a study published in 2005, show that relief is possible in some people.
Positional pillows: These pillows are designed for back,
stomach, or side sleepers. Experts say some can be very helpful. If you
choose one, look for support, comfort, and the right size for your body.