Good comfortable pillows are the cornerstone to good night's rest
and vivid, vibrant dreams. As children, we value the pillow with every fall of
that milk tooth and look forward to the visit of the tooth fairy to put money
or something equally valuable under it!!! An ideal pillow should be thick enough so as to hold your head in the
same angle to the shoulders and spine as when you are standing.
all are aware of the importance of a good night's rest as lack of sleep
could potentially create health issues; so it is important to invest in a good pillow. A
is nothing but a support for the head as well as other parts of the body, which
is cushioned or stuffed with range of materials such as down feathers to
synthetic foam. Everyone has
their special preferences with respect to size, firmness or softness, foam or
feathers and even the thickness.
An expert has suggested that it
does not take too long for sweet dreams to be converted into nightmares if you
don't change your pillows often, i.e., as early as once in about every six
months, as pillows are prone to harbor dirt, oil, dead skin
and dust mites over a period of time. All this could
potentially cause or worsen acne and even trigger allergic reactions.
A renowned allergist &
immunologist at Kansas City Allergy and Asthma Associates, Dr. Mark Neustrom
believes that dust
set up their home on the pillows and could exacerbate asthma
and trigger allergic
He felt that if allergic
reactions to dust are much stronger in the morning and at night, then the
pillow is a very likely cause. Also, a majority of the people who suffer from
allergies may be allergic to dust mites that live in their carpets and
The director of the Sleep to Live
Institute in Mebane, North Carolina, Dr. Robert Oexman, told The Huffington Post that
people sleeping on old pillows might be pressing and exposing their faces
against dirt, oil and dead skin cells, which can cause acne
Thus Dr. Oexman
recommends frequent washing of your bedding and putting it in a tumble drier as
an extra precaution. He also advises choosing the correct pillow, one that
fills the gap between your head and shoulders when you lie down.
Types of pillows:
Pillows on the market today are stuffed mainly
with materials such as polyester (a synthetic), feathers, down, or a
combination of the latter two.
Polyester pillows are the most
durable, easily washed and one of the least expensive pillows to manufacture,
and more importantly they are known to cause few allergic reactions. Polyester
fiber fills are virtually odorless and do not have a tendency to absorb
moisture. Moreover, these pillows maintain their shape even after numerous wash
Pillows filled with goose down
are the most expensive pillows, whereas feathers are a moderately priced
stuffing. Pillows may be filled with a combination of goose feathers and down
to increase resilience; the ratio of which may be varied extensively according
to price point (the more down, the more expensive). Down pillows are known to
'breathe' so they release perspiration produced during sleep. Additionally,
they absorb and wick moisture away from the body. They are also known to retain
heat, which helps to keep you warm and dry
Pillows are now also made with
blends of hypo-allergenic fibers to cater to people with allergies or extremely
Some pillow manufacturers are
reverting to the age old Chinese method of including herbs in the filling of
pillows to relieve aliments and give a better quality of sleep.
Orthopedic pillows are popular in
relieving neck, back, and lumbar
. They are typically filled with or surrounded by foam (some of
them contain gel or water that can be heated or cooled) that is either
preformed or forms around the head, to fully support the neck.
Choosing the right
Whether you purchase a down, foam or a gel type of pillow; it is
entirely up to what you actually prefer! It is important to find a pillow which
is consistent with the shape and size of your body. Generally those who sleep on their side or back should opt for a higher pillow
with firmer support, whereas stomach sleepers should choose a low, slimmer
you constantly find yourself sleeping with one hand propped under your pillow, it
may not be a good sign and it only
shows that you're not getting the support you need from that pillow.
Tips to remember:
your bed linens regularly with hot water, preferably on a weekly basis to cut
down on allergens and germs.
your rooms especially your bedroom cool, dry and clean to help keep dust mites at bay.
Although synthetic pillows are known to last longer, it is a known fact that
all pillows can be washed and dried on a regular basis.
Always allow down pillows to dry thoroughly otherwise you could face a risk of
developing moulds on them.
the filling of the mattress gets clumped up or you're constantly fluffing your
pillow, it's probably time to get a replacement.
There is no universal fit when it comes to pillows. So
the next time you gleefully say "No more bags under my eyes!", you know you
have to invest in a good comfortable pillow and yes, to have that lasting
effect, don't forget to wash it regularly or replace it every six months or as
often as deemed necessary.