Memory foam pillows in, regular pillows out.
More sleepers are catching on in the memory foam pillow craze – and all for good reasons. After making the switch, a great deal of people has reported an improvement in sleep quality. While it is true that many other factors can influence what pillow would work for different types of sleepers, there’s a teeny-tiny chance you’ll go wrong with memory foam.
Why does it give better sleep?
1. Great Contouring and Support
Memory foam is known for its ability to both conform to the shape of your head and support it. This prevents your head from sinking in too deeply like it would in a regular pillow. It’s made to distribute weight evenly, avoiding unnecessary strain on the neck and spine.
2. Pressure Point Relief
Since it can contour and support, it makes a great pillow for people with pressure points in the neck, shoulders, and back area. Its conforming nature cradles your neck to save it from taking awkward and uncomfortable turns. But if you find that it causes you neck pain, it might have to do with your sleeping position. (Continue Reading: How to Sleep with Neck Pain)
3. Spine Alignment
Holding and supporting the neck in place means the spine can follow suit. It lets your body relax properly – giving it the opportunity to heal and regenerate whilst you sleep. Now that sounds like a good and productive snooze!
4. May Help with Snoring
For the same reasons as above, a good sleeping posture can keep the airways open through the night. When the head and neck are aligned with the spine, the air passages also stay aligned and remain open to allow for proper functioning of the respiratory tract.
Memory foam pillows are made of naturally hypoallergenic material that hinders the growth of bacteria leading to moulds and dust mites. In comparison to feather, wool, and cotton pillows, it will not release any ‘micro-fluff’ into the air that could be potentially inhaled. For severe allergy sufferers, this might the dream pillow made just for them.
6. Easy Maintenance
Unlike regular pillows, you can easily care for your memory foam pillow. Just remove the machine-washable cover – if applicable – and spot-clean the pillow for any stains. Voila! A pillow as good as new.
A good memory foam pillow will have a higher density than a regular pillow – making it a more durable one. Pillows made of cheap materials can possibly only last for a minimum of six months, while you can have a memory foam pillow for up to three years.
Isn’t it just ideal – a hypoallergenic, easy-maintaining, and durable pillow all in one? That’s already less washing for you, pillow-wise anyway.
One last thing: consider a plush memory foam pillow. Not as firm as a rock, yet still supportive. Take note that not all memory foam pillows are supportive – it also depends on the pillow’s shape and quality of memory foam used.
For example, an ergonomic memory foam pillow will have a shoulder rest cut out for you. This gives space for the pillow to support your head and neck without putting pressure on the shoulders.
All factors in, make sure you maintain a healthy sleeping position as much as possible. Sleep on your back or side to avoid any strains on your neck. If you suffer from any terrible snooze experiences or even ailments, moving forward with a memory foam pillow could be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Fortunately, you don’t even have to look far.