Posted by Robin Jose
Did you know how big an effect your pillow has on how you sleep? Depending on how it’s filled and what you need, it could make the difference between waking up tired and cranky, or refreshed and full of beans. Here’s the lowdown on what goes into pillows and how to choose.
Comfort, support and aeration are three big factors to consider when choosing your pillow. Remember that your pillow will play an essential role in supporting you in different sleeping positions. Your pillow must adapt to your needs, feel right and let the air circulate. Let the pillow fight begin and may the best pillow for you win!
Soft, warm and luxurious, these pillows are princely (and princessly). Some offer a mix of down and feather filling – a trade-off between a more affordable price and a little less softness and warmth. Watch out if you suffer from allergies however as down sometimes irritates.
Put your head on a memory foam pillow. The pillow then uses your natural body warmth to mould itself to the shape of your head. It gives you all round support, and does the same great job if you place it against other areas of your body.
Straw, soy fibre and buck wheat fillings also mould to your shape for uniform support. If you’re sensitive to noise, you may notice a slight rustling as you change position. On the other hand, they have good, natural air circulation. These two aspects differentiate them from memory foam pillows.
Latex can be the natural, firm support you want that immediately recovers its initial shape when you’re not using it. Like memory foam filling, latex can be pre-shaped for specific sleep positions or treatments. The Springwel Latex Counter pillow for instance has small cones for acupressure massaging.
Light, airy and easy to manipulate even when you’re half-asleep, microfiber pillows are also easy to clean. They are also hypo-allergenic, making them a safe option for asthma sufferers, for example. And for pillow fights? Although not as weighty as others, microfiber-filled pillows offer speed and agility!
More than Just a Filling
You can also get the benefit of natural medicinal compounds in aloe vera pillow fillings, for example. While you sleep, the aloe vera acts to enhance the atmosphere with its natural anti-microbial, germicidal, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, among others. So sleep tight with the pillow filling of your choice – at least one of the above is surely right for you.