Sleeping has major effects on our mind and body’s healthiness. A good sleep boosts up our immune system and improves brain functions and physical resistance. A restful sleep can be influenced by our bed’s comfort given by the quality of the mattress and pillows. Relaxing the body in a comfortable sleeping position over the night time has great mood effects.
In this case, the comfort of a pillow is given by its material, size, position and the support that it provides for your neck and spine. An incorrect pillow can trigger allergic reactions and serious spine and neck pain.
The pillow and your sleeping position
Knowing yourself means knowing what is your preferred sleeping position. This fact is important when choosing a correct pillow.
If you tend to sleep on your back, you will find useful a thinner pillow, to keep your spine in a straight position as possible. If the pillow is too thick, your head will be pushed up and you will suffer from neck pains. A medium thick pillow, but firmer on the bottom would provide a good support for your neck.
A very thin pillow would be recommended in this case. In some cases, people who use to sleep on their stomach don’t use a pillow at all. But in order to avoid any kind of pains, you should probably choose a softer pillow that can keep your neck in the same straight line with your spine.
Sleeping on each of your sides means that your neck needs a better support. A firmer pillow would compensate the empty space between your ear and shoulder and provide the necessary support.
Through the night, you might find different comfortable positions for your body, meaning you are a mixed sleeper. A medium thick pillow would be recommended for you, that can fully provide a restful sleep during the night time no matter your body’s position
Choosing a pillow based on its filling
Each pillow provides certain support according to specific needs. For example, many people would rather choose a pillow due to its filling or external material or maybe one that helps reduce their snoring.
These pillows are made out of a sensitive sponge-like material, that can mold to your head and neck shape, creating a comfortable cradle for them during sleep. Used on long-term, this memory foam pillow can relieve your back pains, conforming to your body shape.
Down or feather pillows
Pillows that are filled with geese or ducks plumage are resilient and breathable due to their natural material. Although there isn’t any scientific proof showing that this type of pillows can raise the risk of allergies or asthma attacks, some people avoid buying them. There is a difference though, between the down pillow and feather pillow.
Down pillow is lighter and softer, made by using down clusters that are softer and last longer than feather pillows. Feather pillows are heavier, containing only 25% of down feathers and can be perfectly folded into your preferred sleeping position. In general, these pillows are good for back and stomach sleepers.
There are people who need their pillows provide specific features.
The cervical pillows
Provide extra firmness in the lower part and can provide full neck support. They tend to reduce headaches and neck tensions.
Are made of special fillings that can extract the heat from the back of your head and neck, giving a cool sensation. They are used by people who prefer a cooler temperature during the night time and also for those that suffer from hot flashes.
The oxygen pillows
Are used to promote air circulation and help your breathing be more clear and deep through the entire night. They provide reliable support and personalized fit and even help reducing neck pain.
Pillows which relieve allergies
These pillows contain anti-bacterial acrylic fibers and create a dust-free environment unsuitable for any allergens to survive.
If you are using incorrect pillows during sleep, your airways are getting restricted causing snoring that can harm your vocal cords and throat muscles. People who tend to sleep on their backside are chronic snores because they fall asleep with the mouth wide open and their tongue falls back, blocking the airway. The anti-snoring pillows are made out of hypoallergenic materials and are home washable. They are shaped in order to align your head and shoulders, keeping clear and open airways even in sideways position. The U shaped pillows, for example, are commonly used by pregnant women due to their full support.