The Evolution of Pillows
Since the human spine is naturally curved, the pillow’s most important reason for being is providing ample support for your neck and upper back to maintain proper alignment.
Taking this into account, we don’t know what the Mesopotamians had in mind when they first made pillows out of wood and stone. Granted it was 7,000 BC then so not a lot of leeways to work with there. People in ancient Europe introduced the concept of usable pillows when they decided to stuff them with straw and reeds. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that the mass production of comfortable pillows took full form.
As we roll into 2020, consumers today are spoilt for choice when it comes to pillow shopping. Forget wood, stone, straw, and reeds. Your options today range from down (feathers), latex, foam or microbeads, to name just a few.
Unfortunately, no single pillow works for everyone and while a quality fabric pillowcase is an important component, it’s what’s inside that is the determining factor for a good night’s rest.
Four Pillow Options To Consider
Organic Down (Feathers)
Technically, speaking, down is the undercoating of a bird’s feather meaning its most fluffy part so it’s surprising to learn that it holds up its loft (a pillow’s height as it lays flat on the bed) up to 3 times longer than its synthetic counterparts. Because they hold their shape well, down pillows provide good support for your head and neck. They tend to be quite durable as well but require consistent fluffing on their part. A real down pillow comprised solely of down so if any feather quills poke you while you sleep, you will know that it is made from low-quality.
Natural latex pillows are made from the sap of a rubber tree and because they involve sustainable harvesting there is no worry of harmful chemicals being released and breathed during sleep. Latex pillows are both denser and impression-resistant so not only do they create the right level of support for your head, neck and shoulders but they can continue to hold their shape for many years without losing their shape. Just beware that there are also synthetic latex pillows out there as well which although may be cheaper, will definitely not be as durable as the organic fiber. Plus, they can also give off an unpleasant smell.
Designed by NASA, memory foam was initially used for the safety of aircraft cushions, then adopted by hospitals for use in wheelchairs and beds before making its way to the consumer market. And this is where it’s found a true following. Available in different orthopedic and anatomic shapes, specialized memory foam pillows are able to offer proper spinal alignment and aid in reducing tossing, turning and discomfort. There are cheaper synthetic foam pillows on the market as well but be sure to opt for the ones made from natural materials because they will be hypoallergenic and prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, dust mites and fungus. Natural Foam pillows will also last you for years to come because they are very resilient and will return to their shape time and again.
Made of soft, polystyrene beads, these pillows come in a vast assortment of shapes, colors and sizes and are frequently used by individuals who need that extra body support. The hundreds of thousands of microbeads help create a slight massaging effect on the user’s head and body thereby assisting with pressure problems. Whether you use them as a traveling companion on your next adventure, for adequate support on the bed or as a soothing addition on your flight, microbead pillows are forever ready to provide excellent comfort. On the downside, due to the filling losing its elasticity and volume quite quickly, the pillow tends to flatten out sooner than later. Also due to their unusual shapes, it can be a bit difficult to find a suitable cover.
The Power To Good Sleep Lies With Your Pillow
Considering human beings spend almost a ⅓ of their lifespan sleeping, a formidable relationship is sure to form with your mattress. But more often than not, another sleeping companion is overlooked. The pillow.
These “other halves” which provide pivotal support to your head, neck and shoulders have become game changers in the perpetual pursuit of premium sleep. Consumers today can choose from Natural Latex to Orthopaedic Foam and Hypoallergenic Microbead to Organic Down. Each pillow has something unique to offer whether a super long lifespan, pressure point relief, massaging effects, ultimate softness or in some cases, all of the above. All you have to do is make the right choice for your individual sleeping needs.
About The Author
Magniflex strives to keep the customer’s comfort first and foremost in mind by offering top-quality memory foam mattresses that will help them achieve a state of restful bliss without causing physical strain on their backs and financial strain on their banks. The company understands the importance of delivering premium sleep in order for people to attain ultimate performance at all levels and is proud to provide just that to over 35 million people across the world.