Good pillows, like a good bed help you have a good night’s sleep and recharge batteries for the daily grind. Do not underestimate the importance of the right pillow for health and well being.
Doctors and orthopaedics are of the opinion that a pillow could carry infections, mites and if not of the right level and filling, also end up giving you a stiff neck and aggravate serious problems.
But how can you determine if yours is allergy proof and meets health parameters.
We tell you How:
- Firstly, ensure you change your pillow every two years. If a pillow has past its time, it could contain skin cells, fungus and dust mites that are not necessarily visible to the naked eye.
- Buy a pillow according to your sleep position. Your head should be in neutral position, or to put it in other words, without reaching too forward or bending back too far your head should sit squarely on your shoulders. Side-sleepers usually need a firmer pillow compared to others; back sleepers thin but filled up for neck support and someone who sleeps on their stomach, a flat one.
- In terms of filling, check the making. Down-feather combinations are the most common ones for eg. polyester fiberfill or foam. In recent years latex pillows and memory foam have become quite popular, particularly among people looking for neck support. Micro fiber filling is very fine but good quality.
- Different Fillings for different peeps- Down feather is considered good as natural and consistent, considered good for the head and neck. Also it can be soft yet firm. Memory Foam comes in different shapes and people suffering from specific neck problems can choose an S shape. In Foam, higher the density, more the support. Latex, which is the firmest kind, is known to resist molds and dust mites.
- You could try out a pillow for a week to check you’re not allergic to any material used. If you suffer from asthma or any pronounced allergy, a synthetic filling option is wise. That means a microfiber or polyester filling or even a memory foam would do.
So don’t scrounge on this important element of bedtime. Get yourself a good pillow and rest easy!