Colleen Olsen Pillow August 02nd, 2018 - 12:40:42
I once knew a gentleman who slept on his back, without a pillow, on a long narrow wooden bench. (Did I also say it was hard!) But most of us are using pillows and buying them in fabrics and colors that match our bedding and bedroom decor.
Are you a person that sleeps on their stomach or back? If you sleep on your side like many people then a flat pillow will probably be all you need. If you are someone that prefers to sleep face down then you will probably have to spend a little more time looking to find one that is right for you. Try the pillow out before you buy it and see how you feel when resting on it. This will go a long way to helping you find a size and shape that is just right for your sleeping style.
Using a pillow while sleeping on your stomach. If sleeping or resting in the stomach is preferred, the pillow should be relatively flat, or the head should rest directly on the mattress, so that the head and neck are not artificially activated on both sides. In this position, it is often best to place another relatively flat pillow in the stomach to help keep the spine in natural alignment.
Other vital traits of a good bed pillow that you should keep in mind are the firmness, size and the maintenance level the pillow requires. When it comes to size the standard pillow is for single or twin bed, the medium size is for queen size bed while the large ones are designed for king size beds. As for pillow maintenance, cotton and synthetic fiber pillows are the easiest to clean and are the most durable.
A pillow with a cotton filling is another kind. Such pillows are usually flatter than the other pillows, but they don't hold their shape and take the form of your head. Nowadays, cotton pillows are a choice of many people, as they confess their body rests better in its natural position with their help. If you prefer to sleep on this type of pillows it's better to change it instead of washing it. Cotton pillows become too flat with the weight of the body after some time. As a result, a pillow becomes water soaked when washed that makes a breeding ground for mold.
Pillow fillings have come a long way from the straw or feather fills of earlier centuries. And again, they now come in a bewildering range of materials. Solid cotton filling is used in the Middle East and South Asia, and I have spent a good number of nights on them during my travels there. Here, many sleepers fill their pillows with buckwheat and modern plastics have given us fluffy fibre filling that can be fine tuned to firm or soft consistencies and stuffed into our pillows. These cheap, synthetic fillings have brought down the price of pillows. My wife and I, for instance, recently bought a double mattress and the salesman threw in pillows as a complimentary extra.