Tabitha Whitley Pillow July 11th, 2018 - 18:52:37
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.
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.
The material you choose for your new pillow isn't the only decision you will have to make; size is something you will also have to consider. Feather pillows come in many sizes and many people make the decision of size based on the size of their bed. If you have a queen size you would also choose queen sized pillows, just like for your children who probably have a twin size bed you would choose a small standard size pillow. A good feather pillow of any size will assure you a good night sleep, and help you to wake up feeling rested.
Back Sleepers are unique in that a firm, but soft pillow feels the best. Back sleepers need cervical neck support, but also need less pressure on the back of the head. Contour shaped pillows are perfect for this. They are designed with a valley for the head and an arch for the neck. The nice thing about that shape is that if you end up rolling to your side, you'd still receive the same benefit as a side sleeper. That is, support for the neck with less pressure on the head. Contour pillows are usually made from a pressure relieving memory foam.
As with everything bedding related your budget and how much you can spend will determine a lot about the kind of pillow you end up buying. Also keep in mind that since you will be using your pillow a lot it is recommended to buy the best that you can afford. This may mean that you only get two quality pillows instead of four cheap ones. It is much better to have just the right amount of pillows that are great to sleep on than having a bed full of cheap, rock hard pillows that feel like stones when you rest on them.
Geese feathers is another type of popular filling that is used for feather pillows, a goose feather pillow can be soft but it is also a bit firmer than a down feather pillow. Both of these types of pillows if you take proper care of them will last for several years. You should never machine wash a feather pillow because the feathers will stick together and that will cause your pillow to become very uncomfortable to sleep on.