How to choose a pillow

Everyone knows how important it is to have a good rest during sleep. We no longer doubt that a high-quality anatomical mattress is not a whim, but a vital necessity. At the same time, few people think about the importance of such an accessory as a pillow. But in vain!
Think about it, would you buy a car with 3 wheels without the ability to supplement it with a fourth? It is unlikely, because in this case the machine will not be able to fulfill its key function. The same thing happens when we acquire an anatomical mattress and do not supplement it with a quality pillow. In this case, the beneficial properties of the mattress will be manifested only by 80%.
How to choose a pillow to ensure a healthy and full sleep for yourself and your loved ones?
The first thing to note is that there are no right and wrong pillows; there are incorrectly selected pillows. Each person is individual, and what is suitable for one may not be acceptable for the second.
Pillows differ in shape, height, rigidity and type of filler. When choosing these parameters, you need to be guided by such factors as gender, age, shoulder width, preferred posture during sleep, the rigidity of the mattress.

The shape of the pillow. Pillows can have a classic shape, that is, rectangular / square or the so-called anatomical shape - with cushioned rollers. If you sleep on your side, a pillow with rollers of different heights will suit you, if on your back - a classic shape. Square pillows are a thing of the past. Orthopedic specialists say in one voice that the pillow should not fall under the shoulders. It should support the head and cervical region.

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The height of the pillow. If you prefer to sleep on your side, the height of the pillow should match the width of the shoulder. To find out the width of your shoulder, use a ruler or a centimeter tape to measure the segment from the point of the base of the neck to the shoulder point. If a person sleeps on his back or stomach, he needs a lower pillow than with a sleep on his side. Also, the pillow for a man should be higher than for a woman.

  • For sleeping on the back, pillows 8-10cm high are suitable.
  • Those who prefer to sleep on the back and side are recommended pillows with a height of 10-13cm
  • For those who like to sleep on their sides, pillows from 10-14 cm high are suitable
  • If you sleep on your stomach, choose the lowest models from 6 to 8 cm.
  • If the mattress is soft, then the pillow should be lower than when sleeping on a harder surface.

Features of tailoring. Another factor that is not often paid attention to when purchasing a pillow is the peculiarities of its sewing. Be sure to check the strength and quality of the seams, the density of the outer fabric, as well as the details of sewing, for example, the size of the punctures from the needles - alone should be small to provide protection against the passage of filler outside the product.

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Which pillow filler is best to choose. The most important pillow parameter is its filler. General hygiene and quality of night rest directly depend on the contents of the product. All modern pillows according to this criterion are divided into 2 large subgroups - these are synthetic and natural materials. Which option to choose, which pillow is better for sleeping and relaxing during the day? consider all possible fillers presented in stores.

Fillers

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Horsehair

A special type of filler is horse hair, a by-product of horse breeding. Pillows on horsehair are cheaper than fluff and wool, while perfectly absorb and remove moisture, and also keep their shape perfectly, while having good indicators of microcirculation of air masses. In addition, products from this filler are easy to maintain and operate.

The disadvantages include low thermal conductivity, strong stiffness of the pillow, as well as its increased allergenicity.

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Sheep and camel hair

These two types of filler began to be used even earlier than their goose and duck analogues in the form of fluff and feathers. The first was actively used by the inhabitants of the mountainous regions of the planet, and the second dominated in the eastern c    ountries.

Advantages of pillows made of camel hair: They also breathe well, are hygroscopic, have a high level of thermal conductivity, but are very difficult to maintain - they cannot be washed, and the only way to clean them is chemical treatment.

Cons: Also, camel and sheep wool filler is haunted by the eternal problem of animal materials - a high allergic risk to the user.

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Fluff and feather

Classic natural materials of animal origin, constantly used in the manufacture of pillows for many hundreds of years. The cost of such products depends on the percentage of the filler and the density of the packing - the more it is and the better the fluff, the product is more expensive.

The obvious advantages of feather pillows usually include good air exchange, excellent thermoregulation, softness of the product, as well as its hygroscopicity with microcirculation of moisture during absorption and evaporation.

Potential disadvantages are difficult care, high price, short life, and high allergic risk due to the frequent settlement of dust mites and other microorganisms in the product.

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