Do memory foam pillows help you sleep better?

Why do memory foam pillows help you sleep better?

What is the deal with memory foam pillows? It is surprising how many people choose their mattress and bed sheets with care but pay little attention to the quality of their pillows. Of course, a comfortable mattress is one of the key components to getting a great night’s sleep. If you are sleeping on inadequately supported pillows, you may be risking pain building up in your neck. Memory foam pillows may be the answer you have been looking for.

The ideal pillow fit all depends on which type of sleeper you are—though no matter your type, the pillow should keep it’s shape (even when you move). The goal is to keep your head in “neutral alignment,” meaning that your head is not too far back or too far forward, but rests squarely on your shoulders, similar in position to how you’d look standing up with good posture.

The therapeutic design of memory foam pillows adapt to your head, neck and shoulders to provide the enhanced support and gentle alignment you need.

What Is Memory Foam?

First designed in the mid-1960s for NASA airplane seats, memory foam is made from a substance called viscoelastic. It is both highly energy absorbent and soft.

Memory foam molds to the body in response to heat and pressure, evenly distributing body weight. It then returns to its original shape once you remove the pressure.

Benefits Of Memory Foam Pillows

  • Prevents cricks in your neck
  • Keeps your spine aligned
  • Molds to the shape of your head
  • Available in a variety of shapes
  • No adjusting
  • Memory foam pillows are available in different sizes or shapes
  • Reduces snoring

Features and design of memory foam pillows

A memory foam pillow is a great companion to a memory foam mattress. If you haven’t already made the switch to a memory foam mattress, it is a less expensive way to try out memory foam before making a mattress investment.

While there are many options in stores and online for you to choose from, the concept of using memory foam products that react to your body temperature and conform to your unique shape has quickly caught on. Understanding this shift from down pillows to memory foam is the first step in determining why it may be time for you to ditch the feathers.

Other benefits of memory foam pillows

  • The dense material of a memory foam pillow prevents your neck from bending in awkward directions. This is why they are great to use when traveling.
  • As  the memory foam pillow prevents your neck from bending, it allows your spine to remain aligned.
  • Contour to the shape of your head, just as a memory foam mattress contours itself to your body.
  • Available in a variety of shapes, which is convenient because the type of pillow needed will vary based upon your sleeping position.
  • Does not require flipping, fluffing, or any of the adjustments of a regular pillow, as it will retain its shape and size.
  • Regular pillows tilt your head upwards, causing air passages to close. However, memory foam pillows contour to your neck, allowing your air passages to remain open.

Never forget, older pillows should be replaced every 18 months or so, because they can be packed with illness and allergy triggers such as mold, dead skin cells, and dust mites. Pillow protectors can help extend the life of your pillow. You can test if a pillow is ‘dead’ by seeing if it springs back after you fold it in half. If it doesn’t spring back, it’s time to get a new one.

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