Your time in bed is precious. A deeply satisfying, restful and comfortable sleep is an experience that many would give anything for – and for good reason. Studies have shown that even depriving yourself of just one hour less of sleep a night can have a detrimental effect on energy levels and mental ability. A good night’s sleep is not just a luxury, but a necessity.
The incorrect pillow can make sleeping more troublesome even for those without neck or back pain. Discomfort can contribute to insomnia, compromising your ability to function at your best the following day. For those with cervical pain issues, it’s even more imperative to seek out the correct pillow for your body, so you are not exacerbating spinal issues while in bed.
Introducing memory foam pillows, courtesy of NASA
There are many good pillows on the market today, yet none offer quite the same cushioning, cradling support or the comforting relief of memory foam pillows.
As dramatic as it may sound, for many, the introduction to memory foam pillows can be life changing. Innovative technology, originally invented by NASA, has created a product made from viscoelastic foam that is heat-sensitive, allowing the pillow to mould to your shape. Your head and neck settle into the moulded pillow to be gently cradled in a relaxed and natural alignment.
NASA scientists invented memory foam many years ago in their efforts to create a product to reduce the g-force astronauts were exposed to (a type of acceleration that produces weight) during lift-off. The material softens when in contact with body heat, so only softens in the areas exposed to pressure.
Originally, memory foam was quite expensive and, therefore, its uses spread mostly to the medical profession, where it was highly regarded. Fortunately, due to improvements in manufacturing, memory foam has become more affordable for the average consumer. Now, although a good quality memory foam pillow may be a few dollars more than more conventional pillows, the benefits far outweigh the price.
Memory foam pillows: three key benefits
A heavenly sleep is not the only benefit of memory foam pillows. They are a sound choice over other options on the market for three very good reasons:
- they offer superior support for the neck and back
- they help reduce or eliminate snoring through better alignment
- they are hypoallergenic – dust mites and pests become a thing of the past
Lying in your body’s most natural position is the best way to sleep in terms of comfort. The majority of people (approximately 60%) sleep on their sides, or at least start sleeping in that position. Through the night if the pillow is too soft or too hard, many people will toss and turn, unable to get comfortable. Often, choosing the correct pillow can remedy the situation. With the wonderful properties of memory foam, you can select from a range of pillow densities, contoured shapes and pillow heights to find one that suits your body type and preferences. You can sleep easy, knowing that your head and neck are supported in the correct alignment, relieving strain on the vertebrae and supporting structures.
Along with comfort levels, the supported, natural alignment of head, neck and spine can help those (and their partners) who suffer from snoring. The airways are less restricted when the cervical spine is straight and therefore less likely to collapse and create obstruction – the main cause of snoring.
If you suffer from allergies, with a regular pillow the problems can be exacerbated by allergic reactions to dust mites throughout the night. With a memory foam pillow there are no dust mites or other nasties to irritate your system, so you can finally sleep deeply and peacefully.
Mattress & Pillow Science provide a range of memory foam pillows, available in a variety of different heights and comfort densities so you can be sure to find one that is just right for you. Experience the Mattress & Pillow Science difference for yourself. View our memory foam pillows online now or visit us at one of our Melbourne stores in Caulfield South, Moonee Ponds or Surrey Hills for a free consultation with one of our expert sleep consultants.
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