We all need healthy and restful sleep. A good pillow is therefore active health care!
Which pillow is right for me?
The range of pillows on offer is extremely diverse and actually unmanageable for a sufferer who is not regularly looking for new pillows. There are just too many different pillows and you cannot find the best pillow for yourself without the advice of a specialist seller.
Is a small pillow better than a big one? Should it be hard or soft, the material made of latex or viscose foam, flakes, or feather filling, made of natural or synthetic fiber, intended for allergy sufferers or nature lovers?
What pillow do you sleep on?
If you were to conduct a customer survey on the topic “on which pillow do you sleep?”, The answer would be heard in most cases: “on a feather or down a pillow” “and that in the size 80 x 80 cm”. The classic! This is probably because the standard bedding is available in this size. The pillows fit nicely into the covers and it looks decorative. From an ergonomic point of view, however, such pillows are not recommended, smaller 40 × 80 are better.
Is there the perfect pillow and how should it look like?
The perfect pillow should never be too hard but made of soft and supple material, e.g. Latex. For the sake of the sensitive facial muscles. It must support the neck and fill the gap between the shoulder and the cervical spine. The cervical spine must not bend. Therefore it would be ideal if the pillow was adjustable in height, e.g. with different height insert plates. An incorrectly coordinated pillow for the mattress can have serious consequences for the neck muscles.
Continuously incorrect positioning of the head can lead to headaches, neck pain, and tension in the shoulder area.
Very important: in the side position the head must be supported so that the spine forms a straight line from the neck to the pelvis. Only one other person can see whether you are right.
From an ergonomic point of view, the prone position is the worst sleeping position. Pure belly sleepers should check their mattress. Because most of the time you sleep on your stomach because the mattress is too hard. If you cannot get used to the prone position, you should take a flat pillow or no pillow at all.
The wider the shoulders, the higher the pillow should be – the narrower the shoulders, the lower.
The harder the mattress, the higher the pillow should be. The softer it is, the lower.
Pillows filled with grains do not have good support properties and are not suitable for neck problems. In addition, noise can disturb.
Down and feathers do not have a particularly good support force either, because the head simply sinks in, causes depression, but in no way supports it. In addition, feathers are not allergy-friendly.
Synthetic fibers are more allergy-friendly. They are easy to wash. However, you should not save on quality, low-quality fibers clump faster when washing.
The sleeping temperature should also be taken into account when purchasing. In particularly cold bedrooms, some materials can become difficult because they do not adapt enough, for example materials made of viscoelastic foams.
Always test a pillow in peace, preferably in the morning when you are rested. In the evening you are so tired that you can find (almost) all models comfortably.
You should get advice from a specialist shop and bring all the data about the mattress with you. This is the best way to find the optimal model.
Patience is important: a new pillow can be unfamiliar at first, especially if you switch from a down pillow to a neck pillow. In the first days, you can even feel a kind of muscle soreness, you have to plan 2-3 weeks until the new pillow “fits” perfectly.