Pillows

”A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” (Charlotte Bronte)
Nightly quality sleep depends on how mattress, bed base and pillow work together. Pillows are chosen regardless of cervical area support, not taking into account the shoulder/cheek axis and nightly transpiration. However, to choose the right pillow you just need to know which position you mostly sleep in during the night and whether you have specific needs.

First, check your sleeping habits. If you preferably sleep on your back, choose a round pillow to put under your nape so to adapt to its concave shape. Round pillows are cylindrical and are smaller compared to normal ones. We recommend an average height and softness pillow. If you’re used to sleep on your side, choose a taller and denser support to keep the head aligned with your spinal column. Besides the rectangular, soapbar like pillow, you can choose an ergonomic pillow which has a wave-like shape and it is made of materials of different density that allow the correct position of the nape. Ergonomic pillows improve blood circulation and head position. They make rest more effective because they relieve muscular tensions. If you prefer to sleep on your belly, use a soft, low pillow so to reduce pressure on the neck and its muscular tension.

What are the ideal sizes of a pillow? During sleep it is important to lay head and shoulders without letting the head tilt towards the shoulder. For this reason the ideal pillow has a 100 cm length and a 20 cm height. If the pillow is too thick it causes cervical rachis to be in an innatural position thus creating tension in the neck because it causes the head to tilt backwards.

If you have specific physical problems, you suffer backpain and your neck hurts, you can benefit from orthopedic pillow’s properties. If you suffer from inter-vertebrae disk inflammation and cervical pain, you can choose a profiled pillow with a thicker part where the nape lies and a thinner part where the head goes. A wedge shape pillow is recommended to whom has the need to rest with their head tilted forwards like people who suffer from asthma, night apnoea and gastroesophagean reflux. For those who suffer from allergies and respiratory problems instead, we recommend choosing anti-allergy pillows. Anti-mite pillows can’t be attacked by mold and bacteria, they decrease allergens and prevent mite proliferation. More, for perfect hygiene it’s important to choose pillows with removable covers. The covers can be machine washed at 60°C or 95°C.

How to choose pillows’ padding? The classic woolen pillows are transpiring, they have a high hygroscopic and thermoregulating capacity and so they are ideal for people who suffer from rheumatisms. Woollen pillows are similar to goose feather pillows. These ones offer a soft and comfortable support, they are transpiring and hygroscopic favoring sweat evaporation. The drawback is that they tend to flatten quite fast. Woollen and goose feather pillows are allergenic and for this reason they are being more and more replaced by anti-allergic materials such as latex and memory foam. Latex pillows are transpiring, washable, anti-mite and anti-allergic. They are cool in summer. They’re not recommended for people with cervical pain because of their rigidity. 100% natural latex pillows are the best in terms of breathability and elasticity. Their shape can be defined so latex is mostly used for orthopedic pillows.
Memory foam pillows, instead, can adapt to your head thus offering an optimal support for your nape. They are recommended for those who sleep on their bellies because the relieve pressure on the face. More, their particular making with air channels, makes them transpiring and if matched with cotton pillow cases they can absorb humidity produced during the night pretty well. ... More ... less
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