How to choose an orthopedic pillow?
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If you sleep eight hours, but you get out of bed in the morning with a headache, then you yawn and nod all day, you feel completely overwhelmed and cannot concentrate on your work, perhaps the reason for your lack of sleep is just in the wrong pillow. In this case, the matter can be easily corrected - for this it is only necessary to replace the usual down pillow with a new, more modern one, made with regard to the anatomical structure of the cervical spine. Such pillows that help the head and neck to take the correct position during sleep are called orthopedic.
How to choose an orthopedic pillow: tips
- Almost all orthopedic pillows are quite expensive. In order not to spend a lot of money in vain, choosing such a pillow in the store, you need to have at least a general idea of the main types of orthopedic pillows and their distinctive features.
- Any orthopedic pillow has a rectangular shape. The orthopedic pillow is essentially two rollers, united into one whole by a certain jumper. Rollers have a different diameter - a larger roller is designed to support the neck, a smaller one - for the head.
- The most common size of orthopedic pillows is 70 by 50 centimeters. We advise you to choose a pillow of exactly this size, since almost all of the pillow cases on sale are designed for this standard size.
- The main parameter of an orthopedic pillow is its thickness, on which the comfortable position of the neck and head depends on sleep. Most orthopedic pillows for adults are available in two versions - with a larger cushion thickness of 10 centimeters (pillows for narrow-shouldered people) and a thickness of 14 centimeters (pillows for wide shoulders). When choosing an orthopedic pillow, be sure to consider this circumstance.
The general rules for pillow selection are described in our article How to choose a pillow. The main difference between different types of pillows is used to fill them with material. Consumer and medical properties of all orthopedic pillows largely depend on the filler.
Types of orthopedic pillows
Pillows from polyurethane foam
Polyurethane foam is a plastic filled with tiny gas bubbles. It has a fine-meshed structure. Pillows made of polyurethane foam, monolithic, hypoallergenic and very durable. Polyurethane foam for a very long time retains once given its shape and does not change it even under the influence of high physical exertion.
Latex pillows are even more resilient than polyurethane foam. They do not cause allergies, easy to clean. In order for latex pillows to better let air in, they are often made perforated. Latex pillows are among the best. Due to the fact that latex is a natural and rather expensive material, pillows made from one integral block of foamed latex are very expensive. In budget versions of orthopedic pillows, instead of cast latex, latex pellets are used as filler.
The most affordable orthopedic pillows - pillows filled with small balls rolled up from polyester fibers. For additional elasticity, each such ball is treated with silicone. These pillows are pretty durable.They are very easy to wash in a conventional washing machine and dry quickly after washing. The orthopedic form of such pillows gives the machine line made on them in a special way.
As another filler of the same type, not balls are used, but the material with the trade name comfort, which is an artificial analogue of natural down and has all the above advantages of polyester balls.
Cushions with natural plant filler
For filling such orthopedic pillows use bamboo fibers, a shell of rice grains, and most often buckwheat husk. Such pillows are considered the most environmentally friendly and useful. Solid small particles of filler provide a comfortable position of the head during sleep and relieve neck pains due to the slight massage effect they have on the skin.
Pillows, filled with foam, having a "memory"
Memory foam is the most advanced filler for orthopedic pillows. This foam has a viscous porous structure, which it slowly changes under the influence of heat and body weight of a sleeping person.Thus, the pillow “remembers” the position of the head and neck and does not exert pressure on them during sleep.