Natural or synthetic? Silicone or microfibers? Latex or visco-elastic foam? The firm, extra firm or mellow? Square, rectangular or ergonomic? As you can see, it is not easy to find the ideal pillow – the one that really meets your expectations. Buying a pillow is often complicated. Between the tips “pillow and back pain” of your osteo, the info on the new pillows encountered on the Internet, and the recommendations on the cervical pillow from the bedding shop sellers, no one knows or head. To have the heart of it, and leave with a plan of attack for the choice of our next pillow, we interviewed a specialized osteopath. Auriane Bensaïd gives us her practical tips for choosing her pillow. A fascinating interview, to read with greed. So read our guide well, you will find the answer to all your questions! For more about your sleeping buddies, visit www.bedtimefriends.com.
There are four main types of upholstery: natural (feathers and down is the most common), synthetic (polyester fibers), latex and visco-elastic memory foam. Whatever your choice, it is recommended to change your pillows every two years or so, to always have excellent support for the neck and cervical.
Luxurious, soft and light, the natural filling is also very healthy because it “breathes” well (it evacuates accumulated moisture during the night). It consists of a mixture (in varying proportions) of feathers and down. Down is lighter, airy and voluminous than the feathers, so the higher the percentage of down the more the pillow is swelling and soft. A natural pillow is, therefore, cozy in winter and cool in summer.
Note: These feathers and downs are extremely thoroughly cleaned and must be very often treated against allergies. A natural pillow will settle less quickly than a synthetic one. It brings you a more regular support at the same time.
Lightweight, easy-going, non-allergic, it is made of polyester fibers. The hollow fibers contain air, which makes them light and swelling. The silicone hollow fibers have a touch close to the natural lining (the fibers slide over each other like a down). The microfiber offers a bulkiness similar to that of the down. It is particularly cozy and comfortable.
With a natural elasticity, the latex offers a very enveloping support. It is also very healthy, airy and naturally anti-mite and antifungal. It lends itself to fabrications of various shapes, especially for ergonomic pillows, and it retains its shape well in the long term.
Memory foam visco-elastic.
It is a heat sensitive material that reacts to the heat of your body and has the ability to take the exact shape of your neck for optimal comfort. It lightens the pressure points at the neck and shoulders (which provides excellent relaxation), while comfortably supporting the head and cervical.
Good to know: A visco-elastic memory foam pillow may look firm when you put your head on it, but very quickly it softens and perfectly matches the contours.
Firm or mellow? Inflating or flat?
It all depends on your morphology and your sleeping habits. A rather firm pillow is advised for people who have the wide shoulders. For others, opt for an inflatable and firm pillow if you sleep on the side, more supple or ergonomic pillow (wave-shaped) if you sleep on your back.
And if you sleep on your stomach, you will need a flat pillow. In any case, choose a well malleable pillow that will fit the shape of your neck to avoid bad twists. And if you suffer from the back, shoulders and / or neck pain, without hesitation, opt for an ergonomic pillow, which will provide optimal hold of the cervical and maximum relaxation.
The cover or envelope
Its quality is very important because it must prevent the down or the fibers from escaping. Its weaving must, therefore, be very tight. For a natural pillow, the ideal is a percale envelope with hyper tight weaving.
And prefer pure cotton for material, which allows your pillow to “breathe” and to evacuate moisture.
A large part of our pillows is treated against mites and / or bacteria. These treatments are applied to the casing and / or the packing and remain effective even after numerous washing operations.
PRONEEM: natural anti-mite and antifungal treatment. Hypoallergenic and biodegradable, based on natural active ingredients from organic farming, it prevents the development of mites and eliminates them permanently.
GREENFIRST: natural herbal treatment (lavender, lemon, eucalyptus). Safe for the skin and highly effective against mites.
ALLERBAN (Dacron): anti-mites, anti-bacteria and anti-mold, it prevents the proliferation of mites, responsible for certain respiratory problems (asthma for example) and fights against the development of bacteria and molds for maximum hygiene.
SANITIZED: anti-mite, anti-bacteria, and anti-mold, it effectively acts against the proliferation of bacteria and molds. Also, it is responsible for bad odors and effectively fights against mites by creating an environment hostile to their development.
AEGIS: anti-mite, anti-bacteria, and anti-mold. Its active ingredient is integrated directly into the core of the fiber for permanent protection. There is no migration to the skin or release into the environment.
To know also! The mites do not resist the sun or temperatures below 15°. A detergent at 60° completely destroys them. Also, the best ways to avoid them are daily aeration of the room and the pillow, frequent washing of bed linen, annual or bi-annual washing of pillows and a moderate temperature in the room.
What dimensions should I choose?
All natural and synthetic pillows are machine washable and tumble dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. It is recommended to wash them frequently, about every trimester. And for total hygiene consider using a protective cover under your pillowcase. Use little laundry and no softener. Tumble drying is highly recommended as it is imperative that your pillow is totally dry before reuse (for a natural pillow, put a tennis ball into the drum to “break” the balls of wet down)
WARNING: In the case of latex pillows and visco-elastic foam, only the protective cover is washable.