Pillows

Get a good sleep with the right bed pillows

What you sleep on affects the quality of your sleep, and the quality of your sleep affects more than the kind of next day you have -- it can have a significant impact on your mental and physical health. Studies show that the negative consequences of poor sleep or lack of sleep can be much more serious than a feeling of sluggishness the next day, and can even cause changes in metabolism and hormone levels.

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Proper form and support during sleep is also important not only for your short-term comfort but for the long-term benefits to your muscles and skeletal alignment. To ensure you are getting enough head and neck support, it's important to choose the right pillow for you.

For some people, the down pillows or feather pillows they've always used and swear by may feel good enough for a healthy and restorative night's rest, but there is evidence that a pillow made from a more technologically advanced material, such as gel fiber or memory foam, is better.

Function: Memory Foam Pillows

Memory foam is so called because it moulds around, and somewhat holds, the shape of your head and neck where their weight is applied. This feature makes a memory foam pillow a sort of individually customized pillow for every sleeper, and many people with neck or back problems prefer memory foam because of the relief from pain and stress they feel it provides for their joints and muscles. In fact, some people like memory foam so much, they go beyond mere pillows and opt to devote their entire bed to it by investing in a memory foam mattress.

Form: Decorative Bed Pillows

On the other end of the pillow spectrum from memory foam pillows are decorative pillows, or bedroom throw pillows. These bed pillows serve a very different purpose from memory foam pillows -- they aren't meant to support your head and neck, but rather to support the aesthetic unity of your bedroom.

For example, a multi-colored pillow can be the joining thread that brings strongly contrasting colors in a bedroom together. Or in a bedroom where neutral colors reign, throw pillows can be the burst of boldness, much easier and less expensive to change with fashions or seasons than your wall paint or draperies.