How To Choose a Pillow Fit Up For Sleep
As a sleep expert, I often share with my friends and colleagues for the importance of sleep. Usually, many netizens ask me what pillow should I choose to help sleep? In this regard, I feel a bit helpless. Due to different personal feelings, I really can't tell what kind of pillow you will fit. For example, when I was a child, I slept on a buckwheat pillow at my grandmother's house, which left a deep shadow on me. Since then, I no longer like hard pillows, and a friend of mine prefers hard pillows.
To choose a pillow that suits you, you need to refer to these three elements:
Element 1: the shape of the pillow.
The reason why people use pillows when sleeping is to maintain the normal curve of the entire human body.
The right pillow can not only bring you comfortable and high-quality sleep, but also correct those bad sleeping postures and protect the normal physiology of the entire neck.
There are various pillow shapes on the market, and you can choose any pillow shape you like. But be sure to pay attention to the height and softness of the pillow.
Pillows that are too high or too low will easily affect the health of the body, while pillows that are too soft or too hard will affect the quality of sleep. The most important thing is that if this is the case, it will also cause certain damage to the body. , Increase the risk of cervical spondylosis.
Therefore, to judge whether a pillow is good or bad, we must first see whether it has enough support to make the neck and head of the human body bend the best.
The second is to see whether it can be restored to its original state in a short period of time after being stressed, and it will not change its shape after long-term use.
In traditional pillows such as buckwheat, the head is usually placed on the highest part of the pillow, causing the cervical spine to hang in the air. After a long period of time, the neck muscles and ligament joints are in a tight state.
A large number of scientific research data show that the most beneficial to the health of the cervical spine is the "high front and low back" pillow shape. It can use the front protruding part to maintain the normal curvature of the whole body, especially the cervical spine, so it is more conducive to people's sleep.
There are many kinds of pillows on the market that present a "high front and low back" shape, but when it comes to the best, it is naturally latex pillows.
Latex pillows are carefully made based on scientific ergonomics, with high-tech formulas, and the most advanced pillow making technology. After one molding, it will never deform and is more durable.
Nowadays, there are many latex pillow manufacturers who try to divide latex pillows scientifically into sleeping area and side sleeping area, etc. No matter what sleeping posture you like, latex pillows can satisfy you and keep the cervical spine in a natural curvature. , Thereby improving the quality of sleep.
Element 2: The height of the pillow.
The height of the pillow varies from person to person. Some people like to sleep on high pillows and feel comfortable, while some people like low pillows because they think that low pillows are good for sleep. Scientifically speaking, a pillow that is too high cannot maintain the normal curve of the human cervical spine, which will increase the burden on the cervical spine and prone to stiff neck.
Too low pillows are not good either. A lower pillow will cause congestion of the head to a certain extent, causing swelling of the eyes and face, and it is also not good for health.
How high is the pillow?
A lot of research believes that for Asian adults, the height of the pillow should be kept at 8-12 cm （3.15-4.72 In）. Whether you choose to lie on your back, side, or prone, this height pillow can maintain the normal physiological curve of the neck, ensuring that the adult can reach 15-20 cm （5.9-7.87 In）when lying on the back, so that the muscles of the whole body, especially the muscles of the neck and shoulders Relax completely and enter a deep sleep state at a faster speed.
Traditional buckwheat pillows are designed with zipper. People can add or reduce buckwheat according to their needs to make the pillow reach the right height. However, buckwheat pillows are prone to noise during sleep, which hinders people's sleep, so it is not recommended.
Chemical fiber pillows and buckwheat pillows are designed in the same way as buckwheat pillows, but they are relatively impractical. Because the chemical fiber material is relatively not very breathable, it is easy to cause agglomeration after a long time, so that unevenness occurs, so it is not recommended.
Latex pillows are made of rubber tree sap. They are not only anti-bacterial and anti-mite, but also very elastic. Once under pressure, they can quickly rebound to conform to the contours of the entire body, gently care for the head and neck muscles, and make these The part quickly enters a comfortable and relaxed state.
Factor 3: The hardness of the pillow.
This is even more different from person to person. Generally speaking, it's good if the individual thinks it is suitable. Of course, it can’t be too hard, because a pillow that is too hard has a relatively small contact area with the human head, and it is easy to increase the pressure. If this happens, the scalp will feel uncomfortable.
Pillows that are too soft have poor support, and it is difficult to keep the human head within a certain height range for a long time, which will cause the neck muscles to become too tired, which is not conducive to sleep.
The most suitable pillow should be of moderate hardness and softness. In this way, it can not only reduce the pressure formed between the pillow and the head, but also maintain the pressure within the standard range, which is conducive to people's sleep.
Among the current materials, materials with moderate hardness and softness should belong to memory pillows and latex pillows. Let me talk about the memory pillow first. The memory pillow is a pillow made of slow-resilient materials. Due to frequent use, the pillow will form the inherent shape of the human head and neck, so it is called a memory pillow.
It has strong stickiness and can automatically change its shape with the change of people's head, so as to ensure a greater degree of close fit with the neck at any time and prevent stiff neck. It's just that the memory pillow cannot be cleaned. Once cleaned, it basically loses its corresponding functions.
Latex pillows are carefully made through scientific foaming technology. Compared with the current pillows of many materials, it fits the normal curve of the human body more closely, can seamlessly fit the human head, and generate two-way traction, soothe and relax the muscles and joints of the cervical spine, and return it to the natural physiological curvature. .
Compared with the memory pillow, it has many natural cellular structure inside, and the ventilation is better. But it should be noted that latex cannot be washed with water and light, otherwise it will accelerate the oxidation and shorten the service life. It is recommended to put on a pillowcase for easy cleaning.