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6 Different Types of Bed Pillows and Their Benefits

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Different Types of Bed Pillows and Their Benefits

Pillows can add a whole new dimension to the quality of sleep you get. When it comes to pillows, there are many different choices to choose from. Each pillow offers a unique set of benefits. Choosing the right pillow can really make for a good night’s sleep. Choose a pillow that accentuates your sleeping style to get the best quality of sleep. Here is a list of different pillow types and their unique benefits.

1. Buckwheat Pillows
You might not know about buckwheat pillows. These pillows are not as common, but are an excellent choice for stomach, back and side sleepers. This pillow is the most adjustable pillow on the market and thus is perfect for any type of sleeper. These pillows are filled with buckwheat hulls and covered with a cotton zippered pillowcase. Buckwheat hulls are flat beans. These beans slide and adjust as you move in your sleep. Using this pillow is like being rocked to sleep throughout the night. Image courtesy of Flickr

buckwheat pillows

2. Latex Pillows
Latex pillows are increasing in their popularity. They are perfect for back and side sleepers. Latex pillows are made from natural latex. Latex pillows are an excellent choice if you are looking to relieve the pressure points on your head, yet keep your neck fully supported. These pillows do not allow for a buildup of moisture and heat and keep the pillow at one temperature all night long.

latex pillows

3. Memory Foam Pillows
If you are a side or back sleeper, a memory foam pillow can be a good choice for you. Memory foam pillows use the heat of your body to mold to your head and neck. Memory foam significantly reduces pressure points and stress points. It is also hypoallergenic. Another benefit of memory foam is that it comes in a variety of densities, so you can choose the right level for you. The higher the density of the memory foam, the more support it will give. Most memory foam pillows come in a contoured shape.

memory foam pillow

4. Traditional Knife Edge Memory Foam Pillows
Most memory foam pillows are contoured in order to provide optimal neck support and comfort. However, you can get memory foam pillows that are shaped like regular pillows. These pillows offer all of the benefits of the contoured model without the added neck support. These are perfect for side sleepers.

knife edge memory foam pillows

5. Magnetic Therapy Pillows
These pillows have magnets that are embedded into the material. These magnets provide a magnetic field around your neck and head while you sleep. Magnetic therapy has been proven to relieve aches and pains and can also keep your sinus passages clear. Magnetic therapy pillows can also help you breathe throughout the night.

6. Body Pillows
Body pillows aren’t used the way traditional pillows are used. Many people “snuggle” body pillows while they sleep. This helps prevent the arm of a side sleeper to compress the chest while asleep. Body pillows are popular among pregnant women and side sleepers.

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