Ivanhoe Osteopaths at Relinque Sports & Spinal Group compare three of the leading types of pillows to find out which one is best for you.
When you consider that one third of your life will be spent asleep, having a good quality pillow that supports your spine is very important.
Choosing a pillow is a personal thing, and with so much choice available it can be a challenge to decide which pillow is right for you. Some pillows are designed for side sleepers, others for those that sleep on their back, some pillows even claim to stop snoring,
Three of the leading types of pillows currently available today are 1) Memory Foam 2) Latex and 3) Gel. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, so take the time to learn a little more about each of them before you decide to spend money on your next pillow.
1) Memory Foam
Hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites (due to chemical treatment)
The temperature-sensitive and viscoelastic properties mean this pillow responds to your body’s warmth, and will soften and mould to the shape of your head and neck.
Very comfortable and offers outstanding support.
Reported to be more comfortable than natural latex.
Made from a synthetic polyurethane foam, which are mostly uncovered.
Tends to break down quicker than natural latex.
Have the tendency to off-gas if not covered with a protective material, and may be associated with breathing difficulties.
Synthetic materials tend to absorb and trap moisture and heat more than natural materials.
Can take 30-60 seconds to go back to original shape and size, which may become an issue if you are a restless sleeper.
2) Pure Latex
Made from the sap of rubber trees.
Eco Friendly – a renewable and sustainable resource.
Produced from pure natural latex with no chemicals used to stabilize the rubber.
Hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and resists dust mites.
Lasts longer than uncovered synthetic memory foam.
Suitable for those who prefer a firm, supportive pillow.
Returns back to its normal shape quicker than memory foam, and will bounce back immediately if you move in your sleep.
Not reported to cause any breathing issues.
Can give the initial sensation of being “bouncy and springy”, and may take a couple of weeks to get use to.
The gel is made from a non-toxic and stable polyurethane substance.
The gel is joined with a memory foam pillow that is encased with a very thin layer of polyurethane.
The “soft solid” gel material joins together the 3D deformation of a fluid and the memory shape of a solid.
Moulds itself around your head and neck, deforming in all three directions giving superior comfort and support.
Even weight distribution over entire contact area leading to decreased pressure points and improved blood flow.
100% hypo-allergenic, non toxic and totally free from dangerous plasticizers and volatile agents.
Antimicrobial and resists dust mites.
Technogel’s good thermal conductivity favors heat dispersion, helping to lower skin temperature.
Does not rely on heat for efficient use.
More expensive than standard pillows.
If you have any questions regarding which type of pillow may be best for you, please contact one of the Osteopaths in our Ivanhoe clinic for more details.