Have you always slept on an ordinary down pillow, but thought about purchasing an orthopedic pillow because you have pain in your head and neck? After sleeping on an orthopedic pillow, health actually becomes stronger. This can be explained — during sleep in a physiologically correct position, the blood circulation of the brain improves and a person sleeps better. In this article, we will look at what an orthopedic sleep pillow is, the history of the first pillows, the material of manufacture, and the pros and cons.
How to lie on an orthopedic pillow
An orthopedic pillow is a model that supports the head and neck in the correct position. Blood circulation is normalized, correct posture is maintained, and overall health improves. Our pillow has a special wave shape, but square pillows can also be orthopedic if they are made of memory, tempura, natural latex or soy foam.
An orthopedic sleeping pillow cannot be too soft made of fluff, it should not fall under the weight of the head. Our filler, which you will learn about below, is elastic, follows the contours of the head and neck, and also restores its shape after the load is removed, therefore it provides uniform support in any position for a long time. This is the main difference from the classic pillow, in which the filler is crushed and falls down and needs to be constantly shaken up. And this means that there is a risk of spending the whole night in the wrong position, which will lead to circulatory disorders and numbness.
The history of the orthopedic pillow
The oldest pillows to date have been found in ancient Egyptian pyramids. At night, the Egyptians put their heads on curved boards with stands, but not to support the head, but to maintain a lush hairstyle. Sleeping on such a pillow was not only uncomfortable, but simply painful. For the ancient Greeks — unlike the Egyptians — comfort was in the first place, and since they spent a significant amount of time in bed, their pillows could not have been wooden. It was in ancient Greece around the 5th century BC that the first soft square and rectangular pillows appeared, stuffed with bird down and feathers, grass, wool or straw. But in China, it was believed that a soft pillow steals vitality, so pillows were made of wood, rough leather and porcelain.
Research by Otto Steiner
In Europe and in Rus’, soft pillows did not cause superstitious fears and were traditionally stuffed with goose down and feathers. However, in the 19th century, the German physician Otto Steiner, in his book Bed, proved that more than ten types of parasitic microorganisms live in feather pillows, which feel great on the remnants of fat that remain on the feathers after shaking. Manufacturers of accessories for sleep seriously thought about finding an acceptable alternative to down and feathers, and soon fortune smiled at them.
In 1839, Charles Goodyear discovered the process of vulcanizing natural latex, and this discovery marked the birth of a new industry. In 1929 I.A. Whipping latex in a kitchen mixer, Murphy created latex foam for the first time, a soft, elastic and porous material that met all the requirements of an ideal filler. Latex foam is still the undisputed leader in the list of pillow fillers and orthopedic pillows in particular.
Visco-elastic polyurethane foam
The material from which our pillow is made just has an orthopedic effect, was invented within the walls of the NASA Research Center in 1966. The official name of the material is viscoelastic polyurethane foam, but it is known worldwide as memory foam. The “memory effect” is that the porous foam cells under the influence of heat and pressure are compressed and take the anatomical shape of the body, and when the effect stops, it retains its shape for another 3–4 seconds and returns to its original shape after about 10 seconds. Since the mid-1980s, memory foam has been on the market as a filler for orthopedic pillows that provide ideal support for the neck, complete muscle relaxation and comfortable deep sleep.
Pros and cons
Is it good to sleep on an orthopedic pillow with a memory effect? Definitely yes. It supports the cervical spine in the correct position. For a healthy person, this serves as a prevention of disease, for those who have any diseases, it reduces the risk of complications.
Benefits: Restoring normal blood flow in the neck, reducing the risk of attacks of osteochondrosis, headaches and other diseases, breathable material allows air to pass through and creates a favorable microclimate in the bed, the memory model does not put pressure on soft tissues and preserves youthful skin, helps to get rid of or reduce the frequency of snoring, helps to maintain a beautiful posture at any age, prevents swelling, suitable even for children.
Disadvantages: Filler requires careful handling. So, memory foam cannot be wetted, because it will be difficult to dry it. It is also not recommended to operate in rooms with high humidity. The wave-shaped pillow takes some getting used to. If you have previously slept only on soft downy pillows, then on orthopedic pillows you may feel unusual and uncomfortable. After three days you will get used to it.
Orthopedic pillow with memory effect for healthy sleep and insomnia is suitable for children and adults. Orthopedic sleep pillow will become an indispensable item in your bedroom. The pillow with memory effect anatomically correctly supports your head and cervical-collar zone during the whole sleep. The hypoallergenic pillow is made of a dense knitted cover, if necessary, it can be easily removed and washed. High-quality polyurethane foam is used as a filler. Orthopedic pillow for adults and children can be used for osteochondrosis and as a prevention of headaches and snoring. You can choose an anatomical pillow as a gift for mom, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, colleague, pregnant woman or child. The size of the pillow is uniquely suitable for everyone — 60*40. The anatomical model pillow is convenient to take with you when traveling.
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