Sleeping on memory foam pillows can provide several health benefits. Memory foam pillows are special because of the heat reactive cushioning insulator. What this means is that when pressure is applied along with heat, the foam reshapes itself to conform to the object.
This is how memory foam pillows shape to the head and neck and supports better than other pillows. The material was originally developed for NASA: however it was never used. The original material for memory foam off gassed dangerous compounds in an enclosed area. Today’s memory foam products have no such dangers.
When it comes to comfort and quality sleep, cost should not be a concerning factor. It should be noted that while memory foam pillows can cost the same or more than competitive traditional pillows, the lifetime of memory foam pillows is much longer. When you compare prices of various pillows, also consider the cost of replacing pillows over the lifetime of the memory foam. When you add this value to the other benefits of sleeping on a memory foam pillow, you will see how well the advantages add up.
Here’s a list of top 5 reasons to use memory foam pillows:
1. Spinal Alignment
The main health benefits on sleeping on memory foam pillows is spinal alignment. This is the most common use, and the most popular reason for many people. As the head and neck are laid upon the pillow, the weight and warmth of the body allow the foam to reshape itself. This forces the pillow to give greater resistance under the heaviest parts of the head, and equally support the lighter, more pressure sensitive neck area. Memory foam pillows allow the spine to align itself naturally, reducing tossing and turning and discomfort.
2. Pressure Points
Memory foam pillows provide even support for the neck and head. The foam reforms less where it does not need to, and more where the stress is increased. This allows for uniform pressure on all areas of the head and neck, eliminating pressure points.
3. Hygienic and Hypoallergenic
Memory foam is a synthetic material. Synthetics allow for a much wider range of cleaning techniques and products to be used. Memory foam also has the advantage of not harboring as many unwelcome life forms. This is also an advantage for those with allergies to dust mites, feathers, or other natural pillow materials. Memory foam is itself hypoallergenic.
4. Sleep Apnea
The exact benefits for those with sleep apnea are undetermined. However, it is commonly believed that the spinal alignment also aligns the airways better allowing easier breathing. The lack of pressure points with memory foam may also be a benefit to those with sleep apnea, as there is less tossing and turning. This leads to sound, restful sleep.
5. Durability and Aesthetics
Nobody likes a lumpy pillow. They are an eyesore, and uncomfortable. Memory foam conforms to fit the neck and head, but as it cools, it reverts to its original shape. Feather and fiber filled or batted pillows develop lumps, go flat, or just plain wear out over time. Memory foam returns to its shape reliably, again and again. They outlast other high quality pillows simply by design.