My Favorite Pillow Type

September 02, 2019

My Favorite Pillow Type

We all have them. Favorites. We may have a favorite food, a favorite color, or even a favorite movie. If you think about it, there are a lot of things that we can favor.

What about pillow types? Do you have a favorite? Even if you don’t realize it, you probably do. You have a pillow type that your body sleeps best on. As I was growing up, I didn’t pay attention to my body and the cues it was giving me. My head was trying to direct me to the proper pillow type for me. Instead of listening to these cues, I would just go to the store and buy whatever was least expensive. And then I wouldn’t sleep my best. As I have gotten older, though, I’ve realized that there are definite differences in pillow stuffings - from fluffy, to flat, to hard as a rock. My husband is on one end of that spectrum, as he likes down pillows and other fluffy types. Conversely, I like my pillows to resemble a brick...the harder, the better.

How many different pillow stuffing types are there? Here I’ve compiled a shortlist of common pillow types available today:

 

Down and Feather


Typically stuffed with down (the fluffy, bottom part of the feathers), these pillows can hold their shape for many years, but they come with a price. Pillows made of feathers and down are not cruelty-free. Many bedding manufacturers have been shying away from using feathers in their pillows and they are looking for other, natural, cruelty-free pillow stuffing options.

Polyester


Man-made polyester is one of the least expensive pillow stuffings, but polyester is also the type most likely to need replacing frequently. The fibers of the filling are prone to absorb nasty oils, sweat, and dirt the most easily. These polyester fibers also tend to “clump” together, creating a pillow that feels lumpy and uncomfortable.

 

Shredded foam, memory foam, and foam layers


Foam is great at maintaining its shape, and for those seeking firmer support, foam can be a great option. When purchasing any type of pillow made with foam, though, you need to be careful that there are no carcinogens or other dangerous chemicals or toxins. (That’s why all Lavender & Chamomile pillows are certified by CertiPUR-US ® - this way you can sleep soundly knowing the foam in your pillow isn’t made with mercury, lead, or other dangerous heavy metals!)

 

Cotton


This natural material grows from cotton plants. Cotton usage dates as far back as the 5th millennium BC. The downside of using cotton for pillow stuffing is it often has to be mixed with wool to help it keep its shape.

Kapok


Also a naturally growing plant, to use kapok for stuffing the seeds and fibers of the kapok are removed from the pods by hand. Kapok is sometimes referred to as “Java cotton” or “Silk cotton”

Shredded latex


Using latex as a stuffing is eco-friendly, very moldable, and it provides firm support to the head; however, for those with allergies to latex, this is not a good pillow option.

Other pillow types


You can find pillows stuffed with wool, microbeads, buckwheat and down alternative, just to name a few. It seems that every day, manufacturers are coming up with new pillow stuffing options to make us comfortable and help us get our zzz’s.

No matter which pillow type is your favorite, make sure that you know what you are laying your head on. Look for certifications from independent, outside sources so that you can rest assured that you aren’t breathing in toxic chemicals. Also, be aware that some stuffings are more flammable than others, so always read the labels and know exactly what you are purchasing.

What’s your favorite pillow type? Have you ever tried any other types of pillows?





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