Memory foam is a polyurethane that can mold when pressure or heat is applied to it. The material easily changes its shape but just as easily regains it. There are products that use memory foam as a fill, products that include car seats, pillows, and mattresses.
Let’s look at memory foam pillows in detail.
Why choose a memory foam pillow?
When choosing a pillow, it is important to find one that:
- Provides good support to the neck
- Helps to maintain good spinal alignment
And you obviously want something that sticks with you for a long amount of time.
These are the precise reasons why you should go for a memory foam pillow. Pillows with this material as a fill come in the following forms:
- Solid memory foam pillow
- Shredded memory foam pillow
- Memory foam pillows with cooling gel
- Cervical pillows
But why exactly is memory foam the perfect pillow fill?
You’ll get the answer to that by reading the benefits of memory foam provided below:
1. Supports the neck
Memory foam supports your neck properly. In fact, it cradles your neck and makes sure that the joints don’t experience any kind of pressure.
And it does this because of its unique ability to mold.
As soon as you rest your head and neck on the pillow, memory foam uses the pressure and the heat from your body to change its shape and form a support structure around your neck.
If you want to prevent neck pain and stiffness, then go for a memory foam pillow.
2. Maintains Spine Alignment
Our spine has a natural curvature. If this curvature isn’t maintained, the joints and disks in the spine experience severe wear and tear.
Apart from posture issues, this can happen because of the wrong pillow type or size.
Memory foam helps in maintaining spinal alignment by succumbing to the pressure applied by your head and neck.
3. Very Durable
You no longer have to replace your pillow every year. Instead, you can rely on a memory foam pillow for at least 5 years.
As a very dense material, memory foam prevents the buildup of dust and dust mites. Further, it isn’t a biodegradable material.
Another common problem with traditional pillows made with materials such as down, cotton, and feather is that they flatten out over time because of repeated use.
Memory foam, on the other hand, retains its original shape all through its life span, preventing the pillow from flattening out overtime.
So pillows with a memory foam fill generally last for more than 5 years.
4. Great for sensitive skin
Dust and dust mites can cause serious allergies in people with sensitive skin. Most pillows fill abet dust and dust mite buildup, causing allergies.
But this isn’t the case with memory foam, which is naturally hypoallergenic. And because of its dense nature, it prevents buildup of dust and dust mites.
To further enhance the hypoallergenic property of memory foam, you should purchase a hypoallergenic pillow protector made with materials such as bamboo derived rayon fabric.
What are shredded memory foam pillows?
While solid memory foam pillows contain a complete solid block of the fill at their core, shredded memory foam pillows contain a core of shredded form.
Here’s the additional benefits offered by shredded memory foam:
1. Customizable experience
When selecting a pillow, you have to try different sizes and materials. Firmness of the pillow depends on the material; whereas, the loft depends on size.
However, shredded memory foam pillows enable you to bypass this try and error method.
Because they contain shredded memory foam, you can adjust the height and firmness of these pillows. The pillowcase packs all the foam. So when you remove or insert foam into the case, the height and firmness of the pillow alter.
Instead of wasting time and money, select a shredded memory foam pillow to enjoy a customizable experience.
2. Better airflow
Solid memory foam pillows retain body heat and disable the hot air from escaping.
However, this isn’t the case with a shredded memory foam pillow, which has better inner ventilation because of the shredded nature of the foam.
The memory foam still retains body heat to mold, but the hot air escapes the pillow easily, providing a cool and comforting experience all through the night.
What are orthopedic cervical memory foam pillows?
In case you suffer from chronic neck pain, you can rely on orthopedic memory foam pillows to alleviate your symptoms.
Neck pain can have many discrete causes including:
- Muscle injury
- Desk herniation
- Cervical spondylosis
- Nerve impingement or irritation
Despite the nature of the underlying cause, cervical pillows may help in alleviating the pain symptoms by providing better support to the neck.
Butterfly design for better support
Of course, the design of cervical pillows is quite different from the traditional ones.
These pillows come with a butterfly design that features a depression in between the pillow. The depression leads to a protrusion on the edges of the pillow.
So when you rest your head on the pillow, the protruded part bolsters the neck and supports it properly.
What are cooling gel memory foam pillows?By preventing the retention of body heat, cooling gel keeps your pillow cool. Cooling gel pillows generally have a memory foam fill, a material that is notorious for retaining body heat.
If you live in a warm climate or suffer from night sweats, you can rely on cooling gel infused pillows for relief from your symptoms.
Cooling gel pillows are available in different types. Types of cooling gel pillow:
- Solid memory foam pillow with one side infused with cooling gel
- Solid memory foam pillow with both sides infused with cooling gel
- Shredded memory foam pillow with cooling gel
We recommend that you go with the shredded one, as the pillow stays cool on all the sides, and you get the benefit of adjustability.
Which pillow cover to choose for memory foam pillows?Since memory foam pillows are naturally hypoallergenic, it makes sense to select a cover made of hypoallergenic material as well. But you also need something that doesn’t irritate your skin or damage your hair.
And since memory foam retains body heat, you want the cover to be as breathable as possible.
So many criteria yet so few materials. But one fits the bill perfectly - bamboo pillow protector.
Bamboo rayon fabric is naturally hypoallergenic and as soft as skin. So it doesn’t irritate your skin, damage your hair, or cause allergies.
Here are the benefits of a pillow cover made with bamboo rayon fabric:
1. The surface is silky smooth
A silky smooth surface minimizes the friction caused by the fabric. With minimum friction against your skin and hair, you get to enjoy a great beauty sleep.
And it's just not the smoothness of silk that bamboo covers emulate but also its shine that embellishes your bedroom.
2. Moisture free
While synthetic fibers don’t absorb moisture, cotton irritates the skin.Bamboo fabric, however, absorbs moisture yet doesn’t irritate the skin. So you get the best of both worlds.
Moisture absorption is important, as it prevents your pillow from becoming a petri dish for acne causing bacteria.
3. Doesn’t damage the environment
Climate change is a huge problem, so we all need to do our part. The minimum we can do is use biodegradable material, which doesn’t build up in the environment.
Bamboo rayon fabric is one such material that biodegrades naturally.
And since it is derived from bamboo, it doesn’t consume a lot of water.
Instead of going through a long and arduous journey of finding the right pillow material and size, you can rely on memory foam pillows that provide support to your neck and enable you to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Q. Are memory foam pillows washable?
A. Although you can wash the pillow case and cover, don’t throw in the memory foam into your washing machine, as the material automatically disintegrates upon washing. However, you can spot clean the memory foam.
Q. Do these pillows contain odor?
A. The odor of memory foam generally disappears in a day or two. However, the odor does let you know that the pillow has never been used before.
Q. Is latex better than memory foam?
A. No. Latex pillows, though malleable, don’t last as long as memory foam. Further, they don’t prevent the build up of dust mites and dust.
Q. Can people with skin allergies use this pillow?
A. Both memory foam and bamboo fabric are hypoallergenic, so they rarely cause any skin allergies. And selecting the right pillow cover ensures that your skin doesn’t experience irritation.
Q. Are cooling gel pillows hypoallergenic?
A. Yes, they’re hypoallergenic. Further, they keep your skin cool and prevent the buildup of moisture.