While it’s true that the key to health and beauty is sleeping the correct amount of hours and having a restful sleep, you should keep in mind that a critical part of achieving this is your pillow. It ensures that you keep our spinal cord straight, that you relax and release tension to relieve the day’s stress and enjoy a restful night’s sleep without interruption.
But, can you believe that while you sleep, your pillow might release toxic gases? You should know that some manufacturers of memory foam pillows use a foaming process that can generate toxic gases, and to save costs they skip the process of tempering, which makes sure the chemicals that are harmful to your health are evaporated away. This very important step makes producing these specialist pillows take longer and also increases their cost.
So, when it comes to buying new pillows, you should be sure to do your research and make sure that the manufacturer is one that puts the health of the consumer first. When choosing a pillow you should keep in mind that it is not so much the shape that matters as much as the material that it is made out of both inside and out.
The best idea is to select a quality, natural pillow that is made from spelt husks, organic cotton, ecological wool, or 100% natural latex or latex granules. Here are some examples to help you make the best choice:
Made with polyurethane foam
Elativ (BestKissen) ($154.70) is a pillow made with polyurethane foam during a special manufacturing process that guarantees the complete absence of chemicals that are harmful to your health. It is breathable, anti-mite, and anti-allergen and machine washable.
It was developed by Austrian chiropractors and its ergonomic design adapts to the neck and back, while also retraining your spine to ensure a night of deep and therapeutic sleep.
Made with latex
The Avocado Green Pillow ($79.00) is completely natural and organic, made with bands of latex rubber foam and kapok fiber, generously filled inside a luxurious cotton thread cover. It offers the necessary support and resistance for all sleeping positions since it easily adapts to the neck and head.
Made of buckwheat
Buckwheat pillows are filled with buckwheat husks and are ideal for air circulation since they are the opposite of the traditional soft pillow. This allows them to keep the head cool, and are perfect for use in warmer climates. Their benefits include providing support to the neck and alignment of the spine, and the thickness is adjustable since they have a zipper that allows you to add or remove the filling. One option is La Cocarde Verte ($29.30).
It is important to replace pillows frequently - In fact, according to sleep.org, pillows should be changed every year or two, since during this time there’s a large amount of grease, dust, and bacteria that can adhere to them.