Full and healthy sleep is a guarantee of good health, high spirits and cheerfulness in the coming day. We spend most of our lives in the arms of Morpheus.
In order not to wake up with a foggy head and neck and back pain, you should buy a good pillow. You should choose it taking into account your individual preferences. The most important thing to pay attention to is the filling. In our article we will tell you why you can fill a couch cushion and how to choose it correctly.
Choosing the cushion correctly
As we have already noticed, the choice of a cushion is an individual matter for everyone. It is not recommended to buy the same products for all household members. And this is because some people prefer to sleep on a hard pillow, and someone likes a softer pillow. The product, which is chosen according to individual needs, will promote deep sleep and a good rest.
The pillow should be changed every two years. In case it has a feather filling, it is recommended to change it every six months.
When you sleep, try to have not only your head but also your neck on the product. If you wake up with a pain in the neck, it means that the pillow is too high, and if you constantly put your hand under your head or under the product itself, it is too low.
When buying a pillow you should pay attention to the following details:
Pay attention to what kind of mattress you have. If it is soft, the pillow should be higher, and if it is hard, lower.
These products come in a variety of shapes: from classic rectangular to the intricate rhombic. Keep in mind what you need a pillow for. If it is only for sleeping it is better to choose a classical or oblong form, because such models will provide a good support for the cervical vertebrae. You can also choose an orthopedic model.
When choosing a product pay attention to its tailoring. The seam should be strong, because the durability of the pillow depends on it. The material should not have any small holes, because the filler can come out through them.
Size and height.
It is not necessary to pay special attention to the size, choose the one that is comfortable for you. The desired height of the pillow can be determined by measuring the width of your shoulder.
Stiffness. The stiffness of the product is chosen depending on the position you like to sleep in. For those who prefer to sleep on their side, it is better to choose a rigid pillow, for those who like to rest on their back – of medium rigidity, and for those who sleep on their stomach – a soft one.
The softness and firmness of the product depends on the filler. The main purpose should be to ensure the correct position of the spine, as well as to promote relaxation of the neck and back muscles. Therefore, the choice of the filler must occupy a fundamental place. They come in two kinds – natural and synthetic. Natural ones are usually more expensive, some of them may cause allergies and require special care, and synthetic ones are not in great demand because of their artificiality.
Down and feather
Hygienic down fillings have been used since antiquity. Duck and goose down are distinguished by their special comfort, because they have good air flow and regulate heat exchange. Down pillow provides a comfortable sleep and rest for the whole body.
The stiffness of the product depends on the ratio of feathers and down in it. The more down, the softer the pillow will be, and also the more expensive.
In today’s market you can find many different options: from cheaper to expensive three-chamber. Three-chamber variants are distinguished by the fact that their middle is filled with the ends of feathers, which makes the product elastic, and two outer chambers – with down, which provides it softness.
Almost all products with this filling can be washed in a washing machine. You can add a few tennis balls to the drum – this will save volume.
The disadvantages of this filler can include:
- You need to do regular drying and chemical cleaning once a year;
- Within 5 years, the feather will degrade, which makes it short-lived;
- Сan cause allergic reactions, because down and feather create favorable conditions for the appearance of mites and the development of various fungi. If there are mites in the pillow, it is almost impossible to destroy them, because washing and drying can remove the adults, but their eggs can survive.
Sheep and camel wool
This filling has a favorable effect on human health. It is good air permeable, does not accumulate moisture, does not collect dust. Wool conducts heat well, so this pillow is warm to sleep on in winter and not hot in summer.
Wool has long been used to treat pain in the muscles and joints, as well as rheumatism. Quality wool does not caking and can last a long time.
The minuses of this filler are:
Low-quality wool quickly sheds off and is very difficult to restore;
Allergy sufferers and asthmatics should exercise caution when using this filling;
dry cleaning is necessary, as washing machines are forbidden.
If you sweat a lot, this filler is just right for you. Horsehair absorbs and expels moisture well, so even if there is a scorching sun outside, your head will still be dry. The pillow with such a filler is elastic and rigid. It is recommended for people who are overweight, as well as for those who prefer rigid options.
When making such a pillow, its central part is filled with horsehair, while the outer chamber is filled with camel or sheep thigh wool.
The disadvantages of such a filler are:
Cleaning should only be done chemically;
Can cause an allergic reaction.
This material combines rigidity and softness. It is often used as a filler for orthopedic pillows, as it has bactericidal properties and is able to follow the contours of the head and neck, preserving its shape.
For the manufacture of natural latex is used foam rubber, which is the resin of the tree Hevea, which grows in the tropics.
The main advantage of this filler can be called its durability. The pillow will keep all its properties for twenty years. The modern market offers a hybrid filler, which is a mixture of latex, which becomes its base, and down or wool, occupying the upper shell.
The positive features include the fact that the pillow with this filler massages the skin, taking the shape of the head and neck. It also helps to improve blood circulation and has a beneficial effect on muscle tone. In addition, it is environmentally friendly, but only if the manufacturers have made chemical dressing, so that there are no insects breeding there. The amount of chemicals must not exceed the norm.
The disadvantages are that such a pillow needs an adaptation period, because you need to get used to its rigidity and rustling. For such a product is mandatory special care, which consists of chemical cleaning, airing, drying and disinfection. Also to the negative features can be attributed the fact that the lifetime is three years, after which the husk will turn into dust.
Synthetic fillings are preferred because of their lower price, ease of care (many of them can be washed in the washing machine) and quality that is not inferior to natural fillings.
Most synthetic materials do not cause allergic reactions. Such pillows transfer warmth well, have ventilating properties and soft, breathable fibers.
The most common of the synthetic fillers. It does not absorb odors, has a long service life (up to 10 years). This filler is easy to care for and restores its shape well. Syntepon cushions can be used by people prone to allergies.
This material is an excellent substitute for feathers and down. Hollofiber is 100% polyester, which is impregnated with silicone. It is often used as a filler for orthopedic pillows, mixed with sheep’s wool. This filler insulates heat well, does not absorb odors and does not retain moisture. It is also approved for use by people with allergies, non-toxic and non-flammable.
Pillows with hollofiber can be washed.
This filling is a synthetic fluffy balls. It is in considerable demand due to its hypoallergenicity, breathability and small price. It can be washed in a washing machine, as it easily restores its shape.
Materials with memory effect
Such materials are capable of adapting to the shape of the body. They are made of natural latex or polyurethane. Filling with the memory effect can be hard and soft. The disadvantages include the fact that these materials can not be washed and they are expensive.
Now you know what are the fillings of sofa cushions.