One-third of a person’s life is accompanied by pillows, spent in sleep, pillows have a vital impact on people’s lives. Especially for modern professional women, having a comfortable beauty sleep while sleeping is incomparable to any skin care and health care products. If you choose a pillow that is not suitable for you, not only can you not guarantee the quality of your sleep, it will also seriously affect your health, especially for women. Let’s take a look at how to choose a suitable pillow.
Classification of pillows
There are many different types of pillows. The ancients once divided pillows into winter pillows, summer pillows or soft pillows and hard pillows. This classification is very in line with the health regimen. They like to use cool pillows in summer and warm pillows in winter. Some people like them. Harder pillows, and some people like softer pillows.
From the pillow core materials, there are more classifications: stone pillows such as jade and magnet; wood pillows such as sandalwood and cypress; traditional Chinese medicine pillows such as cassia, silkworm sand and chrysanthemum; cotton, velvet and various chemical fiber pillows, etc. Soft pillows, as well as pillows such as water pillows, air pillows, and tea pillows, are all loved by people in different times and with different characteristics, and their performance and practicality also have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Maintaining the normal physiological state of the cervical spine while sleeping can make the neck skin, muscles, ligaments, intervertebral joints and the trachea, esophagus and nerves that pass through the neck relax and rest together with the whole body. When it comes to the causes of cervical spondylosis, many people think of the adverse effects of long-term desk work on the cervical spine. Few people notice the impact of pillows while sleeping. Pillows that are too high or too low will have an adverse effect on the cervical spine. Not only that, but people who are used to lying flat or on their sides have different requirements for the height of the pillow.
If we use a pillow that is too high while sleeping, it is equivalent to being forced to lower our head, head to the left or head to the right during the entire sleep time, which is equivalent to adding a heavy burden to the neck in addition to work during the day. : If you work at the desk for 8 hours during the day, and then “bow your head” to sleep for 8 hours at night, it is equivalent to “work” with your head down for 16 hours a day, and it is easy to cause cervical spondylosis.
Similarly, a pillow that is too low or even does not use a pillow will make people keep their heads up, head to the left or to the right for a long time during sleep. For people who are accustomed to working with their heads down, sleeping with their heads up may give people a time. It feels very comfortable. However, if this continues, the neck ligaments will be tight for a long time, and strain will occur, which is detrimental to the health of the cervical spine.
The general understanding is that people who are accustomed to lying on their backs have a high pillow, and those who are used to sleeping on their sides are more appropriate. However, according to medical surveys, healthy people change their positions about 20 to 45 times during 8 hours of sleep and half of them change their positions in less than 5 minutes. Among them, 60% are supine, 35% are side-lying, and 5% are prone. Therefore, the height of the pillow varies from person to person, and is related to fatness, shoulder width, and neck length. There is no certain standard. However, because the average person spends more time in the supine position for sleep, it is recommended to use a punch with a little more than a punch, not a punch and a half.
For the same bedding, people usually pay attention to cleaning and drying bedding, pillow towels, and pillowcases, but rarely “invite” pillows outside the house to ventilate and dry. As everyone knows, every night when sleeping, the pillow is the “main throat” through which the dirty breath in the bedding passes. In addition, when people sleep, the exhaled impure gas infiltrates in a large amount, becoming a “dirty, messy” “dirty” place.
Relying only on cleaning the outside pillow towels and pillowcases is only “a temporary cure but not a permanent cure”, but the filthy smell in the pillow core cannot be removed, so pillows have become a sanitary blind spot in modern families. In particular, it should be noted that if it is a hygienic blind area of the respiratory tract, digestion or head skin. It also contaminates the pillow core with bacteria and viruses, which may cause cross-infection between husband and wife or children.
Therefore, pillows should be aired and disinfected frequently to maintain hygiene. In addition to drying more pillows, pillow cores should be replaced frequently in families with conditions. According to medical experts’ recommendations, pillow cores should be replaced at least once every two years and aired once a week.
Choose pillow to see sleeping position
Choose the right pillow to sleep comfortably. Most people have a habitual sleeping position. Different sleeping positions require different pillow choices.
From your habitual sleeping position, what pillow do you fit?
- A. Sleep on your back
Sleeping posture analysis: sleeping on your back can provide the best support for the spine.
Sleep reminder: Just sleep on your back with a high pillow.
Sleep recommendation: fiber pillow OR down pillow
Analysis of down pillows: Compared with fluffy silk kapok pillows, although traditional pillows are a bit harder, the pure natural material makes people feel more at ease!
Recommendation index: ★★★★
- B. Side sleep
Sleeping position analysis: the neck should maintain a neutral position when sleeping on the side.
Sleep reminder: Sleep on the side with a high pillow or a super high pillow.
Sleep recommendation: memory pillow
Memory pillow analysis: It rebounds very slowly and can sense the body temperature and weight of the human body; all parts of the body are supported.
Recommendation index: ★★★★★
- C. Sleep on your stomach or change sleeping position frequently
Sleeping posture analysis: prone sleeping is an incorrect sleeping posture, which will increase the curvature of the lumbar spine.
Sleep reminder: Sleep on your back with a low pillow; constantly change your sleeping position to a high pillow.
Sleep recommendation: synthetic fiber pillow
Synthetic fiber pillow analysis: the four-hole pillow and seven-hole pillow we are talking about belong to this category. Generally, the more holes, the better the air permeability!
Recommendation index: ★★★
The basic method of cleaning and curing pillows
Even if you choose a comfortable pillow that is very suitable for your physical condition and sleeping habits, if you use improper methods in the daily washing and maintenance process, it will cause the pillow to deform, make it difficult to sleep comfortably, and greatly shorten the life of the pillow.
Never wash pillowcases often without washing pillows:
Some people wash pillowcases regularly, but never wash the pillows. Because many people think that the pillowcase is enough to protect the pillow, as long as the pillowcase is cleaned regularly, the pillow can be kept clean and hygienic. In fact, it is not the case. When we sleep, the saliva and sweat secreted by us will penetrate into the pillow, breed bacteria, cause allergies and diseases, so we have to wash the pillow every 3 to 6 months.
The correct way to wash pillows by hand
- Use mild detergent for washing.
- Put the pillow into the washing powder solution, and keep squeezing the pillow with your hands until it is clean. The excess washing liquid must be squeezed out.
- Run water until the pillow is rinsed, and finally squeeze the excess water dry.
- Lay the pillow flat to dry, it will be softer and fluffy.
What should I pay attention to when washing pillows?
- Use mild detergent for washing.
- Use a large washing machine to wash two pillows at the same time. If only one can be accommodated, it is best to add a towel to wash together to equalize the water flow.
- If dried, the pillow will be easier to restore the original elasticity and become softer and fluffy.
Note: Tea pillows and tea cores should not be cleaned. They only need to be dried once every or two weeks.