Most of us don’t think too much about pillows. We tend to take these everyday household furnishings for granted, every night of every day of our lives. We rarely replace them, look for sales when we do, and then simply think about which size would be right for our beds. For most of us, getting fancy might mean buying a down pillow, or one with a hypoallergenic down-like fill.
However, we spend a huge percentage of our lives in bed—and hopefully, asleep. Pillows can affect our quality of sleep profoundly—for better or worse.
Here are some interesting, little-known options that exist for those seeking quality sleep and relaxation.
- Mediflow® Chiroflow Waterbase™ Pillow
28" x 20"
The therapeutic cervical two-sided pillow has two chambers. One side of the pillow is fiber-filled or down-filled, the other side features a fillable water bladder. The bladder can be filled with enough tap water to provide personalized support—soft, medium, or firm. Provides comfort and support for the head and neck. Instantly adjusts to changes in sleeping position. Reduces neck pain, relieves associated headaches, and improves quality of sleep. Thermal insulator fully encases the water layer to prevent body heat from being drawn from the head, neck, and shoulders. Super-soft, hypoallergenic DuPont polyester fiber top layer. In a clinical study conducted at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, doctors found that the Mediflow Waterbase® pillow ranked best in all aspects of quality of sleep tested, including how fast subjects fell asleep, how few times they woke up, and overall quality of sleep. Two-year warranty.
- Invacare® Memory Foam Pillow
20" x 12" x 4"h
Anatomically correct shape provides support and relieves upper back stiffness, soreness, and tension. High-density memory foam uses body heat to mold to user’s shape and eliminates pressure. Antibacterial, antifungal, and dust mite resistant. Machine washable, replaceable cover. Ivory.
- Hudson Medical Jackson Pillow
17" long, 7" in diameter
Designed with firm polyester fiber at each end of the pillow to position the head and neck, with softer support in the middle for comfort. Reduces head, neck, shoulder, and back discomfort. Correctly aligns the spine, keeping the upper body and back muscles relaxed and free from tension. Supports the neck and cradles the head, keeping the airway open and free from obstruction.
- Hudson Medical Snore-No-More® Pillow
Fits standard pillowcase
Designed by a doctor to reduce snoring and promote deeper, more restful sleep. Improves breathing by keeping the chin away from the chest, the jaw forward and the airway open. Supports and positions the head and neck to improve alignment, whether sleeping on the side, back, or stomach. Made of hypoallergenic premium foam; will not harbor mildew.
- Hudson Medical Multi-Core® Therapeutic Support Pillow
Fits standard pillowcase
Anatomically designed with a recessed core to support head, neck, and shoulders, relieving pain. Constructed with a unique patented process of blended, soft, slickened polyester fiber for comfort and 100 percent premium quality foam for optimum support.
- Hermell Softeze™ Allergy-Free Orthopedic Pillow
This uniquely contoured orthopedic pillow has a raised outer edge and a concave center to properly support your head and neck whether you sleep on your side or back. Designed to fit a standard pillowcase or can be used with the Allergy-Free Pillow Protector.
- Hermell Softeze™ Body Pillow
52" x 16"
This full-length body pillow is ideal for use during pregnancy and for those who suffer from chronic neck and back pain. It fits the body’s contours, providing comfortable support. Machine washable cover.
- Hermell Softeze™ Butterfly Pillow
22" x 18", butterfly shape
The special hourglass shape of this pillow provides the head and neck support necessary for a good night’s sleep. Helps ease muscle and nerve tension. Relieves stiff neck, back and shoulder pain, and morning headache. Filled with 100 percent soft polyester fibers. Machine washable white cover included.
Roloke Wal-Pil-O® The Best Rest Neck Pillow
25" x 15" x 4"h
A “4-in-1” anatomical design helps relieve discomfort from tension headaches and arthritic disorders of the neck while reducing nocturnal and early morning pain. Properly supports and aligns the head and neck while lying on the back or side. Full-size, rectangular, therapeutic pillow fits standard pillowcase.
And for travel …
- Invacare® Memory Foam Neck Pillow
Travel pillow features a unique visco-elastic foam which continuously self adjusts to the user’s body shape, weight, and temperature for the utmost in comfort. “U” shape gently cradles head for maximum support. Zippered linen/terry cloth cover is easily removed for machine washing. Navy blue.
- eGeneral Medical Travel Pillow Doctor Micro-bead Easy Neck + Shoulder Pillow
Micro-bead travel neck pillow is designed to help relieve pressure and prevent soreness while traveling; 85 percent nylon, 15 prercent spandex outer fabric, EPS (expanded polystyrene) micro-bead fill, and 200 gram high-denier fabric; complete satiny feel.
Illustration courtesy of Mediflow.com