For those fortunate enough to be able to fall asleep anywhere, anytime, a pillow is a pillow. It doesn’t matter to them what it’s made out of as long as it’s there, and they can put their head on it and go to sleep.
For the rest of us who aren’t blessed with the power of insta-sleep, a bit more thought has to go into the rest ritual. And perhaps the most important aspect is the pillow we sleep on. But where there used to only be a few types of pillows on the market, all kinds of materials exist now. Taking a look at some of the newest materials may help you address a need you had been unable to solve until now.
Memory foam is one of the most popular bedding materials at the moment, both for pillows and mattresses and toppers. Temperature-sensitive, memory foam warms with your body, and softens and contours under the areas of greatest pressure for a customized sleep, every night. Buckwheat hulls meanwhile, are able to conform in a more manual way, as the small, super-supportive hulls can be moved into place with a little fluffing for a firm rest.
Microbeads are similar to the buckwheat hulls, but offer lighter weight, being typically made from polystyrene pellets, like beanbag chairs. In the same family, but far less common, are plastic pellets or beads that mimic the forming traits of small, solid filling.
Latex foam is also becoming very popular, though it is not to be confused with memory foam. Springy, it is instantly responsive to changes in pressure from the sleeper with a solid form that won’t crumple during the night. Lastly, you may want to give fiberfill pillows a shot if you have allergies. Being hypoallergenic, these fibers won’t harbor irritants. This filling is very affordable, and you can add more to pillows until you get the feel you like.