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In addition to the traditional feather offerings, there are several other styles offered that could be your answer. You’ll find that water and even buckwheat models are being sold as solutions to common ailments related to less than satisfactory pillows, neck pain or allergies. However, there are specific features and benefits found with memory foam that are unlike any of the other choices.
For many years, pillows have been filled with duck and goose feathers that, while soft in the beginning, compress throughout the night, leaving your head to rest on a flatbed of fluff. This lack of support found with down pillows has led some traditional users to experience unsavory health complications. Specifically, for those who mainly sleep on their sides, it’s common to experience stiff necks each morning due to improper alignment of the spine. There are many side sleeper options on the market, and many of them are foam based.
While many traditional offerings can be purchased for a relatively inexpensive price, these are one of the most expensive options found on the market. Some can cost upwards of $100, while other neck support products such as water pillows, land at roughly the midpoint regarding pricing, ranging from $40 to $60. Ultimately, it is at the user’s discretion, the value placed on consistent, comfortable rest.
The most highly recognized benefit of owning a memory foam pillow is its ease of motion transfer resistance. While first receiving recognition using its counterpart, the memory foam mattress, this technology enables the cushion to essentially build a mold around your head for optimal head and neck support. This benefit is also known to lead to a reduction in snoring thanks to foam keeping the neck aligned and air passages open.
The optimal position for the neck during rest is what experts call the “neutral” position. This is when that natural curve of the neck is at the perfect and comfortable angle, so as not to overly bend or compress the joints. For this ideal alignment of the neck to occur, it’s best to find one that is thick enough to allow your head to rest gently and evenly within the “neutral” position.