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Memory Foam Pillows
Memory Foam Pillows
For thousands of years, pillows have been an enduring part of cultures from all around the world - and have throughout time been filled with everything from cotton to down, synthetic fibers, barley husks and much more. But it took until the late 20th Century for the most significant advancements in pillow technology to be made. Originally a game changer in the mattress industry, viscoelastic memory foam is a uniquely conforming material that, when used as pillows, supports the head in ways that were previously unimaginable.
Created for NASA in the 1970's, memory foam works by trapping minuscule air bubbles within a high-density polyurethane structure. These air bubbles react to weight and body heat - contracting or expanding on the fly - and are the basis for the shape-changing, conforming quality of the material. We have seen in mattresses how memory foam takes the shape of anyone who lies down; in pillows, it beautifully cradles the head and neck, and flawlessly relieves pressure and stress. There are generally three types of memory foam pillows - one that is shaped like traditional pillows, the other in a contoured style that mimics the natural shape of the back of your neck and head, and travel-size pillows.
The benefits of memory foam pillows are undeniable. The enhanced level of support they provide prevents tossing and turning, reduces stress, and takes away the potential for any neck and shoulder pain. Sleepers don't wake up in the middle of the night to change positions or to add pillows, and in turn enjoy a more complete and restful sleep. Durable memory foam pillows also retain their shape for a longer period of time, in comparison to down and synthetic pillows that may become flatter or lumpier because of constant use.
Several companies offer high quality memory foam pillows. The most recognizable is TempurPedic, which pioneered the use of memory foam for sleep purposes. Their Contoured Collection and Filled Collection pillows are ideal companions to TempurPedic mattresses, and they also offer a portable Travel Collection. But competitors such as AngelBeds have quickly come to the forefront, offering products with the same commitment to quality but at a more reasonable price. Their True Form Memory Foam Comfort Pillow is shaped to provide exceptional support, while the Restful Nights Ventilated Memory Foam Pillow takes the form of more traditional pillows.