What is the Best Bamboo Pillow: The Best Place to Lay Your Head
Don’t even bother saying it! You can’t remember the last time you woke up without a grinding crick in your neck. You’re tired of looking at the world cock-eyed because you can’t turn your head. Besides that, your shoulders feel bunched and hunched and your back isn’t doing well either!
You knew there must be more to a night’s sleep than what you’re getting, and something told you to investigate pillows. You listened to that small, still voice and you went – where else – to the Internet, where you found your way to the world of bamboo pillows.
A pillow has only one role and that is to function as one of the two tools designed to promote sound, restful, rejuvenating sleep. The pillow’s partner, of course, is a quality mattress.
I know from personal, and painful, experience that the symbiotic relationship between a pillow and a mattress is a critical element when it comes to a person’s overall physical and mental health.
The most expensive, custom designed mattress in the world is useless without the right pillow. And, of course, vice-versa.
There are some excellent pillows on the market but before we review five of the top names, let’s take a look at some of the reasons for the search.
Poor Sleep Quality
Being deprived of valuable sleep night after night, as I was for more than six months, can literally change someone’s personality – for the worse.
That’s not being overly dramatic.
Even facial expressions change. No joke.
Frown lines pop up in areas that were once marked by pleasant smiles. It’s darn hard to smile when your entire body, to at least some degree, hurts.
That pain also lays the foundation for posture changes. Shoulders hunch. Neck muscle stay tense. Slouching seems to relieve the discomfort, so slouching it is.
Grouchy. Crabby. Constant brain fog.
The Search Begins
Everyone has that “point of no return, I’ve had enough” moment.
It sometimes jumps out with little warning, but it doesn’t matter how it arrives because regardless of the where and the how, it’s that “A-ha” second when you know things MUST change.
For me, it was the flashing lightbulb that sent me to the Internet.
I just typed two basic words – bed pillows – and a whole new world opened up.
I read a fair share of the technical stuff about pillows, simply because I thought it might give me some helpful insight. I found some pretty surprising information.
Know how, in the middle of the night, you sometimes flip over your pillow, so you can enjoy the cooler side? There’s a reason for that.
Scientific research positively identified one of the most critical characteristics of a pillow is the ability to effectively lower the temperature of the head as well as the core (body).
This is important because the temperature reduction promotes a deeper sleep, after falling asleep more easily. Additionally, the heart rate slows, and sweating is decreased and/or possibly eliminated. This means you need to be aware of the kind of fabric used on the pillow.
Obviously, trying to fall asleep while muscles are tense is pointless. You may as well get up and grab a book or a broom.
Those muscles will not relax (actually, they cannot relax) if the pillow does not support the cervical spine in in the proper position.
Admittedly, a bamboo pillow sounds just a little weird.
Say the word “bamboo” and most of us think of that tall, green, cane-like vegetation that’s hacked through with a machete in jungle movies. These days, though, bamboo stands tall and proud as an environment-friendly product used in furniture, flooring, fabrics, clothes, pillows and more.
Bamboo pillows offer a number of positive qualities:
- Soft, fluffy feeling that promotes calming
- Natural barrier against microbes and dust mites
- Temperature-regulating effect
- Absorbs sweat evenly, adding to the temperature control
- Reduces snoring
- Reduces insomnia and, conversely, promotes sleep
- Ideal for asthma sufferers
- Reduces and/or eliminates neck and shoulder pain
- Reduces occurrence of migraines
All the above points are actually research-supported facts about bamboo. In the case of bamboo bed pillows, that same research confirms that bamboo pillows function according to everything listed.
- The inherent comfort of a bamboo pillow promotes quick, lasting, sound, restful sleep.
- Increased energy
- Stronger immune system
- Lower stress levels
- Lower possibilities of depression
- Improved memory
- Improved decision-making capabilities
- Sharper attention
- Decrease in feelings of anxiousness
The Top Bamboo Choices
The next step is to review the top market products and decide.
The Simply Sova Memory Foam pillow belongs in the Cadillac class.
It’s made of premium shredded foam and is beneficial for sleepers who experience neck and shoulder pain.
The focus of the overall design is to align the neck, spine and upper body for cervical support.
This means snoring, back and shoulder pain are alleviated, and there is no depleted energy the next day.
What puts the Simply Sova pillow in a class of its own is its easily adjustable loft.
One Simply Sova pillow satisfies a variety of needs. The secret is to unzip the L-shaped zipper and remove a few internal layers (or add some back in) until you have exactly what you want.
It’s like having Goldilocks’ “just right” all the time.
It also comes with alternative down filling, which means it’s totally customizable when, where and how you want it.
A polyester cover aids in regulating head and core temperature throughout the night.
- Dual shredded foam inner layers (removable)
- Adjustable height
- Removable cover
- Padded outer cover
- Machine washable
- Hypoallergenic, breathable, dust mite resistant
- Heavy (5 lbs. for queen size)
- Can be very firm for some people
This pillow is manufactured in the U.S. and comes with an impressive 20-year warranty stating the pillow will never go flat, even after extensive use.
The design of the Snuggle-Pedic, as the name implies, provides orthopedic support for back, side and stomach sleepers. It uses a proprietary foam mix, specially formulated to conform to the sleeper’s neck and head while adjusting to various sleeping positions.
One of the headline features of this pillow is the advanced breathability factor. Air circulates through the actual pillow, keeping even sweaty sleepers cooler on a summer night.
The Snuggle-Pedic’s cover and liner are removable for adding or subtracting foam and the company offers extra foam if needed and will even customize the blend.
- Supportive and pain-reducing
- Durable, 20-year warranty
- Removable, washable cover
- Loses shape too quickly
- Hard rather than fluffy
- Retains heat
This is another luxury design bamboo pillow that is filled with 100% memory foam. The cover is 40% bamboo.
The pillow is soft and sensitive to the skin, and the thickness can be adjusted by adding or removing stuffing. This allows the pillow to mold itself more perfectly to the size, shape and contours of the sleeper’s head.
The high-quality memory foam in the pillow can be squished and moved around until it feels right. The pillow is firm enough to lift the head but still flexible.
Improved air ventilation keeps the pillow cool on both sides for the entire night.
- Reasonably priced
- Too hard/firm
- Too stiff
This is described as a “neck molding contour pillow.”
Some people may view this particular pillow as a bit odd since it’s a square, flat design with “humps!” (They are also referred to as bumps or rolls.) There is one small hump and one large hump. Which one you choose to rest your head on is strictly a personal decision.
The height of the largest roll is approximately four inches, which gives you a good idea of the overall, compact design.
The objective of the Cervical Contour pillow is to provide neck support exactly where it’s needed. The high-quality memory foam used in the pillow is intended to mold to the contours of the head and neck during sleep, but then return to its original shape as soon as your head leaves the pillow’s surface.
- Holds head and neck at a good angle
- Does not cave in
- Does not lose shape
- Softer than expected
- Made in China
100% memory foal fills the Clara Clark bamboo pillow. Uppermost in the pillow’s design is a comfortable, refreshing night’s sleep whether you rest on your side, back or stomach.
The goal of the design is to promote natural muscle relaxation through supported body alignment. Subsequently, damaging pressure points that give rise to neck strain, shoulder aches and tension headaches are reduced.
The pillow is soft and plush, with a super-soft cover and effective airflow to keep head and body temperature cool.
- Molds well to head
- Great shipping time
- Super soft
- Flattens quickly
- Doesn’t cool
- Not fluffy
All five pillows reviewed are quality products. And, while all five do what bamboo pillows are supposed to do, it’s the Simply Sova pillow that seems to do it best.
The average person spends a bit more than one-third of his/her life sleeping. That means we need to be doing it with the right partner!
The dual microfiber inner layers of the Simply Sova pillow are put together for the easiest customization. While other pillows offer this feature, the Simply Sova pillow does it with one quick unzip. The L-shaped zipper allows more room than the other designs, giving more space for your hands to fiber-dive.
Another significant plus is the alternative down filling. The Simply Sova pillow goes the extra mile to provide useful, effective versatility for individual sleep needs.
Few people realize the critical importance of choosing the right pillow and even fewer realize the broad range of choices. It’s mind-boggling to think a pillow – just a pillow – has such far-reaching influence on the quality of our lives. They contribute to heart health, to stress levels, to reduction of inflammation, to memory, alertness, and even weight loss or gain, risk of depression, fluctuation of appetite hormones, concentration and productivity and much, much more.
So, stop and think the next time you say “Good night” to someone, because a good night is what all of us must have to live our best and healthiest lives.