5 Surprising Benefits of a memory foam pillow that you didn’t know
There have been many who have claimed that once you have tried sleeping on a memory foam pillow, it is hard to sleep on anything else. As a common saying goes: we spend a third of our lives sleeping so what we sleep on should be comfortable.
Comfortable and restful sleep has been shown to improve posture, reduce aches and pain, and leave you revitalized in the morning to improve mood. A large contributing factor to achieving a comfortable sleep is the position you sleep in and of course, the pillow you sleep on. The ergonomic nature of memory foam pillows have helped many attain this by helping with back, neck, and shoulder pain which in turns helps reduce sleep disruptions during the night. Since this can be pretty common knowledge, we thought it would be interesting to look into more less well known benefits that sleeping on a memory foam pillow can provide.
Memory Foam Pillows Encourage Side Sleeping
If you are one who likes to sleep on their stomach or back, this might be dilemma for you. Sleeping on the front or back with a memory foam pillow can cause the neck to become slightly elevated and can lead to neck ache. Many people have trouble sleeping on their side to begin with since traditional pillows leave side sleepers uncomfortable due to the lack of head and neck support.
It has been proven that there are multiple benefits to sleeping on your side, especially the left side. Studies have shown that side sleeping can help protect the spine and neck from long-term discomfort as well as help with the reduction in symptoms of sleep apnea. Side sleeping has also been shown to help with heartburn and improve blood circulation!
2. Stops Tossing and Turning
Memory foam pillows are by nature much heavier and firmer than traditional pillows and are much harder to move around, especially if you are sleeping on your side. Since it is standard to use only one memory foam pillow, you won’t have to worry about waking up and rearranging multiple pillows in the middle of the night. Moreover, since they relieve pressure on your head and shoulders, you are less likely to randomly wake up due to discomfort
3. Helps with Snoring
According to SleepEducation, approximately 40% of men and 24% of women are habitual snorers. This can be a big issue for your significant other during the night and can be a factor in sleep disruption for yourself.
Snoring can be the result of many things such as allergies but the leading cause is normally sleeping on your back. In this sleep position, the tongue slips into the back of the throat and partially prevents air flow. A memory foam pillow can help with this by providing enough support and head to spine alignment to allow the chin to remain high enough to provide adequate air flow. As we mentioned earlier, switching to a side sleeping position can be on of the solutions to this issue.
4. Hygienic and Hypoallergenic Properties
Memory foam is chemically made synthetic material developed for NASA to provide safe and hygienic sleeping conditions in shuttles. Memory foam, otherwise known as viscoelastic foam, is naturally hypoallergenic and prevents the growth of mold, bacteria and dust mites. This can be great for people who suffer from allergies and snoring.
5. Helps Improve Everyday Posture
It is fairly common knowledge nowadays that memory foam pillows help with spinal alignment. However did you know that proper spinal alignment can also help improve your posture?
When the spine is aligned and the chin is adequately elevated, this allows the shoulder blades to move away from the neck and towards the feet. This helps prevent your shoulders from becoming tight by relieving tension which is a common symptom of poor posture and hunched shoulders.
Memory foam pillows also provide enough loft and support to provide optimal neck elevation for a healthy spinal alignment. A healthy spinal alignment strengthens the back to also improve posture.