Since its introduction to the public in the 1980’s, memory foam has taken the world by storm. Initially designed by NASA for aeroplane seats, the material is now used widely in a range of industries. It’s most commonly used in the sleep industry – including mattresses, toppers and of course, memory foam pillows.
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Memory foam is made from a viscoelastic material. Put simply, this means the foam will respond to changes in pressure then return to its original state when not in use. The material consists of polyurethane and other chemicals which allow it to respond to increased temperatures – for example, body heat.
When a pressure point is applied, the memory-foam will react accordingly. This makes it perfect for providing each and every person with the right level of comfort and support throughout the night.
The foam responds to how you choose to sleep, instead of forcing you to adjust. That makes memory foam an incredible material for not just mattresses but pillows too – especially if you often wake up with a sore neck or toss and turn while trying to nod off.
Similar to mattresses, memory foam pillows are loved all around the world for their superior comfort. Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to a healthy lifestyle – a good night’s rest makes for a good day’s work. Because they respond to your body shape during sleep, they prevent tossing and turning. Ultimately, this helps prevent unnecessary waking throughout the night.
However, there’s more to a memory foam pillow than helping you get more sleep. Because of the way they respond to the body, they also provide a number of other benefits, including:
As mentioned, all memory foam pillows have incredible advantages over traditional pillows. However, there are some which are designed with specific purposes in mind – whether that’s for a specific sleep style or to help alleviate neck pain. Some of the best memory foam pillows include:
Memory foam pillows are hypo-allergenic. They do not absorb irritants and are therefore one of the healthiest pillow choices available. Providing you use a cover, your memory foam pillow will not need washing. However, if you are adamant that your pillow undergoes a clean every now and again, there are a couple of things you can do.
Firstly, because memory foam pillows respond to heat, they aren’t suitable for machine-washing. Instead, they come with machine-washable covers. These are removable and should be washed at a maximum of 40°C.
If you’re adamant about washing your memory foam pillow, you can run the pillow under warm water until it runs clear. It’s important to allow the pillow to dry off quickly. As such, we recommend only washing your pillow when the weather is appropriate. Do not put it in the dryer. Instead, it’s best to hang it on the line and allow it to dry naturally.
If you have any further questions about why you should choose a memory foam pillow, speak to one of our sleep experts now on 0800 652 5090.