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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Choosing the Right Organic Pillow

How can changing your pillow change the quality of your sleep and improve your ability to get through your day? Recent studies have shown that most Americans aren't getting enough sleep, leading to BILLIONS of dollars lost in productivity and an increased rate of work-related mortality.

How can changing your pillow change the quality of your sleep?

By making your bed as comfortable as possible, providing the proper support and ventilation, you can get deeper, longer lasting sleep. Fewer interruptions to your sleep cycle allow your body to regenerate as you sleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

Allergy sufferers can also benefit from choosing the right materials in their bedding, as many pillows and mattress materials can collect and trap allergens.

So what is an organic pillow, and why should you make the switch?

Organic pillows are made from 100% natural fibers, with varying degrees of processing. The most common kinds are made of natural rubber latex, organic cotton, buckwheat, bamboo, and wool. Using organic materials prevents you from coming into contact with unwanted chemicals during your sleep. It's also eco-friendly.
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Which organic pillow material should you choose?

Choosing the right pillow always comes down to two issues; support and ventilation. A thin or malleable pillow will leave you feeling frustrated and aching after spending the night trying to fluff or stack pillows to get the right support. A pillow that traps heat and insulates your head might feel wonderful in the winter, but will be a torture in the summer.

Bamboo

Bamboo pillows are both eco-friendly and comfortable. There are a great number of reasons why you should feel good about buying an organic bamboo pillow. Bamboo is a sustainable crop that grows without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It grows quickly, like many kinds of grasses, and is a durable and versatile material. Bamboo is also a thermo-regulator, keeping an even heat exchange. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, keeping dust mites away from your skin as you sleep.
While a great number of pillows claim to be hypoallergenic, it's important to note that there is no nationally recognized standard for the label. If you have allergies you should check the materials in your pillows for possible allergens and wash your pillows often. Be sure to dry them thoroughly to avoid unpleasant smells and the growth of fungus.

You have a large number of choices when it comes to choosing organic pillows. Wool and buckwheat pillows have long been the standard for natural, organic bedding. While the bamboo pillows are relatively new to western markets, it is safe to say they are an important addition for those seeking to improve their sleep and live a healthier lifestyle.

Natural rubber latex

If you are used to a contoured memory foam pillow, then this might be the best choice for you. Unlike memory foam, natural latex moves with you as you shift position. Like any rubber or latex item, there isn't much ventilation but dust mites and other allergens don't accumulate either. Natural rubber latex pillows have proven to be twice as durable as their memory foam and synthetic rubber counterparts.

Wool and Buckwheat

If you like the feel of soft down pillows then wool might be an excellent substitute for you. The soft balls of wool act just like down feathers, providing the same light feeling and heat exchange. If you need more support, buckwheat can be added to give the pillow a firm core. The tiny hulls of buckwheat are wrapped in a wool casing for comfort. Wool pillows have also proven to be naturally flame resistant and repel dust mites.

Cotton

Be sure that you are buying an organic cotton pillow. Like apples, cotton is sprayed with more pesticides and chemical fertilizers than almost any other crop. If the objective is a sleep space free of harmful toxins, making sure your cotton pillows and sheets are organic is a must. Cotton pillows feel like cushions, with the firmness of the pillow depending on the stuffing.

PLA

Polylactide is a form of polyester made from plant matter instead of petroleum. It has all of the benefits of a polyester filling, without the troubling issues of petroleum based products. The pillows are often encased in organic cotton, however you will need to make sure you check the label before purchasing.

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