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Do You Need to Buy a Special Pillow for Pregnancy?

When you’re pregnant, it can be tough to get solid sleep for a number of reasons. One major cause of restlessness: As the baby grows—and as you grow—it may get harder to find a comfortable position at night. Could a specialized pregnancy pillow swoop in and save the day (or rather, night)? The answer: maybe. For stomach-sleepers, the bedtime battles can start as early as the first trimester, when sore breasts can make your usual sleeping position uncomfortable. By the second trimester, if you’re still sleeping on your back, it’s time to shift, since the weight of your expanding midsection can compromise your circulation. And by the third trimester, even if you…

Am I Allergic to my Bed?

Waking up with itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, and repeated sneezing is unpleasant and may even be confusing. What, exactly, is making you feel sick? The down feathers inside your pillow? The type of fabric that your sheets are made of? Something else? It turns out that dust mites are often to blame for much of this morning misery. Bedding, whether it contains feathers or a synthetic material, is a dust mite hot spot. When you breathe into your pillow and sheets each night, that creates a moist environment that allows these microscopic critters to thrive. In fact, your pillow can double in weight in just 18 months due to the buildup of…

Wrinkles from Sleep?

While it’s a known fact that getting a good night’s sleep is key to looking your best, there is still a lot of confusion about whether sleeping with your face on its side can cause wrinkles. That’s probably because there is, unfortunately, limited scientific data on the topic. And research offers conflicting findings. For instance, one small study finds a link, while another doesn’t. The bottom line: Though some dermatologists aren’t convinced, some believe that there is a connection between the way that you sleep and wrinkles. How it happens: When you sleep on your side or stomach, your face is on its side and gets smashed into the pillow. That happens…

What are Chiropractic Pillows and Do You Need One?

Here’s an eye-opening fact: You spend a whopping one-third of your life in bed. Considering how much time you spend snuggled up to your pillow, it’s important that you use one that’s right for you. And if you have neck or back pain, a chiropractic pillow might be the best choice. Never heard of one? Don’t worry. Find out more about this funny-looking pillow, below. What Are Chiropractic Pillows? Also called a cervical pillow, a chiropractic pillow is contoured to support the neck properly so that when you rest your head on it, your spine maintains its natural, neutral shape. This posture can help ward off neck pain, which can occur when you sleep…

When Should You Replace Your Pillow?

A pillow might not seem as important to a good night’s sleep as a mattress, but it actually has a very important purpose: to support your head and neck throughout the night, so that you can wake up without neck pain or stiffness. And after some time, even the nicest pillow will stop doing that. The big question is: How long can you expect a new pillow to last? The answer is up for debate, but, to play it safe, get a new pillow every one to two years. Why so often? Night after night of sleeping on a pillow causes it to absorb body oil, dead skin cells, and hair. This isn’t…

What Pillow is Best for You?

The wrong pillow can be a real pain in the neck—not to mention a barrier to a good night’s sleep. So find the right fit.   You’ve no doubt heard about how important finding a comfortable mattress is for clocking quality sleep, but it’s also key to invest in the right pillow. An ill-fitting pillow is not only a sleep thief that keeps you from waking up feeling truly refreshed, but it can also trigger or worsen headaches, neck pain, and arm numbness. The ideal pillow fit all depends on which type of sleeper you are—though no matter your type, the pillow should keep it’s shape (even when you move), so it should not need to…

What are the Most Common Types of Pillows?

The inside scoop on how various pillows compare Resting your head on your pillow should feel good each night. But there’s not one ideal pillow for everyone: Different people have their own ideas of what’s comfortable and what’s not when it comes to a pillow’s size, shape, and supportiveness, as well as the firmness versus fluffiness factor. So don’t be surprised if you and your bedmate choose contrasting types to suit your own needs. They key is to choose a pillow that’s right for you.The Great Pillow Stack-UpAmong the most common types of pillows found in stores and

How to Choose a Pillow

Four steps to picking the perfect pillow While a “bad” shouldn’t any health problems, it could problems that already exist, like any headaches, neck pain, shoulder or arm numbness, and even sneezing and wheezing. If you suffer from any of the above, or if your pillow is more than about two years old, it’s probably time to buy a new one. While a “bad” pillow shouldn’t cause any health problems, it could worsen problems that already exist, like any headaches, neck pain, shoulder or arm numbness, and even sneezing and wheezing. If you suffer from any of the above, or if your pillow is more than about two years old, it’s probably time to buy…

How Pillows Are Made

You sleep on it every night—but have you ever wondered how your pillow came to be? Pillows date back thousands of years, and even then, your ancestors understood their importance. In ancient Greece, wealthy people rested their heads and feet on lavishly embroidered cushions; the Egyptians, who believed the head was the seat of life, spent a lot of time and money on pillows for the dead; and the Chinese believed that soft pillows took vitality from the body, so they made theirs from leather, as well as surprisingly hard materials such as wood and ceramics, sometimes filling them with herbs to cure disease and bring pleasant dreams. Check out how pillows are crafted nowadays: STEP…