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What Are the Different Types of Pillows for Sleep?

What Are the Different Types of Pillows for Sleep?

Although they are indispensable today, pillows as we know them today only became commonplace during the Industrial Revolution. The advent of affordable textiles made soft sleeping aids affordable for working men and women in Europe and the United States.

Today, there are dozens of shapes and sizes that buyers can choose from. So what are the various types of pillows that one can pick? Read on to learn some of the common pillow options available today.

Down Pillow

If you are looking to improve your sleep, consider the advantages of a down pillow. The name derives from the frequent use of down feathers as filler. Many people prefer soft feathers to cotton or synthetic material that may harden over time. 

Stomach sleepers may find this option offers the most comfort. Advantages of this option include the high mold-ability down feathers afford. The option is also highly durable.

Down pillows can be difficult to clean and maintain, though. Some people may find that they have allergic reactions to the feathers. If in doubt, try it out and see for yourself.  

Down Alternative Pillow

If you are looking for the super-soft benefits of down feathers but want an option that's easier to maintain, ask for alternative down pillow options. The team at Nest Bedding will know exactly what your needs are and can provide several alternatives to traditional down pillows.

One common alternative material that can be used in lieu of feathers is polyester. The synthetic material is durable, easy to clean, and ideal for anyone who is allergic to feathers. 

Cotton Pillow

Cotton pillows remain a very popular option for several reasons. The material is light, affordable, and free of allergens. In fact, cotton is usually the safest option for anyone who has allergic reactions to synthetic materials like polyester. 

Cotton pillows require frequent cleanings, though. The filler option is also prone to clumping. If you are looking for a material that conforms to the shape of your head, cotton may not be the best option. 

Latex Pillow

Latex is derived from a natural material found in rubber trees. Users find the base material is durable, moldable, and incredibly soft. Latex pillows can come with a higher price tag. 

Have you heard about our Easy Breather Natural OEKO-TEX® certified shredded latex pillow? It is both breathable and soft and unlike any pillow you have seen before. Enjoy the benefits of this pillow that adjusts to your ideal loft.

Memory Foam Pillow

You've probably heard of memory foam pillows. They are becoming incredibly popular. Memory foam pillows are made from a mix of polyurethane and other advanced materials.

The results offer unparalleled comfort that conforms to the shape of your neck and head. This is ideal for all types of sleepers. This is also one of the best options for side sleepers who can enjoy even pressure along their body while they sleep. 

The only cons of this option are the retention of body heat (for some users) and possible issues with the breathability of the material. 

Innerspring Pillow

Innerspring pillows offer unparalleled support. The typical makeup of this option consists of an outer layer of memory foam or polyester and an inner layer of steel springs. The results offer great support for the head and neck. 

Some fans of this option find that the design provides cooling sensations. Innerspring pillows are more expensive due to the complexity of the design. Innerspring pillows are ideal for anyone who sleeps on their back. 

Bamboo Pillow

This type of pillow is much softer than its name entails. The typical material used is shredded foam. The outer layers are made from shells derived from bamboo. The results offer excellent moisture absorption. 

The use of bamboo also leads to strong antimicrobial properties and temperature regulation. Bamboo pillows are easy to maintain and clean. Some folks find the combination of materials to be a bit hard, though. 

Polyester Pillow

Along with cotton, polyester is a common filler used in pillows. The synthetic material is highly affordable, light, and less prone to cause allergic reactions than other materials. 

Some people may find the material provides less than ideal breathability. Polyester is also less durable than other materials listed in this article. 

Buckwheat Pillow

Although less common, buckwheat pillows are unique and worth considering. The base material is fillings from buckwheat shells. 

The shells offer great breathability and moldability. If you are buying pillows or replacing pillows, keep this unique option in mind. 

While buckwheat allows for excellent cooling, the plant-based material can cause slight noise when you adjust your head or body.

Microbead Pillow

Microbead pillows use uniform polymer particles and are a great alternative to buckwheat pillows. Many people find that microbead pillows conform to the shapes of their heads. The main cons are poor longevity and heat retention. 

Wool Pillow

Of all the styles of pillows, you may not have heard of wool pillows, but many people swear by them. Wool offers comfort and warmth.

The natural material is hypoallergenic. The pillows are suitable for all seasons. Wool may not always hold its shape, but it's a great option for anyone who loves to sleep warm.  

Order the Right Types of Pillows Today

When it comes to enjoying a good night's sleep, a quality pillow is indispensable. Since first coming into common usage during the Industrial Revolution, pillows have evolved and improved considerably.

Are you looking for a reliable and affordable store to upgrade your pillow? The Nestologists at Nest Bedding can't wait to show you our wide range of types of pillows and bedding options. Contact our team online to find a showroom near you.