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Monday, March 18, 2013

Understanding About Pillow Filler

Understanding About Pillow Filler

The key to a good night’s sleep is a comfortable pillow, because the position of your head, neck and shoulders greatly impacts your quality of sleep, hence, finding the perfect pillow filling for you is a necessity. Picking out a pillow is the most subjective and personal choice one can make for their personal well-being.


Polyester is a man-made plastic and its fibres are utilised as pillow fillers. This is the most popular and most budget-friendly. It’s durable and non allergenic. Polyester fibres are often arranged in three-dimensional clusters that help the pillow hold its shape and provide optimal neck support. 

Synthetic materials have some benefits over natural fibres; they are none allergic and odouless, they tend to last longer and they are generally more affordable. It is necessary to clean the pillows regularly; fortunately, they can be machine-washed.

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This traditional filling takes advantage of the fibre’s ability to lust up to years of wear without losing its shape. A good pillow liner can make wool feel as soft as cotton. 

Wool is an excellent renewable pillow filling, it is durable as it can bend back on itself 20,000 times without breaking (cotton will break at 3,200 times, silk at 1,800 times). Wool wicks away extra moisture, keeping your head warm, but dry.

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Kapok fibre is very similar to silk, making the pillow feel firm yet soft inside, and doesn’t mat down quickly like cotton ensuring a long life. This filling is also often recommended to allergy sufferers.

Memory Foam
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Memory foam was developed in the 1970s by the NASA Ames Research Center to help reduce the g-forces on astronauts during lift-off. This same filling is now used in pillows to allow equal distribution of a person's weight during sleep. 

The foam conforms to the head and neck, returning to its previous shape once the pressure is removed. This visco-elasticity allows for easy adaptation to head movements during the night. Foam within the pillow has hundreds of holes that provide adequate air circulation to wick any moisture. Since bacteria and mildew cannot live in foam, the pillows are hypo-allergenic. Dust mites are three times less likely to survive on a foam pillow.


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For those looking for an alternative to memory foam, 100% natural latex could be a preferred option, since latex conforms to the body's contours and evenly supports the spine just like memory foam. 

A favourite amongst allergy sufferers, natural latex has antimicrobial properties that resist dust mites and other allergens as well as being mould and mildew resistant. These pillows, like memory foam, can get warm, but many models come with venting holes to allow body heat and moisture to dissipate! 

Down Feathers

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Down feather pillows offer lightweight and softer way for side sleepers to feel comfort able throughout the night. Down consists of the small feathers found underneath the birds outer feathers. The fibres hold warm air close to a person’s head and work as an insulator. Down pillows are durable and will retain their shape over time. Down is gathered from ducks and geese, but eider duck down is the preferred pillow filler.

By: Asikin & Pek Yeng

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