Pillows are arguably the most important ingredient when looking at your sleep system. They largely contribute to you having a good or a bad night sleep.
I found over the years that many people have linen closets full of pillows that just don't work - all those frustrating nights of sparring with an unsatisfactory pillow.
The “magic pillow” that is advertised to change how you sleep, often contains a variety of chemicals and toxic substances that don't support us and aren't good for us. Pillows started out very differently than they are today.
A Short History of the Pillow:
Pillows were first used in Mesopotamia (Iraq) around 7,000 B.C. and then later in ancient Egypt. The pillow was used by the wealthy to prevent insects from entering their mouth, nose and ears while they slept. They were not built for comfort like today, but formed out of stone or wood.
Later the Chinese created their own version using materials such as jade, wood, porcelain and bamboo.The Greeks and Romans used pillows that were made with softer materials: cloth pillows stuffed with feathers, reeds or straw.
In the 20th century, modern pillows began to be commercially produced. During this time, pillows became more affordable as they were mass produced by textile companies.
A pillow is now designed to provide support and comfort to the neck and head. As many of us are side sleepers (a large majority of the population sleeps on their side for at least part of the night) this poses a problem. How do we get the added support for our legs and arms, when we sleep on our side? How do we attain a beneficial alignment with just a head pillow? A body pillow is the perfect solution.
What is a Body Pillow and why would I use one?
A body pillow is a long and narrow pillow that runs the length of your body, supporting both your top leg and arm throughout the night. Body pillows can be used for comfort, support and pressure relief. And best of all, body pillows are quickly becoming recognized as one of the best solutions for relieving chronic back pain.
When sleeping on your side, the tendency is to have your top leg come over the bottom one leading to a twisting of your spine and the collapsing of your shoulders. This ultimately causes your neck to tilt, which leads to tummy and back sleeping.
Organic body pillows are made with very simple ingredients:
- Organic and Natural Shredded Latex
- Organic Kapok
Each one has a different feel and firmness, and the Shredded latex and kapok are generously filled with the ability to customize and remove material to achieve the right alignment and a deeper sleep. The Resthouse Eco-Wool Premium body pillow line is made of 3 body pillows that are the same size but vary in the amount of weight used to fill the body pillow casing. There is a 3.5, 4.25 and a 5 pound version. Doing it this way increase the loft, so a 3.5lb body pillow is good for smaller builds and the 5.0lb is excellent for those sleepers that have wide shoulders and are constantly struggling with that shoulder and hip pain. The 4.5lb fits nicely in between.
Body pillows give your body the ability to stay still and let all your muscles relax. Every time you move it makes your body work overtime.
Commonly referred to as pregnancy pillows, the versatility in being able to change your body pillow height and thickness is perfect for expecting moms that need to be able to adapt as their babies and their bodies change.
I started using a body pillow myself 10 years ago after a few car accidents. My hips and lower back were giving me trouble and the introduction of the body pillow to my sleep regimen has provided substantial relief.
A surprise benefit is what it does for my busy mind. There are many studies showing that hugging has many health benefits including lowering your heart rate and creating a calming effect on ones emotional state. With my body pillow I fall asleep within minutes. I cuddle it, take some deep breaths, get into my perfect sleep position and slow right down. I feel supported both physically and emotionally.
Benefits of Sleeping with a Body Pillow:
• Provide proper body support
• Relieve pressure on the lower back, spine and hips
• Improve shoulder, hip and spinal alignment
• Distribute weight and improve blood circulation
• Enhance muscular relaxation
• Provide additional support during pregnancy
• Can help diminish snoring (by keeping you from falling onto your back)
• Calming and relaxing
At Resthouse Sleep Solutions, we are proud to offer organic and natural body pillows from Savvy Rest, Holy Lamb Organics and our own house brand made with Premium Eco-wool. We would love to assist you in selecting a body pillow for the perfect sleep solution.
Call or email us or view our selection online: http://resthouse.ca/collections/body-pillows
View our YouTube video on the Body Pillow: https://youtu.be/8TLEcUbkBD0