While the right mattress is the starting place in caring for your spine while you sleep, your pillow plays an important role in ensuring that your neck is safely and comfortably supported.
If you are in the market for a new pillow, remember that while price is important, you are going to be spending a lot of time resting your head on it. This means that you want to choose a pillow that will provide the best possible comfort for your budget.
It’s just one reason why bamboo pillows have become such a popular choice. To help you make an informed decision when you purchase your next pillow, here are some of the pros and cons of a bamboo pillow:
What is a bamboo pillow made from?
Chiropedic’s bamboo pillows are made from quick release, pin-holed Visco Memory Foam with a removable and washable bamboo cover.
The memory foam cushion has a plush feel that’s like sleeping on a cloud, providing pressure relief for head, neck and shoulders.
The bamboo pillow cover is a thick, luxurious fabric with a silky feel. The silky, soft texture of the fabric comes from the bamboo fibre which is combined with other natural or synthetic threads to create the material.
Stay cooler and comfortable at night
Bamboo fabric is more efficient than cotton for wicking away moisture. The soft, natural fibres offer an advantage over synthetic fibres with breathability that provides comfort to a warm sleeper.
Inside the bamboo cover, the Visco Memory foam cushion allows easy airflow, making a bamboo pillow ideal for sleeping on warm or humid nights.
Reduce symptoms of allergies for better sleep
Bamboo is a natural material and is not exposed to many chemicals in processing. This means that the risk of an allergic reaction is much lower than with synthetic pillows.
Bamboo pillows are less likely to accumulate dust mites, which are another common trigger for allergies. Many customers who had previously experienced difficulty sleeping due to allergies are getting a much better rest with a bamboo pillow.
Bamboo may even be resistant to bacteria, due to a polymer called lignin which provides rigidity to the stalks of the bamboo plant. This is a highly desirable property in a fabric that rests against your head during the night.
Environment and sustainability
Bamboo is a sustainable resource, with fast-growing crops providing a ready source of raw material.
It’s naturally harvested, so it doesn’t contain the pesticides and chemicals that may be found in cotton. The fabric is created using a natural process that uses few chemicals and is environmentally safe.
Caring for your bamboo pillow
A bamboo pillow is ideal for travel as the memory foam is light-weight and can be compressed right down and tucked into your luggage.
Your bamboo pillow should be fluffed up regularly to ensure that the air pockets of the memory foam are opened up after being compressed during sleep.
It’s a good idea to occasionally sit the pillow in the sun or use a dryer to remove any moisture that can accumulate in the pillow over time. You can tumble dry the pillow on low heat with dryer balls to restore its plumpness.
Generally speaking, you should only machine wash the bamboo pillow when absolutely necessary.
Pros and cons of bamboo pillows
There are many pros to a bamboo pillow:
There are bamboo pillows to suit all sleeping styles
Ideal for sleeping in warm climates
Great for travel as it can be compressed
Easy to spot clean or remove and machine wash the cover
Sustainable and environmentally friendly production
Hypo-allergenic and antibacterial properties
Put it in the dryer to plump it up fast
Naturally, there are some cons too:
The memory foam centre is not easily machine washed
Pillows are a very personal choice and a bamboo pillow may not suit everyone
Memory foam pillows lose plumpness if stored in a compressed state for a long time