This article, which was published recently, doesn’t surprise us here at Bambi. Wellbeing has long been associated with how long, and how well, we sleep.
While Bambi make a whole range of sleep products that can assist with wellbeing, we wanted to highlight the one item that can really make a massive difference to a good night’s sleep… and that’s the humble pillow. It’s quite frightening how under-rated and misunderstood the pillow is. In fact, at Bambi, we don’t even look at them as being a pillow– we think of them as “a mattress for your head”.
If you think about it, most people are happy to spend a great deal of money on a quality mattress. And rightly so – we sleep for a third of our lives, which is approximately 26 years – so our mattress needs to be supportive, comfortable & durable.
But what about our pillow? For many people this is a throw-in item, often bought at a discount store. But it certainly shouldn’t be and here’s why: there are 24 articulated vertebrae in the spine, and 7 of these are in the neck. This means a whopping 1/3 of your articulated vertebrae aren’t being supported properly unless you have a decent pillow. In fact, without the right pillow, you can be forfeiting quality sleep, suffering from headaches, neck pain, pinched nerves and various other body aches and pains.
So how do you know which pillow is right for you?
Being that there’s a vast array of pillows available, we understand that buying a new pillow can be a daunting and confusing task. Luckily Bambi have made the task a great deal simpler by applying science to the issue and developing a Pillow Profiling Programme.
How does it work?
Bambi look at a number of factors to determine which profile/fill pillow may work perfectly for you.
Some of the main factors that come into the equation are:
- Body frame – are you large, medium or small across the shoulders?
- How do you sleep? On your side, your back, or your stomach?
- What is your mattress like? Soft, medium, firm?
- Are you a hot sleeper?
Different fills in the pillow are also recommended for different types of sleepers. For example, a small framed, tummy sleeper will need a pillow which has a lot of breathability so the sleeper is getting the maximum air passage; people who sleep on their arms need a very lightweight pillow so less weight is being placed on the arms, etc.
How can you get profiled for the right pillow?
The best way to do this is to visit a Bambi retailer near you. Simply ask for a Bambi Pillow Profile and the staff will take you through a short exercise which will determine the perfect pillow for you. (And btw the perfect pillow doesn’t need to cost a fortune – you’ll be surprised at how reasonable Bambi pillows are). Bambi always recommendstrying a pillow before buying, since one person’s idea of comfort can be very different from another’s.
In the case of hot sleepers, we would recommend any of the COOLTOUCH™ flip pillows. These pillows have an amazing cool surface on one side (which stays cool) and a TENCEL® surface on the other, allowing you to flip the pillow from the TENCEL® side to the COOLTOUCH™ side when cooling relief is needed.
And finally – how do you know if it’s time for a new pillow?
Firstly, pillows don’t last forever – even if you have a favourite pillow you can’t part with, consider this: A pillow that doesn’t spring back into shape after it’s been folded in half – has had its day (or more accurately, night.)
Secondly, we all lose nearly a litre of fluid a night – summer and winter. So we suggest taking off your pillowcase and having a good look at your pillow. If it looks yellow, that’s sweat (sorry, it’s pretty gross we know), and the pillow needs to go.
And finally, 1/3 of the weight of your pillow is generally made up from dead skin, as well as dust-mites and their debris. And dust-mites, unfortunately, are responsible for allergies that can make you pretty sick.
So our last piece of advice in this article is: if you do buy a new pillow, perhaps invest in a pillow protector as well. 🙂
Reference: CLARISSA BYE & Christopher HARRIS, The Daily Telegraph