What Exactly Are Meditation Cushions?

As it is in the name, these are cushions, which you might refer to as plumper, fuller pillows that are used for sitting on. They are specifically designed for you to be able to sit on them for extended periods of time without having major discomfort or back pain.

Because you will be using these pillows for meditation, you will be wanting to sit, relax and enjoy your time, getting in touch with your spiritual side. Meditation requires no interruptions or distractions and discomfort is definitely a distraction that you do not need to add to your rest time.

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Special considerations for compiling this list

  • Natural: The pillows we have specifically considered for this list include only natural or organic products which generally fit in perfectly with those who have a lifestyle that includes yoga and meditation.
  • Comfortable: These pillows should relieve stress and strain on your body and allow you to be comfortable and truly relax.
  • Durable: Durability is a major consideration to take in because you want these cushions to hold up over time, with a lot of use in one day, week, month and even year.
  • Color and design options: It may seem unimportant, but having a cushion that has a fun color or design will make you like it more and want it to mesh well with your environment.

Top 5 Meditation Cushions Of 2018

Seat of Your Soul buckwheat meditation cushion

Seat of Your Soul is a company that has manufactured a meditation cushion out of a material that may surprise you, that’s the buckwheat we are talking about. Buckwheat is rising as an all natural option for filling pillows and cushions on the market, but the company does not stop there because it has wrapped the cushion in an organic cotton that is breathable and easy to have cleaned as well.

One thing you may particularly like about this meditation cushion is that is comes with an easy to grip, carrying handle that allows you to quickly, and easily pick up the cushion and transport it from place to place. Meditation cushions are usually portable, lightweight and easy to take with you, wherever you would want to go, but the handle gives you a little boost.

Though it is listed as size option, you may better qualify this choice as being more of the shape of the cushion as one is round, the Zafu option and the other is a crescent and is labeled as such. The cushions do vary slightly in size with the Zafu options being two inches shorter than the crescent cushion is.

Once you have decided which shape and size you would like for your cushion, you can move on to choosing the color. There are many different choices including black, grey, natural, navy, purple or red and they are all more neutral, deep colors rather than bright or very light.

These cushions are ergonomic which makes them more than just comfortable, they actually relieve the stress on your spine, back, bottom and overall body. This cushion comes with a lifetime warranty so regardless of what happens, if you are not satisfied with this cushion, then you can return it hassle free.

Pros:

  • More natural, organic products
  • Multiple color options
  • Ergonomic
  • Options for sizing and shapes

Cons:

  • May attract bugs
  • Some report it is not soft

REEHUT Zafu Yoga Meditation Bolster Pillow

Reehut has created a very durable, extremely soft meditation cushion that is available to you in a variety of different options for sizing and colors to get the exact meditation cushion that is perfect for you personally. The pillow is not very expensive so even if you are on a budget then you will probably be able to fit this into your monthly expenses.

There are four different color options for you to choose from and three of them are more neutrally colored and one is bright. You can choose either the black, deep grey, army green or the bright purple color to go with your style, or room decoration.

For sizing options you can choose from the small, medium or large sizes which measure in diameter in either twelve, thirteen or sixteen inches across. This meditation cushion comes with an easy to grip handle so while it was already portable so you can move it from one place to the next.

The filling of this meditation cushion is buckwheat hull and it is wrapped in either a cotton or hemp casing that is washable. Though there is a zipper to open the pillow and remove the cover, it is hidden so you do not have to see it or get caught on it.

Pros:

  • Natural ingredients
  • Size and color options
  • Hidden zipper
  • Easy grip handle

Cons:

  • Some do not like the hemp option
  • Some report too small size

Peace Yoga Buckwheat Meditation Cushion Pillow

Peace Yoga’s buckwheat meditation cushion is made of eco-friendly, all natural materials, including the buckwheat filled center and a soft, cotton casing. Having an all natural meditation cushion may be something you desperately want in your life as many cushions and pillows are made with chemicals and harsh materials that are simply not good for you at all.

The pillow fully adjustable and it is not difficult to get it to the proper fill limit and have it firm up to however soft or firm you want. The pillow is crescent shaped and is perfect for properly relieving your spine, lower back, and bottom pain while you are using the pillow for mediating purposes.

The pillow only comes in one size but as mentioned it is very firm and can be adjusted in order to provide you with the proper firmness that you want out of your cushion. There is a 90 day money back guarantee in the event that the pillow is not satisfactory and you would like to return it.

When you are choosing your pillow you will be pleasantly surprised to find just how many different color options there are. Not only can you choose from black, grey, purple, blue, green, and turquoise but there are different designs and patterns on each cushion.

Pros:

  • Fun designs and colors
  • Great for spine pain
  • All natural and eco friendly
  • Crescent shaped

Cons:

  • Only one shape
  • No sizing options

Peace Yoga Buckwheat Filled Round Meditation Pillow

This is another meditation cushion made by Peace Yoga, but this one comes in a different shape and slightly different styles as well as sizing options. You can choose from either a thirteen inch diameter or a sixteen inch diameter.

Depending on which size that you choose, the pillow will run you either twenty or thirty bucks which is not very expensive for a meditation cushion. You can choose from a variety of colors ranging from black, grey, turquoise, blue, green or purple.

These mediation cushions are marketed to all kinds of people, those who do yoga, meditate, or simply enjoy sitting on a cushion. Not only are they great for a variety of people but if you are looking for a yoga or meditation cushion specifically for those two activities then it would be good for you to know it is good for beginners, intermediates and advanced yoga and meditation.

Pros:

  • Great for a variety of people
  • Size options
  • Color options
  • Great for yoga

Cons:

  • Some report shedding
  • Some say it is too small

Brentwood Home Meditation Pillow

Brentwood Home has also created a meditation pillow that is great for all different levels and skill sets of mediation and yoga. It is sadly only currently available in one color option but it is a neutral grey and would be great for anyone, as the pattern makes it appear to be woven.

The pillow comes with an easy grip handle so you can lift it and take it from place to place with little to no hassle. The pillow is round, weighs four pounds and measures 18 inches across and size inches high to give you ample support and firmness.

The pillow is made out of organic buckwheat and is encased on natural, organic, cotton to give you a natural cushion to use daily.

Pros:

  • Organic cotton
  • Buckwheat filled
  • Beautiful pattern
  • Large size

Cons:

  • No sizing options
  • No color options

Closing Thoughts

Getting into motivation and yoga is great for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. If you have gotten into these practices then you have probably seen that while they are great for your body, they do cause some pain in strain when you stay in one single position for a prolonged period of time.

When choosing a meditation cushion you should make sure that the size you choose is perfect for you to sit and move around a bit on comfortably. You should also check the care instructions carefully before you try to wash or clean the cushions, so that it will not deform the pillow, cause it to fade and generally make your cushion look raggedy far too soon.

Meditation and yoga are ancient practices to keep you balanced overall and your chosen cushion should only add to that experience, rather than cause it to be more painful or complicated.

About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.


Can you find good mattress under $500? It’s possible. Keep reading, and I’ll tell you all about it.

For whatever reason, you need a new mattress. Maybe your old one is falling apart (or a cat clawed it to bits.) Maybe you’re moving and don’t want to take the old one with you, or need a bigger/smaller size.

Or maybe you’d like to get rid of the one that’s just become uncomfortable, and is leaving you with a backache. Do you know where to start?

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Maybe you just need a new mattress temporarily, and you’re storing your things for a while for a long-distance move.

Maybe you have a guest bed or room that will only be used occasionally, and you need something inexpensive.

Or you need a new mattress quickly and don’t have a lot of money to spend on it right now. A mattress under $500 might just be what works for you, right now.

If you’ve gone to a mattress store, or even some department stores, you’ve probably experienced “sticker shock” after seeing what a good, comfortable mattress costs. And never mind all the different things you’ve got to know before you make a decision.

Does it sleep “hot?” Does it offer joint support? Does it smell funny?

Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to learn about mattresses and what they have to offer before you ever set foot in a store or go online to see what’s available.

You need to know what options to look for, and what to avoid. It’s not just about “firm” or “medium” or “soft,” it’s about finding the right one for your needs.

Don’t just walk into a place that sells mattresses, and buy the first thing you see. You can find a good, comfortable mattress under $500, and they’re readily available online.

What You Get With A Mattress Under $500

Less-expensive mattresses will come in one of a few types:

  • Memory foam—the most popular option, they are frequently recommended by doctors for those who have joint pain. Memory foam cushions the joints and supports body alignment and offers pressure relief. Memory foam also has the tendency to “sleep hot” due to heat retention. Some offer cooling gel infused into the foam. If not, a cooling mattress pad, topper or cover may be needed to help you sleep cooler. Click here to read our guide on memory foam mattress
  • Innerspring—traditionally built mattresses. These come with interior coils, some of them individually wrapped for better support, comfort and resilience. Click here to read our guide on Innerspring mattress
  • Hybrid—combination of memory foam and innerspring mattresses which gives you the best of both
  • Regular foam—not as popular as it used to be, since it doesn’t last as long as memory foam. It’s also made without the same chemicals as memory foam, so it deteriorates faster.

You probably won’t find a mattress at this price point made of latex. It’s more expensive to create, since it comes from tree sap from the rubber tree. But latex mattresses—whether natural, synthetic or blended—are also recommended by doctors for those who have pain points, since latex tends to cushion the joints a little better.

Air Mattresses are usually found on camping trips and in temporary sleeping arrangements like sleepovers or when someone has just moved into a place. They’re under $500, but probably not going to be your permanent mattress. Made from PVC, they’re quick to inflate and deflate, and can be set up quickly.

Water beds, those throwbacks to the 1970s, are still around and better made than they used to be. Modern waterbeds come with more foam and more durable covers to prevent leaking. There are also models under $500, but may not be practical for a number of reasons.

But a good, comfortable mattress under $500 is available. You just have to know where to look.

Check The Online Customer Reviews

The biggest issue most people have with buying anything online is that they can’t examine it before buying it. That’s true. However, online buying for nearly anything has one thing that store shopping doesn’t—customer reviews.

Online reviews were once just the bastion of books bought from websites. But in 2018, nearly any product you’re looking for has reviews from other people who have already purchased the product you’re considering.

Sure, you can read the company’s specs and descriptions. But what about once it’s being used?

Customer reviews will tell you what happens after someone got it into their home and actually start using it.

This is true of products that were purchased online and in a brick-and-mortar store, and online reviews are available on most e-commerce websites.

Your first stop for reviews: Amazon. As one of the world’s largest retailers, you can browse for nearly any consumer goods and find out what previous buyers have to say about a product.

It’s free to browse, and you may find out something you needed to know by reading reviews.

Finding The Best Mattress Under $500

When it comes to your mattress, size does matter, especially if all you can afford is  a mattress under $500.

But that’s OK. Since cost also varies with size, the smaller the mattress, the more you can spend.

A twin or a full size normally costs less, so you’ll be able to get higher quality models for that $500.

The queen, king and California King are a little more difficult to find under $500—but they’re available, you just have to look for them.

If You’ve Never Bought A Mattress Online

Buy a mattress under $500 online, and wait for the mail. (You can read more about it here.)

Chances are, you’ll be expecting a delivery crew to bring it into your house.

That’s not usually the case with mattress-in-a-box vendors (unless you buy online from a mattress store or website that does local deliveries.)

Most online mattress purchases are shipped directly to you from the factory. No fast-talking sales people. No gimmicks or hype to deal with. You’ll get the mattress you want, delivered to you—in a box.

Most mattresses are rolled up tight (think jellyroll) and vacuum sealed.

Vacuuming out the air shrinks the mattress considerably, making it easier to ship. When the package arrives at your door, you’ll take it to the room where you plan to use it, remove it from the box, and put it on the frame and/or foundation you’ll be using.

Shipping a mattress like this is not only quick and easy, it’s efficient and reduces the carbon footprint.

Once the mattress is rolled up and folded, it’s sealed in a heavy plastic wrapper, and the air is removed, shrinking it down to a manageable size that’s easy to ship. It’s put into a second wrapper, then packed into a box for shipment.

Once your mattress is set up, the packing materials are minimal and recyclable.

What Happens Once Your Mattress Arrives

Carefully open the box to remove your new mattress. Instructions are included, and you’ll carefully open the sealed plastic and let it expand to its normal size. (Many buyers enjoy watching it expand; some record the re-inflation phase and put the video on YouTube.)  Complete expansion time depends on the mattress.

Some mattresses will completely expand to their actual size within an hour; some take as long as 48 hours to fully expand, but are still usable. A few may need a week to fully expand.

Some models have a chemical smell known as “off-gassing.” Many only off-gas for a day or so, some have little or no smell, but some may be more potent.

If you’re sensitive to strong smells, read articles and online reviews before you buy, so you know what to expect when the plastic wrapper comes off.

Warning: these mattresses are still heavy, and can weigh over 100 pounds. Get help moving them upstairs or onto your box spring or bed frame if they weigh more than you can lift.

Note that it’s not just a mattress under $500 that’s shipped this way; mattresses from vendors that are over $500 are rolled, sealed and shipped, too.

What If I Don’t Like It?

Make sure you understand the company’s guarantee and return policy before buying.

Some companies have a long-term guarantee if you buy directly from their website, but only offer 30 days if you buy from Amazon. But because they’re only online, their customer service people work with you to make sure you get what you want when you order.

With so many options available, even with mattresses at this price point, there is a mattress that’s right for everyone.

But there isn’t one single mattress under $500 that’s right for everybody—it’s up to you to find your right mattress. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best mattresses under $500 for you to choose from.

Ready? Let’s go shopping!

Product Reviews: Best Queen Mattress Under $500

Live and Sleep Resort Ultra Queen Size

This thicker 12” mattress offers quality materials that give a medium firmness and a cool, comfortable night’s sleep without latex or coils.

With an 8.5” high-density support base, it’s topped with 2.5-inch Premium Air Flow memory foam and an 1 inch of exclusive gel-infused viscose.

This Certipur-US certified mattress is also non-toxic, and will work on nearly any kind of bed frame—even the floor.

Pros:

  • Anti-microbial and hypoallergenic
  • Relieves pressure points
  • Linen cover is easy to wash
  • Comes with a free queen-sized pillow
  • 20-year warranty

Cons:

  • Only offers a 30-day trial
  • May sink into slatted bed frames
  • Rounded corners may not fit perfectly into some bed frames

Zinus Memory Foam 12-Inch Green Tea Mattress

Priced at just $229 for a queen, Zinus’ Green Tea Mattress is an Amazon’s Favorite with nearly 20,000 reviews.

Even a 12-inch California King is $349. The CertiPUR – US foam is infused with green tea extract and other natural ingredients to keep it fresh and clean longer (a mattress cover or protector is recommended to keep it clean longer.)

Zinus’ memory foam conforms to your body to cushion your joints and reduce pressure points to help you wake up with less pain.

The breathable foam prevents the “heat trap” that’s common with memory foam so you sleep at your optimal temperature.

Pros:

  • Green Tea extract keeps mattress clean and fresh
  • Good for heavier sleepers, great for couples
  • Doesn’t hold heat like other mattresses
  • Works with a box spring, slatted frame or other flat surface

Cons:

  • May take as long as 72 hours to fully expand; colder temps may lengthen decompression time
  • Its popularity means it can sell out quickly
  • Some report lingering off-gassing odors
  • Some report mattress may not last as long as claimed
  • Mattresses bought from Amazon may be stored too long and develop mold; users suggest buying directly from manufacturer instead

Product Reviews: Best King Mattress Under $500

Believe it or not, you can get a king-sized mattress under $500. Like the others, they’re ordered online direct and shipped to you rolled up in a box like twin, full and queen sizes. Here we look at two for you to consider.

LinenSpa 8 Inch Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress

 

This is one of the best priced mattresses of any size available, and even the California King sells for $199.99. (The popular twin version sells for just $95.)

The medium-firm mattress combines the support of innersprings with the comfort of memory foam in one neatly-stitched package.

There’s cozy layer of memory foam snugly quilted into the mattress to help reduce pressure points.

The felt pad in between the foam and the coils offers insulation that’s smooth, and offers great motion isolation.

It’s also CertiPur-US certified for safety, made without ozone depleters, PBDEs, heavy metals, or prohibited phthalates.

Pros:

  • Works with either a slat or platform bed, with or without a box spring
  • Good for people who prefer the thinner style of mattress
  • Great for light side and stomach sleepers
  • Hybrid construction makes it slightly lighter than other mattresses

Cons:

  • Mattress may not last as long as advertised
  • May have insufficient support, especially for adults
  • Tends to be squeaky
  • May not completely expand
  • May soften over time and sag in the middle

LUCID 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Like the LinenSpa, this Lucid mattress includes gel-infused memory foam for heat dispersion and breathability and is priced a little higher at around $300.

The 7.5 inch high density support foam base is topped with a 2.5 inch layer of gel memory foam that’s CertiPUR-US certified, made without toxic chemicals.

The open cell memory foam design helps eliminate pressure points and gives a medium-firm feel.

The TECNEL-blend fabric cover controls both moisture and temperature and creates a layer of air, giving you a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Pros:

  • Zip-off cover that’s easy to wash
  • Motion absorbing—no disturbing your partner when you move or get up
  • No off-gassing odors
  • Firm but cozy and contouring
  • Ten-year warranty against defects and protects the mattress

Cons:

  • May not last as long as indicated
  • May sleep “hot”
  • Might need a thick mattress topper to make it completely comfortable
  • Some users indicate that the mattress is too soft, and once it’s “broken in,” turns lumpy
  • May not be suitable for sleepers over 200 lbs.

Product Reviews: Best Full Size Mattress Under $500

Again, smaller sizes cost less, so buying a full-size mattress under $500 means somewhat a higher quality mattress. Here are two that may be just what you need.

Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam Mattress

One of the best bed-in-a-box mattresses on the market, Tuft & Needle’s full size model comes in just under the mark at $475.

Made with T&N’s own poured “adaptive foam,” it’s a CertiPUR-US certified mattress that’s not too hard, not too soft, and not too hot, either.

Graphite and gel are infused in the mattress to prevent overheating, and supportive to avoid pressure points.

It’s an Amazon’s Choice for “mattress in a box” with over 6600 reviews (90% five star) and 1000 answered questions.

Pros:

  • Soft but supportive
  • Adaptive foam offers better joint support
  • Cooling
  • No motion transfer
  • Free of toxic chemicals
  • Better support than standard memory foam

Cons:

  • May not last as long as claimed
  • Develops depressions as you “sink into” the mattress
  • Doesn’t work well for side sleepers
  • Exhibits chemical smells that may not go away
  • May need a mattress topper to be completely comfortable

Brentwood Home Cypress Mattress

This 13” thick mattress is priced at around $420, so it’s still a mattress under $500.

And with the savings, you can splurge on some nice new sheets. The medium firmness is good for couples as well as for any type of sleeper.

The natural New Zealand wool cover wicks away moisture, keeps you cool and is removable for washing. On top of the 7.5 inch base foam is a 2-Inch Ventilated Airflow Zone that allows breathability, helping you stay cool at night.

The 3.5 inches of gel memory foam offers pressure relief and spinal alignment while reducing motion transfer and keeps you from tossing and turning. No toxic chemicals, including flame retardants, are used in this CertiPUR-US foam mattress.

Pros:

  • Made in USA (California)
  • 25-year guarantee
  • Medium firmness—firm, without being stiff
  • Good motion isolation

Cons:

  • May not last as long as indicated
  • Some users report this mattress as much softer, causing “sinking,” or very firm
  • Mattress may not fully inflate, even after a week
  • May sleep “hot” for some sleepers

Best Spring Mattress Under $500

If you’d really rather have the traditional innerspring mattress without the complications of memory foam, you’re in luck.

There are a number of innerspring models of the mattress under $500. Finding and ordering them couldn’t be easier. Here are two we found that might be just what you need.

Classic Brands Advantage Individually Wrapped Coils Innerspring 8-Inch Firm Mattress

Priced at just $168 for a queen sized model, you’ll be sleeping soundly knowing you didn’t overspend.

Individually wrapped coils offer responsiveness and comfort while the added layer of comfort foam gives pressure point relief.

The coils contour to your body and respond without motion transfer, and a pillow top layer added. While comfortable, it does need some solid flat support underneath.

The breathable knit cover keeps everything in one neat sleeping package.

Pros:

  • Medium firm
  • Twin size is suitable for kids and bunk beds
  • Best with a box spring or platform bed frame
  • Softens over time
  • No memory foam means no “sinking” or divots after a period of time

Cons:

  • Some users suggest using a mattress topper if it’s too firm
  • Coils may be evident when laying on mattress
  • May be too soft for those with back problems
  • May be unsuitable for heavier sleepers
  • Some users report compression at pressure points

Englander Finale 10-Inch Innerspring Mattress

Great for guest beds or kids rooms, this Made-In-The-USA has over 9,000 happy sleepers. The foam in this mattress is CertiPUR-US certified with no toxic chemicals.

Individually wrapped coils give the right support where you need it, including a reinforced lumbar region.

The unique 3 Zone Support System eliminates pressure points, motion disturbance and lower back pain, and has a plush quilted cover with soft wool that keeps you cool and comfortable all night.

“Practical” is how one review describes this affordable mattress, and another says “better than expected.

” With nearly 900 reviews, it’s no wonder this $217 mattress is so popular.

Some buyers get more than one—for themselves, their kids (even adult kids), as well as more for guest beds, vacation homes and rentals and RVs.

Works well with or without a box spring, or on a platform bed frame (but you’ll need a box spring for a bed frame with slats.)

Pros:

  • No need to flip the mattress; just rotate quarterly
  • Soft to the touch
  • No flame retardants or other chemicals
  • Great value for the price
  • No off-gassing smells

Cons:

  • Users suggest mattress toppers for full comfort
  • Durability may depend on the weight of the sleeper
  • Not much edge support; you may slide off
  • Some users report that it “caves in” relatively quickly
  • Mattress only comes with a one-year warranty

Conclusion

You really can get a best mattress under $500. It just takes a little investigation and deciding exactly what you need.

Whether you’re looking for a temporary sleep solution, a guest bed for your home or vacation place, or your long-term every night bed, a good mattress under $500 is possible.

You don’t have to sleep uncomfortably while you save up for that really expensive mattress set. No need for hand-me-downs or buying a used set from someone you don’t know.

Understand that at this price point, there will be some give-and-take. You’ll have to give up some features in order to find the best mattress under $500.

Again, for the $500 price point, the better, higher-grade mattress are available in smaller sizes. If you’re not willing to trade off some of the features, you may need to save up for something in the $500 to $1,000 category.

But companies that sell directly to you online eliminate markup and the hassle of going into a mattress store and dealing with salespeople—a feature that a lot of buyers may appreciate.

You might as well sleep well while you’re saving for the more expensive mattress set in the future.

We all need a good night’s sleep. But it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get one. With these affordable options, you’ll be able to get a better mattress under $500 and start sleeping better soon.

About Amy ODonnell Amy O’Donnell is a legal blogger and copywriter. She lives in rural Louisiana with her partner, two dogs and a cat, but considers herself a Texan after 18 years in Houston. Amy writes for a number of different genres, including health, technology and legal. You can visit her personal foodie blog over at HeatCageKitchen, where she writes about new trends in food, health, kitchen and occasionally annoying her partner.

Most adults experience insomnia at some point in their lives. Although there are several reasons for this, one of the most common is stress and anxiety. It can sometimes be hard to turn off your brain in order to get the sleep you need. For this somewhat normal problem, a harsh sleeping pill can seem like overkill, which is why a sleep supplement could be the best, and safest, option.

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Sleep, Life, and Health

Sleep plays a major role in overall health and wellbeing. When your body gets the proper amount of quality rest, the positive effects are numerous. Adequate sleep often leads to improvement in memory, balanced emotional and mental health, proficient decision making, and a body that is able to regulate hormones properly and heal quickly.

But when you don’t get enough sleep, the negative effects start piling up. Without quality sleep, you may start to gain weight, be unable to think clearly, become ill due to a weakened immune system, experience hypertension and hormone disfunction, and have an increased risk of heart disease.

Because sleep is so vital, it cannot be neglected. Even though our full schedules and other obligations may get in the way, sleep must be a priority because our bodies do not forget when we don’t get enough sleep—any lost sleep needs to be made up to get all the health benefits. It is recommended that normal adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

Everyone is different, so some people may feel like they need more sleep, and others may feel like they need less. To determine how much sleep you need, keep track of how much sleep you get at night and compare it to how you feel the next day. If you feel tired during the less stimulating parts of your day, you may need to aim for more sleep. 

Aside from schedules and obligations, there are other parts of our lifestyle that influence the quantity and quality of sleep as well. Living a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercising, eating right, and maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing, can naturally lead to better sleep, whereas eating junk food, smoking, drinking alcohol, and being sedentary can lead to sleeplessness.

Additionally, maintaining good sleep habits and sticking to a sleep routine can help sleep come easier. Best practices include going to bed and waking up at the same times each day so your body trains itself to sleep on that schedule, and taking a bath or shower, reading or writing in a journal, drinking herbal tea, or meditating before bed. Lastly, set up your bedroom so it’s calm, dark, cool, silent, and free from distractions.

Sleep Supplements

Sleep supplements are typically natural sleeping pills that aren’t as potent as over-the-counter sleep drugs, but still produce feelings of drowsiness and relaxation meant to lull users to sleep. Luckily, sleep supplements don’t carry the same risks as drug store sleeping pills like ZzzQuil or Unisom, which can have harmful side effects and the potential for dependency.

The difference is that sleep supplements are usually made with all-natural ingredients. So, sleep supplements fit nicely into the healthy lifestyle that naturally nurtures sleep.

Almost all of the sleep supplements that are currently available share many of the same ingredients or some combination of them, which are naturally sourced from our bodies or the outdoors. Although some of these ingredients haven’t been formally studied in a clinical setting, they have been known to relieve stress and tension and promote sleep for many years. The most common active ingredients in sleep supplements are melatonin, glycine, valerian (or valerian root), chamomile, passionflower, hops, magnesium, GABA, l-theanine, and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).

The effect of each of these ingredients varies slightly, but they all share the goal of relaxation, stress relief, and long, deep sleep. The long list of ingredients can be broken into two categories—sourced from our bodies and sourced from nature—and oftentimes, the ingredients work together to create the desired effect.

For example, melatonin, magnesium, and 5-HTP are closely related; magnesium helps to regulate our body’s production of melatonin, 5-HTP is extracted from amino acids and is a precursor to melatonin, and melatonin rules our sleep cycles. L-theanine and glycine are also amino acids—the former is a calming agent extracted from green tea, and the latter improves sleep quality. GABA is a neurotransmitter in the nervous system that largely controls anxiety and excitability.

The ingredients that are sourced from nature include valerian, chamomile, passionfruit, and hops. Valerian, or valerian root, is an herbal extract used to treat anxiety and insomnia, but it is one of the only natural ingredients that may have side effects like headache, upset stomach, nervousness, and grogginess.

Chamomile, which is usually consumed as a tea, is an herb that has a calming effect and is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities. Last is passionfruit and hops, which are very similar and often grouped together. They both have natural calming qualities. One last note—tryptophan is sometimes another ingredient in sleep supplements, but isn’t as effective as the others listed above, and it may not be safe in large doses.

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What Are the Top Six Sleep Supplements?

Here is a summary of the top six sleep supplements, and each offers a unique combination of desirable features and options. All of these products are highly rated and sleep tested.

Nested Naturals Luna Natural Sleep Aid

The Luna Natural Sleep Aid is a vegan, non-habit-forming supplement. It helps users fall and stay asleep without harsh chemicals or side effects. The active ingredients include magnesium for relaxation, melatonin to help you stay asleep, soothing amino acids GABA and l-theanine, and calming herbs valerian root, lemon balm, passionflower, and hops. The recommended dosage is 1 or 2 capsules 30 to 60 minutes before bed, depending on your needs. Luna comes in bottles containing 60 capsules. Plus, Nested Naturals offers a 100% money back guarantee, so there is no risk in trying this product.

Pros:

  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy or “hungover”
  • Energetic feeling in the morning

Cons:

  • May not overcome particularly stubborn sleeplessness
  • Effect may be different each time you take it

Zhou Nutrition Driftoff Premium Sleep Aid

The Driftoff Premium Sleep Aid helps users forget the stresses of the day, and as the name suggests, gently drift off to sleep. This product is 100% vegetarian and contains the active ingredients melatonin, valerian root, chamomile, GABA, passionflower, lemon balm, and hops. In addition, Zhou Nutrition has added l-tryptophan, an amino acid from plant and animal proteins that aids melatonin in regulating sleep cycles, to this supplement. Driftoff should be taken in 2-capsule dosages, and each bottle contains 60 veggie capsules. Plus, Zhou Nutrition offers discounts when purchasing two or more of their products together.

Pros:

  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy or “hungover”
  • Safe for all ages
  • Relieves anxiety

Cons:

  • May not overcome stubborn sleeplessness

Peak Life Somnapure Natural Sleep Aid

Peak Life’s Somnapure Natural Sleep Aid works to ease stress and tension while helping users fall into a restful sleep. The active ingredients are valerian root, lemon balm, l-theanine, hops, chamomile flower, passionflower, and melatonin, all of which produce feelings of drowsiness and help you stay asleep throughout the night. The recommended dosage is 2 tablets within an hour before bed. Somnapure is available in 30 or 60 count bottles.

Pros:

  • Highly effective
  • Becomes effective within 30 minutes
  • Relieves anxiety

Cons:

  • May cause heart to race
  • Tablets may have unpleasant smell

Olly Restful Sleep Gummy Supplement

The Olly Restful Sleep Gummy Supplement is a gluten-free sleep aid containing the active ingredients melatonin, l-theanine, chamomile, passionflower, and lemon balm. Each ingredient effectively helps users become relaxed and drowsy, leading to a restful sleep. The recommended dosage is 2 gummies per day, and each bottle contains 50 gummies.

Pros:

  • Becomes effective within 30 minutes
  • Safe for children
  • Highly effective
  • Great taste

Cons:

  • May cause odd dreams

Zenwise Health Calming Sleep Support

The Zenwise Health Calming Sleep Support product is a vegetarian supplement that helps settle the mind and body, which translates to relaxation and sleep. It also works to regulate your sleep cycle for consistent sleep each night. The active ingredients are magnesium glycinate, 5-HTP, chamomile flower powder, melatonin, GABA, valerian root powder, and l-theanine, all of which release tension and sooth the whole body. This product will leave you feeling rested and alert with no groggy feeling in the morning. The recommended dosage is 2 capsules 30 to 60 minutes prior to going to bed. Zenwise Health also offers discounts when purchasing 2 or more of their products together.

Pros:

  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy or “hungover”
  • Relieves anxiety

Cons:

  • May not work for everyone

Genius Sleep Aid

The Genius Sleep Aid is an effective sleep supplement that also decreases anxiety, balances moods, detoxes the body of caffeine, and restores adrenal function. This sleep supplement contains melatonin, l-theanine, glycine, which is an amino acid that improves sleep quality, inositol, which reduces anxiety, and rutaecarpine, which helps detox your body of caffeine. The recommended dosage is 2 veggie capsules before bed, and each bottle contains 40 capsules. The makers of the Genius Sleep Aid offer discounts when purchasing two or more of their products together.

Pros:

  • Won’t leave you feeling groggy or “hungover”
  • Energetic feeling in the morning
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Highly effective

Cons:

  • May not work for everyone

What Else Should You Consider When Purchasing And Using Sleep Supplements?

In general, sleep supplements are much safer than over-the-counter sleeping pills, but they are not completely without risk. Any time you add a supplement to your routine, it is important to consider these risks, especially because everyone’s body is different and may react to the ingredients in a supplement in various ways. Because of this, it is best to consider how a supplement will affect your body in particular.

As mentioned earlier, sleep supplements are not known to have many side effects, so the bigger issue is how the ingredients will fit into your body’s makeup and your current health conditions. It is possible for certain ingredients in sleep supplements to interact with other medications, which can result in negative health issues much more serious than occasional sleeplessness.

Additionally, certain ingredients just may not jive with your body in general. Allergic reactions are the perfect example of this. Be sure to inform yourself of any of these potential risks prior to taking a new supplement.

An equally important concern about sleep supplements is how they are made. Unlike over-the-counter sleeping pills, supplements are not strictly regulated and tested by the FDA because they consider them to be in the food category rather than the medication category. As a result, sleep supplements could be manufactured improperly, contain the incorrect dosage, or have the wrong ingredients, for example.

Plus, not as much clinical research is conducted on supplements, so the true effectiveness, strength, and side effects of the ingredients are not fully known. All of this explains why sleep supplements can affect everyone differently.

Sleep Supplements – Final Thoughts

For the times when insomnia is preventing you from getting the rest you need, a sleep supplement is the perfect remedy. Sleep supplements are a safe and effective alternative to harsh sleeping pills, which can do more harm than good. Equally important is the fact that the natural qualities of sleep supplements are the ideal addition to a healthy lifestyle and good sleep habits. If you are still unsure about trying sleep supplements, consult your doctor for advice on overcoming sleeplessness.

About Marissa Gvozdenovich Marissa is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.

Why Choose A Bamboo Pillow?

It seems like the entire world is jumping on an obsessive trend to go more natural, reusable or organic for everything. I am not saying this trend is not a good one or that you should not consider it for yourself, I am simply commenting that maybe it deserves a little bit of your attention, not everything that is popular has to be bad or faddy.

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Bamboo may seem like an interesting material to choose for a pillow, I mean isn’t it just a tree or a plant or something? The bamboo plant actually can be used to make rayon which is a material derived from the plant to make a soft, comfortable pillow for you.

Why else should you consider a bamboo pillow other than that it is trendy and soft? It is also more natural and is made out of a plant that is abundant in the world and creates a product that is breathable and easy to clean.

Many bamboo pillows are actually hypoallergenic, dust mite free or mildew resistant which means that you are choosing an non-irritating product. This will be great for your health and make your quality of sleep better as you are not breathing in allergens and you aren’t putting your skin directly in contact with harmful pathogens.
Are bamboo pillows made 100% from bamboo?
To make the answer simple for you, no, not all bamboo pillows are made 100% from bamboo as this would not make the most comfortable or more durable pillow. The pillows are typically a mix or blend of rayon, polyester or cotton and occasionally there is even another material that can be put in the mix.

The cover or the foam can be made of the bamboo material depending on who manufactures it and how the pillow is designed. It is up to you to decide if you want the cover or the stuffing or both to be made of some kind of material derived from bamboo.

The considerations that went into selecting pillows for this list

  • Durable: A pillow is actually a small investment not only of your money but investing in to your sleep and overall wellbeing and health. It should be one that lasts through constant use, every night sleeping and through the year.
  • Hypoallergenic: While this may or may not be high on your list, a pillow being hypoallergenic is a quality that you should take seriously. If the pillow is hypoallergenic then that means that it will keep out allergens that would otherwise cause you issues breathing and sleeping.
  • Washable cover: The covers of these pillow should not just be breathable and soft but machine washable as well. You lay your head against the pillow each night, potentially dirty or while you are sweating in your sleep which means you are going to need to wash it often.
  • Breathable: The pillow itself should be either ventilated or otherwise made from a shredded memory foam that allows for adjustments and airflow to keep you cool through the evening. The cover itself should also be made of a lightweight, natural, and breathable material that allows for air to be easily pushed throughout the pillow.

The Top 5 Bamboo Pillows

Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

Snuggle-pedic is a company that is based in the United States and manufactures their pillows in the US as well so you know who is creating your pillow and what kind of standards the factories are being held to.

This pillow is made of shredded memory foam so it is breathable and adjustable and allows you to form and shape it into the exact pillow you need for your sleeping style. What that means is that any kind of sleeper will find this pillow comfortable.

The pillow is ventilated which means that you will find it is not heating up or overheating throughout the evening and you will stay cool. The cover is also made from bamboo which means it is extremely breathable.

If you are looking for a hypoallergenic pillow then this is a great option for you especially if you find that allergens or irritants slow you down. The pillow cover is machine washable so you can keep it clean.

This extremely comfortable pillow is available to you in one of three sizes depending on which size bed you have and how big or small you want the pillow to be. You can order either the standard size pillow which serves well or the queen or king size pillow.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Very breathable
  • Three size options
  • Bamboo cover

Cons:

  • Some report being very heavy
  • Some report it being very thick

Plixio 2-Pack Memory Foam Bamboo Pillows

If you share your bed with a partner or if you simply like to have more than one pillow or even if you want to provide pillows for multiple people you may LOVE Plixio’s memory foam pillows that come in a two-pack. The two-pack is actually relatively cheap and you get quality pillows that are durable and are inexpensive.

This pillow is imported and is made of bamboo and polyester which are two products that you know and trust. The case of the pillow is also made of bamboo and is soft and hypoallergenic to be good for all users.

The pillows are queen size and are marketed as being good for you if you are a snorer because they will help you to stop. The shredded memory foam holds up better than a bar of memory foam because it is more resilient and will keep its shape over time.

Pros:

  • 2 pack of pillows
  • Queen size
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Breathable bamboo cover

Cons:

  • Some report them being too hard
  • Some report them being very heavy

Sleep Whale Adjustable Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow

Sleep whale has created a fully adjustable memory foam pillow that allows you to change the fill in order to firm up the pillow or soften it to your standard. No matter if you sleep on your stomach, back or side you will find that this pillow is comfortable for your sleeping habits.

The pillow is completely hypoallergenic to keep away pathogens and allergens. It is also dust mite resistant so even while your room collects dust, you do not have to worry about it sticking to your pillow.

The cover of this pillow is not only machine washable but it is safe to put in the dryer as well so you do not have to worry about keeping it neat and clean. Not all covers are reported as being safe in the dryer so this one has the added bump.

This pillow comes with a lifetime warranty so if you find that there are any defects or issues you can return it. Hassle free returns to get a pillow without issues or your money back is a great security for you.

Pros:

  • Machine washable
  • Dryer safe
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fully adjustable

Cons:

  • Some report it not being cool
  • Some report it being too large

Original Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

Original Bamboo is a company that has a reputation for creating quality products and the shredded memory foam pillows do not fall short when it comes to that. These pillows are available to you in either the standard, queen size or in the king size if you want a slightly larger pillow.

The pillow cover is hypoallergenic which is a must today because many people have allergies that keep them up throughout the night or cause them to snore. The pillow comes with a five year warranty in case you find some kind of issue or simply do not enjoy the pillow.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Machine washable
  • Large size
  • Very comfortable

Cons:

  • Some users report poor quality
  • Some users report overly firm

Zen Bamboo Gel memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

The final addition to this list is Zen Bamboo’s creation that is designed to be cool and stay cool through the night. This pillow is made with a gel center that keeps you cool and yet supported as well.

The pillow is not only hypoallergenic, it is also dust mite resistant so you do not have to worry about pathogens or irritants driving you crazy. The bamboo cover is not only soft but breathable as well and is easy to machine wash.

The cover is also resistant to stains so even though you can send it through the washing machine, you do not have to be worried about it getting dirty. If you still are not satisfied then you can return it within thirty days.

Pros:

  • Gel foam
  • Dust mite resistant
  • Breathable cover
  • Stain resistant

Cons:

  • Some report poor packaging
  • Some report easily flattening

Closing Thoughts

While you are nodding off to sleep you may consider that the pillow you are sleeping on plays a key role in how well you can and do sleep throughout the evening. If you are looking for a more natural, breathable pillow then you may consider that a bamboo pillow is the right decision for you.

The bamboo covers on the pillows are very breathable and hypoallergenic and often very easy to wash and keep clean. Make sure that you check the tags carefully and understand what the proper cleaning instructions are before sending it through the washer.

About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.

Why Choose A Latex Pillow?

Sleep.Sleep may be something on your mind more and more lately as autumn has not only rolled in but made it clear that it is here to stay and it is a windy, cold one. What is it about the weather that just makes us more exhausted when we see grey skies and the darkening sooner?

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As you have been waiting desperately for the clocks to be turned backwards and allow us one more hour to sleep, you may have noticed you are moving more sluggishly. The autumn weather not only brings in cool and darkness to our lives, but it is also a time of business and holiday fever causing us stress.

If you are like me, your sleep is becoming a more important thing to you as it affects your health and your entire day. You may find that having a good routine is great for improving your sleep but that is not the only thing as the place you sleep, your bed and pillow all play a key role.

None of our bodies are exactly alike so the pillow you need may not just be a run of the mill standard pillow. You may like firm pillows, soft, ones that are made of memory foam or perhaps you need one specifically for acid reflux disease.

Latex pillows are maybe not something that you have considered yet and maybe it is not something you have actually heard of before. Maybe you have a lot of questions and maybe you are already writing the idea off as craziness, but bear with me.

If you think latex is an odd material for a pillow that’s probably because you are dealing with a plastic-like, cold, material that you have seen in other latex products such as gloves. But latex pillows can actually be extremely soft and comfortable as well as supportive throughout the entire night.

These pillows hold up great under pressure and are extremely resilient to the shock and pressure of your head laying on the pillow repeatedly. These pillows are particularly sturdy and will not deflate as often or as quickly as the other pillows you may find on the market, if you are looking for something long-lasting and durable, you may truly enjoy having this pillow around.

Pillows made from latex are usually washable and typically keep their shape throughout even when you clean it often. While you should stay away from the pillow if you are allergic to latex, you may find that these pillows keep irritating dust mites away much better than a standard pillow.

What to keep in mind when choosing a latex pillow?

This may seem like a no brainer, but if you do know that you already have a latex allergy then you need to stay away from these pillows. You can test to see if you have a latex allergy at your doctors office or you may know if you have come in contact with latex gloves or other products.

Make sure that you check the machine washing instructions on the particular pillow you have chosen allows you to wash it. Keep in mind that the pillows are going to be made from a slightly different material than you are used to so you may need some time adjusting to it.

Special considerations for compiling this list

  • Made with 100% latex: All of the pillows we specifically selected for this list are made with a 100% latex center so that you do not have to guess what is in your pillow.
  • Breathable, cotton cover: The cover on these pillows will also all be made with cotton at least 75% so that it is breathable and easy to wash.
  • Hypoallergenic: The pillows on our lists are made to be hypoallergenic and keep irritants off of your pillow and out of your lungs.
  • Washable: washable pillows and/or covers are a must when you are using them daily and so we have chosen pillows that are easy for you to care for.

The Top 5 Latex Pillows Of 2018

Simmons Beautyrest Latex Foam Pillow


Beautyrest is a quality company that produces latex foam pillows that are not only durable but filled with foam to keep you comfortable. This latex foam pillow is made with antimicrobial latex to keep the mites off of your pillow throughout the evening and during the day as well.

The antimicrobial layer also keeps the odors and stink from staying glued to your pillow and causing your scalp to smell or itch later on. The pillow cover is 300 thread count to be extra soft and comfortable against your face when you lay down to sleep.

This pillow can handle high impact though it is unlikely you will be bouncing your head against your pillow. It will help to relieve the pain and stress on your head, neck and shoulders without deflating and loosing the fluff and standard.

Pros:

  • Great for any sleeper
  • Resilient memory foam
  • 300 thread count cotton cover
  • Antimicrobial

Cons:

  • Some report not having the height it lists
  • Some report it being too flat

MALOUF Z 100% Natural Talalay Latex Zoned Pillow

This latex pillow by Malouf can be ordered by you in either the queen or king size depending on what you need for your bedroom and bed size. This is a thick pillow measuring seven inches high giving you the support under your head that you need.

This pillow is made with 100% latex so you do not have to worry about any kind of extra artificial or synthetic additives in your pillow that you do not know about. The pillow is not only breathable but mildew and dust proof to keep the irritants away from you and your room.

The cover is also a breathable one that you can trust because you know the only material that is used to be made. It is 100% cotton and will be both soft and easily washable.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • 100% cotton cover
  • Easily washable
  • Mildew & dust mite free

Cons:

  • Some report flattening easily
  • Some report the newer models being made with less quality

Organic Textiles All Natural Latex Pillow With Organic Cotton Outer Covering

This pillow but Organic Textiles is marketed to you as being made 100% with only one material and not with artificial materials or with something that you do not know what it is or how to pronounce it. This pillow is dust mite and mildew free and is easy to wash in the event that the pillow gets dirty.

Organic Textiles pillow is made to be hypoallergenic as well as without the harsh chemicals or heavy metals in the manufacturing, packaging and sending. The fitted cover is made out of 100% organic cotton and is removable for when you need to wash it to keep your pillow in the best condition.

You can order the pillow in either soft, firm or extra firm depending on whichever style you prefer and is good for your head, neck and body. You can also order the pillow in either standard size, queen or king to go with the size of your bed or your own personal preferences.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Mildew resistant
  • Firmness options
  • Size optional

Cons:

  • Some report the size being off
  • Some report an odor when receiving this pillow

Talatech Authentic Latex Foam Medium Density Pillow

For those of you who enjoy a medium-firm pillow this may be a good one for you, or for those of you who perhaps prefer soft or firm but can deal with slightly less or more fill. This is another pillow that is made with 100% latex fill foam that does not come with synthetic or artificial materials inside.

Because the pillow is medium firm and memory foam it is good for most any way of sleeping including combination sleeping. The pillow is not flat but also is not lifted very high so even if you sleep on your stomach it should still be comfortable for you.

This pillow is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial so the pathogens and irritants off of your pillow and away from you as you are sleeping. The cover is made of 100% cotton so it will be easy for you to wash and use again later.

Pros:

  • Made only from products you know
  • Medium firm for all sleepers
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antimicrobial

Cons:

  • Some report it being too soft
  • Some report it being too high for a pillow

Ledia Ergonomic Latex Pillow

This pillow by Ledia is interesting because it comes to your rolled up so you get a pillow that is great for you and can also be taken camping if you want to. Taken from Thailand, the latex in this pillow is the only thing that you will find in the center, nothing artificial or synthetic about it.

For those of you allergy sufferers or who are worried about irritants, you will find that this pillow is right up your alley. Not only is it hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and mildew and dust mite resistant but it is also anti-fungus to keep absolutely all of the possible irritants off the pillow, off your bed and away from you.

The pillow and the cover are made to be very breathable allowing airflow which will keep the pillow from getting hot in the night. The pillow cover is made from cotton and polyester and is easily washable for your convenience.

Pros:

  • 100% latex
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-fungus

Cons:

  • Some report a very heavy pillow
  • Some report it being very flat

Closing Thoughts

If you are searching for a pillow that will be light, breathable and easily washable then you may just like to have a latex pillow around. These are typically very supportive, highly resistant pillows that will last you quite some time.

When choosing your pillow take into account your own personal preferences, allergies and budget to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. The latex pillow option, while not for everyone, is one that is particularly durable and sturdy.

About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.

Does A Pillow Really Help With The Temperature Of My Body?

A lot of people are MUCH more comfortable sleeping with open windows and fans on even when it gets colder outside because it simply gets way too hot when you are sleeping. To try and combat the heat your body produces each night when you fall asleep, you may have considered drastic measures.

When it is very hot at night or when our body is producing excess heat and we begin to sweat, it becomes extremely uncomfortable to sleep. We begin to toss and turn and fight our pillow trying to adjust it not only to the fluff it but to get it with the cold side facing up.

While we do our best to get air flowing through our room and keep the thermostat relatively low, sometimes that is simply not enough. Many people have resorted to finding a pillow that is not only extremely comfortable but that is specifically designed to regulate the temperature or cool down the pillow.

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You may think it sounds a bit far fetched that a pillow could keep you cool and regulate the temperature while you are sleeping but they actually play a key role. Most of the heat in our bodies escapes through our hands, feet and head, meaning that our heads are releases the heat which is then absorbed and trapped in our pillow, so if you are heating up in your sleep it’s no wonder your head and neck feel hot and sweaty first.

The cooling pillows work to keep air circulated through the pillow rather than trapping it in and keeping the heat locked there. The circulated air flow allows the pillow to keep cool which in turn helps to keep you cool as the heat from your head and body transfers to the pillow.

Why choose a gel pillow?

Typical pillows absorb your heat energy and keep it stuck in the pillow which warms it rather than the heat dissipating, it lumps all together and keeps the heat tightly packed in. However, some pillows are infused with gel which is cooler than fibers and works to remain cool throughout the evening without absorbing the heat from your head onto the pillow.

You can choose from a variety of different fillings and casing combinations to find the perfect cooling pillow for you. You may have seen shredded memory foam and breathable buckwheat pillows on the market but another suggestion that may actually be the best suited for you is a pillow with a cooling gel insert.

Pillows with gel inserts specially designed for cooling at usually customizable meaning you can remove or add the gel inserts whenever you want. The cooling gel works in a different way than the pillows that simply circulate air, the gel itself is cooling.

Some pillows are labeled as breathable and cooling or great for air circulation but they thing is that the air can still get trapped and it’s not like your pillows has a built in fan that mechanically and forcibly pushes and pulls the air. The cooling gel on the other hand is made out of a gel that is designed to be a lower temperature and take longer to heat up as well as being more difficult to absorb air.

Specific considerations for compiling this list

  • Truly cooling: As you are seeking a pillow that is specifically cooling for hot sleepers, the top priority should be that the pillow is actually working to keep you cool. The pillows that have been specifically selected for list are extremely good at keeping cool and keeping you cold.
  • Highly comfortable: The pillows on this list are also extremely comfortable in whatever way you use it, for your neck, head or even to prop up your legs or under your back. The pillows are designed to support you without being too firm and uncomfortable.
  • Sturdy and supportive: These pillows have also been tested to make sure they are not only supportive but that they are sturdy and will hold up. These pillows should not break upon arrival or general use as well as not over the course of a year.
  • Machine washable: Your pillow is a very important part of you sleeping, but it can also get dirty really easily when you are laying your face against it every night. The pillows on this list are either easy to spot clean or have a removable cover that you can wash in the machine easily.
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Bluewave Bedding gel-infused slim style sleeping pillow

You can order this pillow in one of four different sizing options but they are not the typical sizes that you may be used to. Bluewave Bedding’s pillow can be ordered in either slim, super slim, ultra slim or ultra slim full pillow depending on which is more comfortable for your sleeping position.

The pillow is relatively cheap though I am not talking about the quality but only the cost, and is made of a memory foam that is gel-infused to keep you truly cool. The casing of the pillow is made of a mix between sixty percent polyester and forty percent bamboo rayon material.

The pillow is not only made of a gel-infused memory foam pillow but it is ventilated so you have two features of the pillow working towards keeping your pillow clean. The pillow is both therapeutic and extremely easy to clean once you remove the cover.

Pros:

  • Four slim size options
  • Inexpensive
  • Easily washable cover
  • Ventilated

Cons:

  • Size options do not include standard, queen or king options for a larger pillow
  • Some report it is too hard

Comfort Revolution hydraluxe cooling memory foam pillow

Cooling Comfort’s pillow is memory foam with a layer of gel overlaying the foam to give you a pillow that forms to your body as well as keeps you cool. There is hydraluxe gel in this pillow which is designed to keep you extremely cool whenever you lay on it.

The pillow is now available in two sizes, the regular, standard size pillow and the larger, queen size pillow. The difference in price for these sizes may seem a bit extreme, as it is two times more expensive for the larger pillow, but if you want more, it is worth paying more.

The pillow comes with a breathable, mesh cover that will allow for even more airflow than was already in the pillow. You can remove the pillow casing to throw it into the washer and keep it clean.

Pros:

  • Gel-layered foam
  • Hydraluxe
  • Two size options
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Queen size may be expensive
  • Some report poor packaging

PharMeDoc contour gel memory foam pillow

PharMeDoc has created an orthopedic, memory foam pillow that contours comfortably to your head and neck. There is a layer of gel in the foam pillow that keeps it extremely cool and comfortable.

The gel pillow is designed with thermoregulating technology which is a little more high tech than some other cooling pillows. The technology has been developed in response to the high need of cooling pillows and the demand for them to be perfected.

The pillow is hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant and keeps pathogens and allergens off of the pillow and away from your skin and respiratory system. The pillow case is completely machine washable and you only need to remove it and toss it in the washer to get it clean.

Pros:

  • Orthopedic
  • Open cell memory foam
  • Thermoregulating
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons:

  • Some report it is being a little to hard
  • Some report an issue with odor

Tempur-pedic tempur-cloud memory foam gel pillow

As with most tempur-pedic models, this pillow comes with two style versions, either the 2017 or 2018 version. You also can choose from either the queen or king size depending on how big of a pillow you are wanting for your bed.

The pillow is completely made in the United States where you know that the workers and companies are held to certain standards. The pillows are also made 100% of cotton which is breathable and easy to clean regardless of how dirty it will get.

These pillows come with a five year warranty in case you find any kind of issue with these pillows in the time frame. The pillow is not only sturdy but is also durable and will hold up throughout the year.

Pros:

  • American made
  • Five year warranty
  • 100% cotton cover
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Some report it easily losing its shape

Fomi thick gel and shredded memory foam pillow

This gel pillow does not only keep you cool but keeps its shape as it conforms to yours and is extremely comfortably. This pillow is extremely supportive and holds up throughout the evening and the long term picture as well.

Fomi’s pillow is fully adjustable so you can customize it to your specific needs so that the pillow can feel like it is tailor made for you. The pillow is not only made of memory foam but it is therapeutic and good for your body.

The pillow comes in only one size which is a large one but this should be great for any one because you can stretch out and move around as you wish. The pillow case is removable and allows for you to put it into the washer and clean it easily.

Pros:

  • Therapeutic
  • Fully adjustable
  • Supportive
  • Extremely cooling

Cons:

  • Some say it easily flattens
  • Some report it smells a little upon arrival

Final Thoughts

If you are searching for a better night’s sleep you may want to consider the environment and circumstances of your sleeping situations. Many things like noise, temperature, light, and our own personal sleep schedules dramatically affect the quality and length of our sleep.

To create the perfect sleep environment you obviously need to consider the above factors as well as the sleeping equipment you have in your room and on your bed. Choosing the perfect bed for you probably took some careful consideration and research, and choosing your pillow should also be an important, researched decision.

Sounds funny, right? Well, hopefully now you see just how important your pillow is to providing you with ample support and comfort as well as keeping you cool throughout the night. The temperature at which you sleep affects how well you sleep and the quality of your sleep affects your entire day and health in the long run.

If you have worked on the other elements of your sleep environment and you only have to consider the perfect pillow for you then I hope this list has offered you some help in narrowing down your options. If you are a hot sleeper, then you are going to find a cooling pillow should help a little to keep you cool and sleeping calmly.

About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.

Like most all of us, you lay your head on a pillow each night when you go to sleep, and if that’s the case then you probably want that pillow to be comfortable and in good shape. Not only can you fluff your pillow, and do your best to keep it clean, you can also put a pillow protector over it to keep dust, messes, and dirt off of your pillow daily.

A pillow protector sounds a little funny to you maybe but perhaps a pillowcase or pillow cover sounds right up your alley. Pillow protectors can be anything from the very basic, plain, white covers with a zipper on your pillow, to pillow cases or the elegant and fancy pillow shams and cases you can cover either your bed or throw pillows with.

Some use a basic pillow cover over their pillow and then a more fancy case over the top as well for protection and for style reasons. If you are looking to keep your pillow clean and free of dust mites and particles then you may want to put your focus on a protector, cover or case that fully zips closed.

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Do I need a pillow protector for my pillows?

This question really boils down to your own personal preferences for keeping your pillow, blankets, and bed room in order and clean. While some pillows are completely washable, most of the time it does damage to the pillow’s shape and form by putting the entire pillow directly into the washing machine.

It is completely natural for you to sweat in your sleep or else to transfer oils from your hair and face on to your pillows surface. While this may be a natural occurrence and does not mean anything is wrong with you, it does usually lead to a dirty, smelly pillow after a very short time.

Because your body emits these natural oils, dirt and other bodily functions, you probably are going to want to clean it and keep it fresh. This is where your pillow protector, case or cover will come in the most handy to do as it says in the name, and protect your pillow from wear and tear, dirt and damages.

The pillow protector is not a need to sleep on it or to even be very comfortable throughout the night, it is simply a very nice, added protection if you are wanting to keep the quality of your pillow in tact for a long period of time. If you are like most people, you will probably not want to purchase new pillows frequently, but to buy them once every few years and be happy that they last and are in good shape for all of the time that you have it in your house.

If you are wondering about pillow protectors for throw pillows or guest pillows then we would kindly suggest that you do invest in one or a pack of these. You can find smaller pillow protector sizes that will fit the different pillows you have and clean them easily while keeping your pillows structure in tact.

Special considerations for compiling this list

  • Easy to clean: Number one on the list of considerations for compiling this list is going to be that the pillow protectors should be easy to remove and clean. They also should be relatively easy to spot clean and be cleaned by hand in the event that a washing machine is not available.
  • Handles wear and tear: The pillow protectors for this particular list are designed to handle daily use, and removal as well as washing. You are going to use your pillow each night, possibly throughout the day and they should hold up to everyday wear and tear as well as cleaning.
  • Durability: Going hand and hand with the ability to handle everyday wear and tear, these pillows should be durable for the long haul. While it is great if the protector stays clean and does not tear on a normal day it should be lasting you about as long as the pillow does.
  • Sizing and quantity options: Something we thought you may value when choosing your pillow protector is that it should have options for different kinds of pillow sizes. Whether you need standard, smaller, or larger sizes for your home and if you need more than one for your house, then it will be good to be able to select multiple in one pack for a reasonable price.
  • Affordability: Pillow protectors do not have to be and should not be extremely expensive because it is in fact a rather thin piece of fabric. Though it can be sturdy and valuable to you it does not need to cost you a leg and an arm.
  • Hypoallergenic: Every single pillow on this list is hypoallergenic and made in factories that do not contain common allergens. They are also typically dust mite resistant to keep not only pathogens but unwanted irritants away from you while you are sleeping.

The Top 5 Pillow Protectors For You

Allersoft 100% cotton pillow protector

This pillow is made of a breathable cotton material and that is the only material that goes into making this cover so you can rest assured knowing what is it made of. The pillow is hypoallergenic, and resistant to dust mites and bed bugs as well.

You can order this pillow in a variety of sizes and quantities in order to get as many as you need to fill the home. You can choose standard, queen or king size in a pack from one to four.

This pillow protector is made in the USA and is backed by a lifetime warranty to give you quality you can trust.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Inexpensive
  • Bed bug resistant
  • Made in the USA

Cons:

  • Some report inconsistencies in quality
  • Some report size inaccuracies

Home Fashion Designs 4-pack pillow protectors

Though the title stipulates that this is a four pack of pillow protectors, you can order these in the options of two, four, six or even eight if you need it. The size options are jumbo, or queen size, king or standard size.

The pillow is made with four hundred thread count which means it is exceptionally soft and plush against your face. If you want to use this pillow protector alone then you can because it is extremely comfortable.

The pillow is made of one hundred percent cotton so there is no guessing what has gone into the makeup of your pillow. It is hypoallergenic and completely dust mite resistant so you can trust that the irritants will be kept at bay.

Pros:

  • Sizing options
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dust mite resistant
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Some report cheaply made
  • Some report protectors arriving damaged

SureGuard Mattress Protectors cotton terry covers

The quality you may find extremely interesting and useful in this pillow is that it is completely waterproof. This means that the pillow itself is spill proof and will be able to take your daily mishaps as well as sweat with ease.

The pillow is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites and bed bugs as well so you do not have to worry about those pesky mites living in your pillow and crawling over your head. It is a breathable pillow and is easy to wash when you follow the care instructions which also allows you to cleanse the bugs off of the case in case they somehow got in there.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • 100% waterproof
  • Bed bug resistant
  • Cotton terry

Cons:

  • Slightly more expensive
  • Some report an odor

Hospitality Products 2-pack hypoallergenic protectors

This is another waterproof pillow protector that will absorb your sweat without getting you wet in the night as well as handle any spills easily. While it advertises that your pillow protector does not need to be washed, it does not mean that it is unwashable.

You can order the pillow protectors in either standard, queen or king size pillows depending on which you need the most. There is a five year warranty in case you have an issue with these pillow protectors.

The pillow protector is made of polyester so some may find that this makes it actually easier for you to sweat on and may be a downside. The pillow is designed to help you with your breathing while sleeping.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Waterproof
  • Hypoallergenic
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Some report headaches
  • Hot

Everlasting Comfort 2-pack waterproof comfort

This two pack pillow protector comes to you in either standard, queen or king size depending on what you need for your living space. It is completely waterproof and relatively inexpensive so it is affordable to most.

The pillow is extremely breathable and machine washable so you will be kept cool at night and even in the event that you do sweat, you will be able to wash it easily. The pillow protector is closed via a zipper and comes to you with a lifetime warranty.

This pillow is hypoallergenic as well as dust mite resistant which you know by now is a must for keeping unwanted irritants off of your pillow and away from you. The protectors are not only comfortable but extremely durable as well.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Machine washable
  • Waterproof
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons:

  • Some say it is too tightly closed
  • Does not help to keep cool

Closing Thoughts

Sleep is one of the most important parts of your day believe it or not, because it affects your daily routines and your overall health. The equipment and atmosphere that you set in your room or sleeping environment is extremely important and you should be careful choosing the items for your bed.

Once you have decided on the bed, and mattress for you then you probably moved on to seeking out the perfect pillow. The pillow then should be kept in top quality, not lumpy or misshapen, and a pillow protector may be the right decision for you.

Pillow protectors should be light, easy to wash, hypoallergenic and fit snugly around your pillow, while allowing room for a fancier pillow case. You can easily use a simple pillow protector long term or you can use a basic one in combination with a more fancy pillow case, cover or even a sham.

About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.


What Is A Throw Pillow

If you’re a woman, this may be an argument you have had regularly with your husband: do we really need throw pillows? There may be some confusion over needs and wants and what the entire point of the throw pillow is, inside your home.

Throw pillows make nice accents and decoration for your household, making your bed and sofas look fuller. You may be wondering why the sofa needs pillows and why these particular pillows are not made to be used.

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These are like the guest bedroom or the hand towels in the bathroom that you are not allowed to use or even the good china that seems to just sit in the house collecting dust, they are designed to make your home more beautiful and cozy.

They are not completely useless, and are not only for decorating as you can use these pillows because good ones are designed to be very comfortable much like a normal pillow. While many people do not like the throw pillows to be used because they can go flat, you can look for extra plump pillows and fluff them often to give the effect of being full and new.

If you need to loan your pillow out when a guest stays the night with you, these pillows will be enough and more comfortable for them to sleep on than without one.

Do I Really Need Throw Pillows?

Many of us ask ourselves this question at least once or twice in our lifetime, especially when we begin shopping and check the price tags on the pillow inserts and the cases. Maybe this question comes up for you more if you have small children or pets at home who seem to make it their life’s work to destroy all of the nice things in your home.

While you can technically live without throw pillows, and they are not a must or need for survival or good sleep, you may want to consider adding them to your home anyway. The reason for this is because they really do class the place up a little more and make it feel more like a home.

You may be wondering if no one goes in your bedroom then there really is not a point to adding the decor, but do you not want your room to be a place that you enjoy going to? Your room is your personal safe haven where you can go to find rest and to be yourself, so it should be a comfy place that feels like home and feels like it was made especially for you.

Okay, okay, so we need throw pillows for the bed, but what about the sofa? Do I REALLY need to be shelling out money to decorate my sofa where we are only sitting?

This again comes down to your personal style and how you want your home and your living space to look. Do you want it to look fuller, classier and more cozy than just a bare sofa, or are you okay with blandness?

That decision is yours alone.

Special Considerations For Creating And Compiling This List

  • Plush and soft: While the pillows listed on this particular index are only inserts, without covers, the pillow itself should be relatively comfortable. You may just be throwing this on the sofa to add some color, but you do not want it to be stiff, but cushy, soft and plump.
  • Shape and design: These pillows are mostly all square shaped as that is the most popular design of throw pillows and is good for the bedroom as well as the living room. The size and design should be relatively small but not so small that you cannot display it or even use it for your head if and when needed.
  • Durability: These pillows are small and not used nearly as often as our regular pillows get used but that does not mean they should not be long lasting. In fact, because you do not use them regularly they should easily last you years and should hold up to normal household wear and tear.
  • Allergy-free or without harsh chemicals: Since these pillows are going in your house, on your bed and sofas, you probably want them to be made out of materials you know, and lacking the harsh chemicals, metals and allergens that you don’t need. Pillows are things you do not only use daily but you typically put your skin directly on, and we chose only the most user-friendly products for this list.

Top 5 Throw Pillows

Foamily Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow

You can order this pillow in a variety of sizes depending on what you need for your bedroom and you can order multiple pillows in different sizes to work together. The price is very low yet the quality does not get depleted just because it is cheaper.

The pillow is marketed as being a resilient pillow that can be fluffed and refluffed as often as you need it to be. This will help you decide which you need because if the other pillows flatten easily then you will be disappointed.

This pillow is sourced and manufactured in the United states which means that it is produced somewhere you know with products you need.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Cheap price
  • Resilient
  • Does not flatten easily

Cons:

  • Some report inaccurate sizing
  • Some report not filled enough

Miulee 2-pack Decorative pillow

This is a two-pack deal of Miulee’s best throw pillows to go with your home decor in a variety of sizes to best equip you with what you need. You will get two symmetrical pillows that will look good on the end of your sofa or at the head of your bed.

The pillows are completely adjustable as you can simply zip open the pillows and add or remove the stuffing inside to your fill preference. The pillows are a cotton and polyester blend so you know the materials and trust them for your furniture.

The cover is made out of 100% cotton so you do not even have to guess what is inside, as it is completely made of one thing. The pillow itself is hypoallergenic so you can say goodbye to allergens and irritants interrupting your sleep or irritating your skin.

Pros:

  • Two symmetrical pillows
  • Fully adjustable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • 100% cotton cover

Cons:

  • Some report not machine washable
  • Some report poor zipper quality

LunarTex Down Pillow 2-pack

If you are looking for something a bit more upscale then you may want to try out feather pillows to add to the throw in your room. If you are already using feather pillows in your home for your other pillows you may already know how extremely comfortable and incredibly cozy these pillows are.

You get two pillows when you place your order with this company meaning that you will have symmetry in your room when you add them to your furniture. No longer do you have to try desperately to match your pillow sizes up together as you will know these are certified to be copies of one another.

The pillow cover is made out of 100% cotton and is machine safe so you can throw it in the wash and rest assured that it will remain in the same high quality that it was when you first opened it. You can order these pillows in a variety of sizes depending on what your room needs.

Pros:

  • Machine washable
  • Size options
  • Down feather
  • 2 for the price of one

Cons:

  • Some report incorrect sizing
  • Some report the pillows being very flat

Acanva 2-pack Oblong Pillow

Acanva has created for you a throw pillow that comes in another shape so that you can mix and match the throw pillows on your bed. The oblong pillow works well in the center of your bed or sofa between other pillows.

You can buy this pillow made from America or imported from another country but either way it is made out of 100% polyester fiber. You can order this pillow in several different sizes to fit your space perfectly.

The pillow is hypoallergenic and provides you with a pillow that is safe for your entire family to lay with, without encountering unwanted irritants. The 100% polyester cover will allow you to rest your head against a soft, comfortable surface.

Pros:

  • Size options
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fun shape
  • 100% polyester cover

Cons:

  • Some report inconsistencies in products
  • Some say the pillows are flat

Hippih 4-pack Hypoallergenic Pillows

You can order Hippih brand pillows in either a two or four pack of hypoallergenic pillows that are high quality and keep your away from all of the allergens. This pillow is made from a thick, polyester fiber that keeps your pillow in good condition.

This pillow is very durable and the polyester used to construct it is designed to hold up over time. It is easy to fluff up and keep in good, plump condition over time.

The pillow is adjustable and you can take out the stuffing or put in the stuffing depending on how firm or flat you prefer it to be. You can wash it by following the instructions on the tags.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Size options
  • 2 or 4-pack
  • Fluffs easily

Cons:

  • Some report not enough filling
  • Some report difficulty fluffing

Final Thoughts

If you are interested in investing in throw pillows to help spruce your house up a little bit, then you may want to take your time shopping around. We have done our best to narrow the list and make that process altogether more hassle free by researching, testing and evaluating the best pillows on the market today.

The pillows that you have seen listed here are high quality, and come without the guilt of being made with irritants in the fabric. You do not have to worry about putting these pillows out around your family or your guests.

If you are looking to add to your house, these throw pillows will go great on either your bed or your sofa, depending on which needs them. In any case, you can just add them to both, as they go great in either place.

It is important to note nad reiterate that these pillows are not designed to be slept on, but rather just to sit in the room as decoration. While they can be used to rest your head, prop your back or legs up or rest neck, they are not specifically for this purpose and may deflate faster than other pillows.

About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.


It seems like so many of us these days fall under the category of being an “allergy sufferer” as not only food allergies but household allergens and seasonal allergies have been wreaking havoc on our systems. For this reason, the word “hypoallergenic” has just become a buzz word in society as all kinds of products and companies are marketing and labeling products as hypoallergenic.

Hypoallergenic means that the pillow is free from allergens and does not collect irritants that may cause you to have an allergic reaction throughout the evening. The pillow is made without products that easily spike allergies, and the entire factory it is produced in does not contain any of the most common allergens.

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Special considerations for creating this list

  • Comfortable: These pillows have been selected because they are extremely comfortable not only for one time use but over a period of time.
  • Durable: These pillows are sturdy and hold up throughout the night and are durable enough to last you throughout the year.
  • Hypoallergenic: As in the title of this particular article, the pillows on this list are each hypoallergenic and many go the extra step to being dust mite resistant.

Top 5 Hypoallergenic Pillows

Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Pillow

As you may have noticed, the company uses the word “premium” in the title and marketing of this pillow because it is not just standard, common, or good but actually a superior pillow that can be called premium. This pillow is particularly wonderful because it is completely adjustable so you can make it firmer or flatter depending on which type of pillow you are more comfortable sleeping on.

This pillow is made of a material known as shredded visco elastic memory foam that is then encased with a mixed material that is made up of sixty percent polyester and forty percent bamboo rayon. The pillow is made completely in the United States by companies you know and people you live and work by.

These pillows are each made to be completely hypoallergenic to fit the criteria you are searching for and keep allergens off of the surface of your pillow and out of your body’s systems. The pillow is also resistant to dust mites which is good for those of you who suffer from dust allergies as well as just keeping your pillow clean.

This pillow is made completely without ozone depleters, harsh chemicals or heavy metals so it is not only hypoallergenic but safe for you and your family. The pillow is machine washable and is available to you in one of two sizes, either queen or king size.

Pros:

  • Made without harsh chemicals or metals
  • Large pillow sizes
  • Fully adjustable
  • Dust mite resistant

Cons:

  • Non-cotton cover
  • Some report an odor upon arrival

Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow (2-Pack)

If you are a hot sleeper or one who simply has overheated in the past, and sweats through the evening, you may find that this particular hypoallergenic pillow is great for you, because it is made of cooling gel fibers. Though there is gel in the fiber work of this pillow, it does not keep the pillow from being extremely comfortable and even plush.

This pillow is hypoallergenic and keeps the allergens clear from irritants, but is also is dust mite, mildew and mold resistant regardless of where you leave the pillow in your house, workplace or guest home. Hypoallergenic is a really wonderful feature to have in your pillow, but being free of dust mites, mold and mildew is a step up because mold and mildew can cause some serious health problems.

These pillows are designed to be not only stain resistant but fade resistant as well which keeps your pillows looking clean and new. You can wash the pillows as often as you need to in order keep it in great condition, and can be purchase in queen or king size options.

Pros:

  • 2 pack for the price of the one
  • Mold and mildew free
  • Fade and stain resistant
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Some report being overly soft
  • Some report having some neck pain

Digital Decor 2-pack Down Alternative Pillows

Digital Decor is a great option for two pack pillows at a reasonable price and even better than that it is a new option for filling of the pillow, as most are simply memory foam or shredded memory foam, while this is down alternative pillow. Though it is not all natural down, it is offering you another alternative while you are searching for a hypoallergenic pillow.

This pillow is completely manufactured, cleaned, packaged, and sent by American workers with standards that are used and trusted in the United States. The company boasts that this pillow is made with only the highest quality products so when you order the two pillows you can rest assured that you are making a good purchase.

The casing of the pillow is made from a fiber that you know, trust and love, and it is completely made from only one fiber and that is 100% hypoallergenic cotton. The thread count of this pillow is a high one, at 200, which makes it more plush, softer and smoother against your face when you go to sleep each night.

You can order these pillows in a two pack for a very reasonable price that you could only buy one of if you chose a typical down pillow. The pillows are specifically designed so that you can sleep on the pillow in any position that you would feel the most comfortable in, be it on your back, stomach, or on your side.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive two-pack
  • The US made
  • High thread count
  • Perfect for all positions

Cons:

  • Not actually down
  • Maybe too soft

Snuggle-Pedic Shredded Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow

Snuggle-pedic sounds like a company you want to love and trust just by hearing the name, i mean, snuggling is something we all love and it makes us feel not only comfortable, but warm and fuzzy and it gets us through some rough times. But the name isn’t the only thing that is important in this company, they also specialize in creating quality sleep products, that are sturdy, comfortable and reliable.

This pillow seems to be an all-in-one kind of pillow that takes care of many issues people have with pillows and makes it available to all different kind of sleepers. The pillow is marketed as being great for combination sleepers which means it is great for those who sleep on their back, stomach, side or even all three of the types each time.

The pillow is made of hypoallergenic shredded memory foam that allows you to completely adjust the pillow to your specific fill needs, rather firm or soft. This is also what makes the pillow great for the wide range of sleeping styles.

While it is great that this pillow is made to be hypoallergenic, it is even better that is sent in an eco-friendly way which most pillows do now come with. The pillows are made without ozone depleters, harsh chemicals or heavy metals from the beginning of the process to the end.

The pillow can be purchased in one of three different sizing options from standard, to queen to king size pillows. You can choose your pillow and test it out for 120 days and if you find an issue you can make good on your warranty and send it back, hassle-free.

Pros:

  • A company you trust
  • Great for combination sleepers
  • Shredded memory foam
  • 120-day warranty

Cons:

  • Some report neck pain
  • Slightly expensive

In Style Furnishings 2-pack Down Alternative Pillows

In Style Furnishings has created a 2-pack option of down alternative pillows that are hypoallergenic and comfortable. The pillows are relatively cheap and comes in two size options in either the standard or queen size pillow.

The pillows are not only made hypoallergenically but they are shipped without chemicals and irritants that you do not want in your home. You can wash these pillows easily by spot cleaning them or you can put it in the washer to get it clean.

The pillow needs time to be unwrapped, fluffed and come to the full capacity, so give it a little time to fluff up. The pillow is dust, mold and mildew free as well as hypoallergenic in order to keep absolutely all irritants out of your sleep cycle.

Pros:

  • 2-pack pillows
  • Sent without chemicals
  • Cheap
  • Dust. mold and mildew resistant

Cons:

  • Some report it is very firm
  • Some report not supportive enough

Closing Thoughts

If you are looking to have a good night’s rest without an issue with your allergies or to have more allergens stick to the pillow. Hypoallergenic pillows are made with the consumers in mind, so they are very careful when creating the pillows without allergens to irritate you.

When you choose a pillow, make sure that you read the label to know exactly what materials are in the pillow and that they are natural and do not contain heavy metals or toxins that would irritate your sleep. While no pillow is completely full proof, a pillow that is free from allergens will help you to breathe better which helps you to sleep better and get on to a better day.

About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.