All you need to know about Fast Asleep Pillows

Choosing a pillow

There are many factors that affect the quality of your sleep you get each night. One of these is your pillow. Choosing the wrong pillow can exacerbate headache, neck and shoulder tension. Taking time to determine which pillow is best for you based on your sleeping habits and personal needs will help ensure that you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Why Fast Asleep pillows?

Fast Asleep’s vast range of pillows caters for all sleeping positions. Our pillows provide support for your neck and upper back, which is the most important role a pillow needs to fulfil when you are asleep. We need this support due to the human spine being naturally curved. Having this support for your head and neck helps to maintain proper alignment of those areas of the spine resulting in a perfect balance of total comfort and superior support throughout the night.

Spend a few nights discovering your favourite sleeping position

Think about your most preferred sleeping position. Some people sleep primarily on their back, some on their side and some prefer their stomach. Knowing which position you tend to sleep in is important for picking the correct pillow.

Although you may already have a pretty good idea what your preferred sleeping position is, its still advised to take a few nights to confirm it. When getting ready to fall asleep, spend a few minutes on your back, side and on your stomach. See which feels the most comfortable. If you spent half an hour on your back and haven’t fallen asleep, it’s probably not your preferred position.

Try to be aware and keep track of the position when waking in the morning and compare over a few days once you’ve distinguished what kind of sleeper you are, which will guide you to your perfect Fast Asleep pillow.

You will need a soft, fairly flat pillow. Having a soft pillow will allow your neck to stay more in line with your spine.

Look for a medium thick pillow. You don’t want it too thick or it will push your head too far forward. Also not too soft or your head will sink down into the mattress. In this case you may want a pillow which is thicker and firmer on the bottom, to provide that neck support.

You will need a thicker, firmer pillow to help support the neck.

If you find many positions comfortable throughout the nights, look for a pillow that is of medium thickness and a bit softer so it can be used comfortably in different positions.

Available Foams

Offers a more buoyant support in cushions when compared to memory foam, which sinks and moulds to your body. Latex foam actively reduces pressure points, making it an excellent option for cushions.

Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam formulated to have a slow recovery to its original shape once depressed. It is this slow recovery that gives it its ability to support without the pressure associated with conventional foams.

Memory foam is used in the manufacture of certain items to take advantage of its pressure relieving properties. People who are confined to a bed or wheelchair are prone to conditions associated with poor blood circulation such as bedsores.

Benefits of memory foam: Memory foam is temperature sensitive and uses natural body heat to conform to the persons’ body, head and neck shape. This high level of support and pressure relieving properties are now available in our Fast Asleep range of products

Polyurethane foam is the technical name for foam utilised in general use ie. in the manufacture of beds, pillows, car seats, lounge suites etc. Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam that has been specially formulated to give a slow recovery to its original shape once depressed. Normal polyurethane foam in beds, car seat etc. return back to their original shape very quickly once depressed.

Why formulate a slow recovery ‘memory foam’?

The comfort and pressure relief properties of a foam is dependent on how quickly it wants to return to its original shape. The slower the recovery, the more comfortable and pressure relieving the foam is. Normal polyurethane foam in beds and car seats offer more support than comfort because of their quick recovery.

Memory foam is also polyurethane foam but memory foam is specially formulated to provide more comfort and pressure relief than normal foams.