A comfortable and suitable pillows is one of the basic requirements for a restful sleep, which in turn is essential for a healthy, balanced psyche. So it is not surprising that the pillow is a cross-cultural concept as a metaphor for calm.
And thoughtful action: “May they grow old on a pillow” is what newlyweds in Turkey wish if one hopes for a harmonious marriage for them. In Spain, people “consult” extensively with their pillows before making important decisions, and we Germans, who are pragmatic, like to slam the bedroom door behind us with a “good conscience is a gentle pillow”.
But not only for a healthy soul, also as a guarantee for physical stability, the symptom-free, colloquially formulated “listening to the pillow” should not be underestimated. And yet one in four does not leave their bed energetic, but rather exhausted and filled with neck pain, which could be avoided if they had the right headrest for them. Retrofitting is the word of the evening when it comes to a good night’s sleep.
With our selection of high-quality pillows, even demanding pillow users can have a good start to the morning, because our range meets a wide variety of needs. As a rule, the cushions are not only available in different sizes, but when it comes to covers and inlets, they are almost exclusively made from first-class materials of natural origin – free of harmful substances and animal harm.
You can choose whether you want to bed your head on future-oriented fillers such as lyocell or stone pine in the future, or whether you prefer to count sheep lying on virgin wool. And of course you can also sleep with a classic suspension, if you want. Is the decision difficult? The French would probably say “good advice comes overnight” and advise you to sleep on it.
Between ergonomics and comfort. Find the right pillows
We spend about a third of our lives sleeping in our beds. But we only get up really refreshed and full of energy if we can relax and regenerate our muscles optimally during sleep. If the spine does not form a straight line while sleeping and bends too much upwards, downwards or to the side in the neck area.
The freshly purchased pillow is not only exposed as a bad investment, but can also seriously endanger health and well-being. Because we tend to have bad posture and associated neck tension during the day due to a lot of office work and other sedentary activities, a wrongly designed night camp can all in all lead to permanent pain. And not only that:
Explore the essence of the night’s rest. The sleeping position
In addition to the optimal interplay of pillows, mattress and slatted frame (the rule here is that the softer the lying surface, the flatter the pillow is), it is crucial to choose the right upholstery in which position you mainly sleep.
- The side sleeper:The side position is the most popular sleeping position. If you sleep on your side, you need a pillow that helps you to lie stable with your shoulder on the mattress without your head bending down. This works best with a narrow pillow of 40×60 or 40×80 centimeters. These dimensions adapt well to the cavity between the shoulder and the head. A neck support pillow is also well suited, leaves the shoulders at a right angle to the mattress and keeps the spine straight. The required height of the pillow is determined by the width of the shoulders. The wider the cross, the higher the pillow can be. An 80×80 centimeter pillow, on the other hand, is rather unsuitable for this sleeping position, as it is easily too high when crumpled or folded and often too flat in a simple position.
- The back sleeper: Those who mainly sleep on their backs need a flat pillow so that their head stays horizontal and does not bend upwards. It is primarily about optimally supporting the cervical lordosis, the backward, slight curve of the neck. This works with back sleepers with a pillow size of 80×80 centimeters, with a 40×80 centimeter pillow and a neck support pillow.
- The mixed sleeper: Most people change their sleeping position at night – they are so-called mixed sleepers. Therefore, you need a pillow that supports these night changes and adapts to the respective position together with the mattress. For this, too, narrow cushions of 40×60 or 40×60 centimeters are ideal. Neck support pillows and pillows with several chambers also do a good job here, as they can be flexibly adapted to changing sleeping positions.
Valuable for the inside. The main thing is pillows filling
Once the sleeping position has been determined, you can do justice to it with the right pillow filling. In addition to a well-made shell made of high-quality materials, the filler plays an essential role here. It not only decides on the stability that a pillow can provide in the long term, but also plays the main role in sleeping comfort and cosiness. After all, Frau Holle loved her goose feather pillows not only because of their supportive effect. Here are the most important differences between the inlets we offer:
- Virgin sheep’s wool: As natural hair, virgin sheep’s wool is a filler with both firm and elastic properties. It is easy to shape, but unlike other animal hair, it can be shaken up again at any time, as it is often used in the form of balls for pillow fillings. Sheep’s wool is characterized by good temperature regulation and effective moisture transport and is therefore also a good choice for people who sweat more. Due to a residual lanolin content, the individual fibers have a natural self-cleaning effect that can be activated by regular ventilation.
- Feathers and down:Goose feathers are the classic for fluffy and soft pillow fillings and they are still one of the most frequently used, high-quality fillers. While down gives a pillow that extra portion of softness, the amount of feather determines the pillow’s firmness and thus also its support. A perfectly coordinated ratio of both types of springs leads to maximum cushion comfort. Since they are very warm, feather pillows are more suitable for the winter time or people who get cold quickly. Their moisture-balancing properties ensure a good bed climate and since they are generally less prone to mites, allergy sufferers can also let their heads sink into a feather pillow. However, a painless plucking for geese is not possible, which is why you should only buy pillows
- Stone pine flakes: The stone pine (Pinus cembra) grows preferentially at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,000 meters, is extremely frost hardy and can live up to 1,000 years. Their pleasantly scented wood is said to have calming and sleep-promoting properties, which is why stone pine has always been traditionally used in bedroom furniture in alpine regionsand interior cladding is used. But stone pine flakes are also becoming increasingly popular as components for duvet and pillow fillings – mostly in combination with virgin sheep’s wool, which, with its temperature and moisture balancing properties, is a perfect complement to the positive properties of stone pine. The essential oils and resins contained in the wood, which are able to calm even restless sleepers, are responsible for the typical tart, aromatic stone pine scent.
- Lyocell: A synthetic fiber of natural origin, that is Lyocell. Fast-growing woods (e.g. eucalyptus wood) from sustainable forestry are used as raw material, which – in contrast to conventionally grown cotton – manage without artificial irrigation and the use of pesticides. Lyocell has an exceptionally smooth surface, which ensures a balanced sleeping environment in both cold and warm ambient temperatures. Cushions filled with this fiber are not only soft and cozy, but also very tear-resistant and durable. Their good moisture-transporting properties ensure a dry sleep even for heavily sweating people. In addition, Lyocell is completely biodegradable and can be easily composted.
- Natural rubber: The coagulated, i.e. coagulated, milky sap of the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is the perfect filling for neck support pillows, as it enables a static and at the same time elastic head rest. The height should definitely be adapted to personal needs so that there is no tension after long-term use. For this reason, cushions with a rubber core are often offered in different heights.
For long-lasting comfort. Proper pillows care
Over time, every pillow loses a bit of height and elasticity due to heavy nocturnal stress, but with proper care, high-quality pillows are robust and have a long shelf life. Especially when the cover and inlets are made of natural materials that can be cleaned, the pillows do not have to be replaced after the usual two to three years, but can serve in your bedroom for a considerably longer period of time. Here are a few tips for a long pillow life:
- Shaking up: As a daily ritual, shaking up maintains the function and fluffiness of a pillow. An exception are usually natural hair pillows (unless the filling is in the form of beads, as is the case with virgin sheep’s wool). Shaking it up can destroy the cohesion of the fibers and professional cleaning is recommended.
- Airing out: As with all bedding, regular airing is also mandatory for pillows so that the moisture that has penetrated the pillow overnight can dry out. In this way you prevent molds from multiplying and possibly triggering allergies or symptoms of illness. However, the pillow does not belong in the blazing sun, as the filling materials dry out and become brittle.
- To wash: Washable fillings such as lyocell or feathers can be put in the washing machine several times a year. This reduces the number of dust mites in the pillow and counteracts unpleasant odors. However, high-quality pillows should only be washed at the appropriate temperature and with the appropriate detergent – preferably on a gentle cycle or a wool cycle. However, a pillow always takes up a lot of space and should not be washed with other items of laundry. Special washing balls ensure that the filler stays loose and does not clump together. For drying, a pillow absolutely belongs in the dryer – this is the only way that it retains its adaptability and is really completely dry. If you do not have the appropriate device, it is better to have your pillows cleaned professionally.
- Refurbishing : With long-life feather pillows, professional refurbishing is worthwhile after a few years. The ticking is separated from the cover and treated separately. Broken and broken springs are replaced with new, intact ones.