4 Tips For Keeping Your Pillow Fluffy Longer

a-fluffy-pillow

We’ve all seen it before; an old flat, lumpy pillow. Looking less like a plump pillow from the IKEA catalogue, this pillow looks more like that adorable blobfish picture that was extremely popular on the Internet a couple of years ago. It’s the pillow you find at a budget motel, it’s the pillow you get if you had the bad luck to have had an overnight (or longer) stay at a hospital. If you prop this pillow up vertically on its shorter end, the top likely flops forward, folding the pillow in half as years and years of heads being placed in its middle has caused its insides to basically congeal into two separate lumps. Lying down on this pillow is like lying in a valley, and the back of your head is so close to the mattress you might as well not be using a pillow. Meanwhile, the lumpy sides of the pillow fold in over your face from the weight, and no doubt the smell is not a good one.

The question is, what is the state of your pillow? Is it a beautifully fluffy 5-star level hotel pillow from the Ritz or more like a sad hospital pillow? For me, being a side sleeper (as most people are), a pillow’s loft (the height at which it rests when laid flat) is very important for my comfort, as I only use high loft pillows for side sleepers. I personally recommend getting this pillow if you’re a picky side sleeper like me. So if my pillow were to lose its fluffiness, it would make me a sad, grumpy panda. Of course, this does not apply to some synthetic pillows such as those made of memory foam or latex. That being said, how do we keep our pillows fluffier for longer? Fear not! We have compiled 4 basic and simple tips that anyone can use to keep their pillows fluffy and their sleep comfy. Let’s take a look.

  1. Practice Mixed Martial Arts Moves On Your Pillow – Violence is bad, but violence can also make your pillows fluffy! This manual method is probably the easiest way to fluff up your pillow, and you probably know about it, have done it yourself, or have seen it in movies. What most people don’t know however is that just like the practice of combat and martial arts, there are specific techniques for pillow fluffing that will maximize your efficiency and your pillow’s fluffiness. I would like to introduce readers to 3 techniques: the Accordion, the Double Punch, and the Squeeze & Shake. In the Accordion, you grab your pillow by both ends, and ummmm, play it like an accordion. Make sure to do it quickly and firmly. In the Double Punch, you punch both ends of your pillow simultaneously with your fists to blast those lumps away. And for the Squeeze & Shake, you squeeze the pillow inward from both ends and then shake it. Make sure you squeeze it at least five times before shaking though.
  1. pillow-washingJust Wash Them – In addition to its main purpose, which is keeping your pillow smelling and looking clean and fresh, washing your pillows can also help maintain the fluffiness of a pillow. It does this by cleaning away dirt, mildew, and any other buildup (such as dead skin cells and dust mites) that are a contributing factor to your pillow’s lumpiness. We recommend you wash your pillows at least twice yearly (not your pillowcase, wash those weekly!).
  1. tennis-balls-trickDry Them With Balls – Tennis balls that is. While you may already be aware that placing pillows in your dryer are a good way to keep them fluffy (and you need to dry them after washing anyway), you probably were not aware of this one weird trick to keep your pillows fluffier for longer (pillow companies hate him!). During your drying cycle (which should be about one hour on moderate heat) place a couple of fresh tennis balls in there as well. This will cause the tennis balls to help ‘beat’ the lumpiness out of your pillow. If the only tennis balls you can find are stained with grass and your dog’s saliva, place them in individual socks and tie the sock at the end. You can use this method anytime; not just after washing.
  1. Make Them Feel The Heat – Of the sun. One of the big things that make your pillow lumpy is moisture. So giving them a good sun dry can wick away any moisture that remains after drying or simply as a drying method in and of itself. Try three to four hours on a clothesline. In addition, the sun is a great way of giving your pillow a natural disinfectant treatment.

Thank you for reading this article, may you live long and prosper and your pillows stay fluffy forever.

Mattresses: How The Right Choice Can Affect The Comfort Of Your Bed

a-warm-looking-bed

When we lie down to sleep in our beds every night, most of us do not think of what makes them comfortable. Is it the pillows perhaps? What about the bed linens? While it may seem obvious enough, it is actually the mattress which mostly affects how the entire bed feels like. Many mattress companies do not specialize in only one type of mattress, but they almost always manufacture a few in order to account for the many preferences and needs of their customers. Open coil mattresses are generally cheaper compared to the other 3 types of mattresses. Its support layer consist of single springs that are further connected to one another by a single wire. Open coil mattresses have the disadvantage of being less independent, which means that they often move as a whole. This can be bad if you’re sharing a bed with your partner because every movement of yours will be registered across the entire mattress and your partner’s sleep may be disturbed whenever that happens.

memory-foam-bed-paddingMemory foam mattresses are some of the more expensive bunch around thanks to its visco-elastic top layer that can make you feel as if you’re wrapped in a cocoon while you sleep. A memory foam mattress shape bends and forms around your body, but because of that, the mattress will seem warmer as well. These mattresses are often claimed to be the best because they really do feel extra warm and comfortable during the cold nights. Of course, this also means that in summer, your bed will feel much hotter too. There have since been improvements made to fix this disadvantageous feature but not many manufacturers have been willing to include this in their mattresses because it’s simply more expensive to do so.

Pocket sprung mattresses, as opposed to open coil, each have their own individual spring pockets. This is an improved version of open coil mattresses that allow each individual spring to function independently of one another, thus giving the impression of a more balanced weight distribution. This is a great choice for couples as you wouldn’t have to worry about having your sleep interrupted by every single movement that your partner makes while asleep. Although they do not mould to the shape of your body like foam mattresses do, they’re still great for comfort whilst maintaining a reasonable price of below $200 (on average).

a-latex-mattress-by-botanical-blissThe latex mattress is the least common type of mattress alongside water and airbeds. Due to their highly resilient and generally tough material, a latex mattress will feel a lot firmer but that in effect increases its durability too. A latex mattress that’s well maintained and cared for can easily last over 10 years. The seemingly tough surface of the mattress can be remedied by adding a mattress topper but that can bump up the cost of the entire bed by quite a bit.

Rather than forking out a premium for the fact that the mattress is ‘all-natural’ and banking on it being sufficiently comfortable to sleep on, I’d rather invest in a memory foam or even inner spring mattress for the reason that they’re much more practical. If you’re still very sure that you want a latex mattress, at least make sure that you test it out in a shop for at least 10 minutes before pulling the trigger.