The choice of pillow
Sleeping on a good mattress is of course essential, but a good pillow is also very important. The pillow should offer evenly distributed support for your head, increasing your sleeping comfort.
A good pillow ensures that your head will remain in a straight, neutral and well-supported position while you sleep, preventing any neck and back problems. It is important to gear the choice of pillow to your sleeping position; there are pillows designed specifically for every sleeping position. This is why it is important to know which position you normally sleep in: on your side, back, stomach or a combination of these. A pillow also should not have any pressure points, and should feel soft to the touch to ensure optimal circulation.
neutral and straight
dependent on your sleeping position
no pressure points
People who sleep on their sides experience the greatest amount of pressure on their shoulders, and need more support for their neck. A firmer pillow is necessary in order to keep your head parallel to your shoulder to provide better support for your neck, and to bridge the gap between your ear and shoulder.
It is important for your head to lie in the same line as your backbone. If you have a larger-than-average build, you need a very firm pillow.
In general, back sleepers prefer to lie with their neck higher up in bed. This is however dependent on the curvature of your back. The greater the curvature, the higher the pillow should be. A typical back sleeper also often chooses a pillow with neck support.
Thanks to its slight elevation, this type of pillow provides extra support for the neck, and means you lie in a slightly more supported position. It is a matter of personal preference whether you find the pillows with extra neck support comfortable.
Only 5% of people sleep on their stomachs. Stomach sleepers usually take on a difficult posture to avoid sleeping with their face planted in the pillow.
Stomach sleepers turn their heads to facilitate free breathing. This means their necks often end up in the most extreme rotated positions. A relatively soft and flexible pillow that isn’t too high is therefore the best choice.
Is Vita Talalay latex biodegradable ?
The natural latex used is biobased and also biodegrades. However, there is no such thing as a foam being biodegradable! Not a memory foam, not a Dunlop latex and not a Talalay. Claims like “biodegradable as an oak leaf” are misleading. Indeed the liquid natural latex rubber itself is biodegradable, but the finished product is not. The reason is that in the process crosslinks are made of the molecules, that can not easily be undone. Which is a good thing: otherwise your bed would be degrading while you are sleeping in it.
Of course, after a long time the particles would get smaller and smaller until you can’t see them anymore. But they are still there: instead of bio-degrading it is deteriorating.
Is Vita Talalay safe without being organic ?
Food can be fully organic. But with a latex mattress that does not make sense. Harvested organic latex always need an addition of some inorganic materials to process it into a latex mattress, topper or pillow. Organic certifications do some traceability of the latex itself but do not trace whether the added inorganic materials (needed to get from liquid to a solid material) are safe. All Vita Talalay is Oekotex 100 Class 1. With Natural Vita Talalay we even have two more certifications that test the end product to be safe. And on top Cradle to Cradle chemists have analysed not only the latex, but also the inorganic additives. It shows that the latex and the additives contains zero harmful materials for the health of humans and the environment.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam that has viscoelastic properties. That gives the foam its slow response properties, it remembers the place you have been sleeping.
For Vita Talalay Embrace we have some viscoelastic properties added to the material, showing a better pressure relief and support than with memory foam. Also it still makes it easy to turn while sleeping.