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Who may not benefit from using a memory foam pillow?

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People who get hot when they sleep: Some memory foam pillows can trap heat or get warmer as you lie on them. Some people say they make them sweaty. If you’re a hot sleeper, be mindful of this.

People who are sensitive to off-gassing: Some memory foam products have chemicals in them called VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemicals can give off a bad smell when the pillow is new. This is called off-gassing.

Some people may be extra-sensitive to the odor. It may cause a hard time breathing, headaches, nausea, eye and throat irritation, or asthma. The smell should fade after a few days or a week in a well-ventilated area. Also, you can look for brands labeled “low VOCs.”

SOURCES:

The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine : "Improving the Quality of Sleep With an Optimal Pillow: a Randomized, Comparative Study."

National Sleep Foundation: "What is Memory Foam?" "Choosing a Mattress: Everything You Need to Know," "Best Online Mattress."

The Journal of Physical Therapy Science : "Development and Comparative Evaluation of New Shapes of Pillows."

Cedars-Sinai: "Cervical Spine."

Cleveland Clinic: "Back, Side or Stomach: Which Sleep Position Is Best for You?"

Harvard Medical School: "Say 'Good Night' To Neck Pain."

NBC News: "Sleep on This: Consumer Reports Rates the Best Pillows for Better Sleep."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on April 23, 2020

SOURCES:

The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine : "Improving the Quality of Sleep With an Optimal Pillow: a Randomized, Comparative Study."

National Sleep Foundation: "What is Memory Foam?" "Choosing a Mattress: Everything You Need to Know," "Best Online Mattress."

The Journal of Physical Therapy Science : "Development and Comparative Evaluation of New Shapes of Pillows."

Cedars-Sinai: "Cervical Spine."

Cleveland Clinic: "Back, Side or Stomach: Which Sleep Position Is Best for You?"

Harvard Medical School: "Say 'Good Night' To Neck Pain."

NBC News: "Sleep on This: Consumer Reports Rates the Best Pillows for Better Sleep."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on April 23, 2020

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What is “off-gassing,” and how can I protect myself from it when I use a memory foam pillow?

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