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Why You Need The Right Pillow For A Good Night's Sleep
We use pillows daily without a second thought. While sleeping, pillows are needed to support the S-shaped curve of the spine in natural position. The major roles of pillows are to hold the neck properly which serves as the starting point for the S-shape, and to help the body to keep the same natural position as you stand. The pillow fills the gap between the mattress, head and neck.
Most first-time customers at one of the 110 hotels nationwide operated by Japan hotel chain SUPER HOTEL are surprised when, after checking in, they are taken to shelves full of pillows.
"Please choose whichever you like," says an employee of the hotel. Guests can select a pillow from seven different types, including a soft polyester one to one stuffed with activated charcoal that offers a deodorising effect.
"I always stay at hotels run by Super Hotel whenever I go on domestic business trips because they always have the kind of pillow I like," said Mr. Yusuke Kawamura, 31, a businessman who has stayed at the chain's Tokyo Station Hotel.
For the guests to have a good night's rest, the company has made the walls of its rooms thicker than those of other hotels to reduce outside noise. Super Hotel also has conducted joint research with universities on bedding.
According to Yano Economic Research Institute, the market size of the mattress and bedding industry, which includes futon and pillows, was 680 billion yen in 2013 and has been growing for four-straight years since 2010. Mattresses with high-end features are the most competitive category of bedding goods. Adequate firmness and support are said to be necessary for a good night's sleep.
Material and build varies depending on the product.Since 2010, major manufacturing firm Tanita has been selling a "sleeping scale", a device designed to measure the quality of sleep. The device comes in a flat, sheetlike form and is three centimeters thick.
When fitted on a mattress, it can record the sleeper's pulse and breathing, and how many times they roll over in bed. Sometimes you need to improve your lifestyle just before going to bed. For instance, looking at the brightly lit screen of a smartphone or drinking alcoholic beverages can lower the quality of your sleep.
Benefits of using the right pillowUsing the right pillow has a number of benefits. Many of you must have experienced not being able to sleep well due to changing your pillow from the one you use daily at home to another one at a hotel for your business trip. Using the right pillow that you are accustomed to gives you a good night’s sleep.
The right pillow also provides other benefits such as easing muscle fatigue, stress on joints, stiff shoulders and neck pain, preventing unnatural distortion of the cervical spine, and improving snoring as it supports the airway, etc.
Whether you are at home or on the road, you need to choose the right pillow to get a good night's sleep.