Memory foam was developed by NASA in the 1960s, but they decided it wasn’t quite right for their needs. Instead, it’s become a much prized material in the world of bedding because of its soft and supportive properties. Before you invest in an entire memory foam mattress, why not give a pillow a go? Here’s what you need to know.

Double Protection

This compact choice comes with a dust-proof liner and a removable bamboo and polyester outer cover. It also has two sides of different heights to comfortably accommodate all sleep positions. Ecosafeter

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Fans of memory foam pillows say they’re an absolute godsend. The idea is that they’re soft enough to be comfortable, but firm enough to hold your head so that your spine stays in a straight line, improving not just your comfort, but your breathing (and therefore snoring). The best ones come with an inner liner as well as a removable and washable cover, but to prolong their longevity, it’s advisable to use a regular pillowcase on top as well.

Breathable and Skin-Friendly

Shaped to keep the body is aligned for restful sleep, this clever cushion also comes in a larger Queen size. Power of Nature

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Some people worry that memory foam might be too hot to sleep on because it doesn’t disperse heat as effectively as natural materials, such as feathers or down. If you are concerned, look for newer iterations of memory foam which are either made with a more open-celled construction, or are combined with a gel substance to help them absorb and re-distribute heat better.

Wings for Extra Cushion

Designed with a central cavity to remove pressure on the head and two flaps that can be used to perfectly cradle the neck in certain positions, or provide a resting place for arms in others. Elviros

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Pick a pillow that is designed to support your head and neck in the way that you naturally sleep. Ideally you should sleep on your back or on your side, as sleeping on your front can cause back problems. But if you are a front sleeper, look for a pillow designed to accommodate your body. You generally want it to be slightly lower than a regular pillow, but supportive enough so that your neck and spine stay aligned.