Your pillow is just as important as your mattress when chasing that perfect night’s sleep. If you have headaches, neck pains, shoulder pains, numbness, sneezing, snoring or wheezing when you wake up, your pillow may not be causing the problem, but it is likely contributing.
It may be time for a new pillow for several reasons. Here’s a really good one . . . it is probably crawling with fungi and buggies. Yes, it’s true. The journal “Allergy”, published in 2006, says that pillows as young as 18 months old contained up to 47 different kinds of fungi! The researchers found about four to 16 fungi species per pillow, with synthetic pillows having more. In that case, if you have allergies or asthma, your pillow is probably not helping matters. Besides, it’s gross. Consider tossing your old pillows and replacing them with a new fungus free or anti-microbial pillows. While you’re at it, you might as well choose your pillows according to the most important criteria: how you sleep.
At AllegroMedical.com we display about 70 bed pillows in our Pillows category. To save you the trouble, I’ve separated them according to sleep type and specialty pillows. I’m searching for the perfect pillow myself, so I’m hoping this endeavor will bear fruit for us all.
The perfect pillow will keep your head aligned right on top of your shoulders when lying down – not too far to either side, or up and down. Therefore, the thickness of your pillow is important, depending on how you sleep. Think you need the biggest, longest, fluffiest, most expensive pillow every made? Au contraire. In fact, pillows that are too dense, fluffy or wide merely create tension in your neck and shoulders.
Pillows by Sleep Type
Side Sleeper Pillows are lofty and thick so they keep your head staight by filling in the space between your head and shoulders. Our most popular pillow, the Better Sleep Pillow was originally designed for side sleepers, but it also works great for back sleepers and stomach sleepers because of it’s mult-positional, multi-functional contoured design. This is also true of our Sleepmatterzzz Dual-Valve Cervical Pillow, a super popular pillow with 5 star reviews. See all Sleepmatterzzz pillows.
Back Sleeper pillows are designed so that when you are lying on your back your head stays neutral – perfectly aligned with your spine, sitting squarely on your shoulders. We have several pillows that support both side and back sleepers by automatically adjusting as your sleeping position changes. If you alternate between your back and your side (or your side and your stomach) be sure to get one that works in multiple positions.
Stomach sleepers are just weird. Okay, that’s what I tell my stomach sleeper boyfriend Todd anyway. Seriously, though, experts say it is not the best way to sleep because if your bed is soft and you use a pillow, then you are not keeping your head neutral. But if you must sleep on your stomach then please use a specially designed pillow, a very thin pillow or no pillow at all. The Sleepmatterzzz Dual-Valve Cervical Pillow would be perfect for sleepers who switch from their side to their stomach.
Allergy-Free Pillows and Covers are a must for allergy sufferers. We even have an Anti-Allergen Mattress Cover.
Anti-Snore Pillows: The Snore-No-More Anti Snoring Pillow is our most popular, but from reading the reviews, it either works or it doesn’t work at all. It was featured in Woman’s World Magazine as the “best snoring pillow” though, and it seems to help a lot of people. See our Snoring Section for all of our anti-snoring products.
Bed Wedges and Body Positioners are ideal for helping your body maintain a comfortable body position while you sleep. They are often used for post-surgery bedrest , footrest or blank support as well. The leg/knee wedges and back wedges are especially popular. You can put them between your knees for side sleeping, or under your knees, or behind your back.
Body Pillows are especially good for side sleepers and pregnant women who like to keep their spines aligned, and circulation going by sleeping with a pillow between their knees.
Cervical Pillows come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all designed to support the neck. Cervial pillows help relieve pain associated with muscle tension, stress and strain by promoting proper alignment and support.
Cooling Pillows/Covers are heaven for hot summer nights and hot flashes. I have two Chillow Pillows that I use all Arizona summer long. They are super popular and I highly recommend them.
Water Pillows allow you to personalize your pillow by filling a water pouch inside the pillow for soft, medium or firm support.
You can’t tell what’s going to work until you sleep on it so try to get the one that fits the best with your sleep style. In my case, I’ve kissed a lot of toads, but I will continue to seek out the perfect pillow. Even punching and feeling it in a retail store doesn’t make much of a difference.
See our new category, Beds, and also read how to retrofit the rest of your bed in my blog Bed Check for Better Sleep.
At least we have a lot of products to choose from, right? Happy shopping!
Oh Baby, I’m so Hot
It’s getting hot in here. Phoenix, that is. Thank goodness for the Chillow Pillow. Regular pillows trap heat, which can make for a really uncomfortable night. The Chillow’s patented technology provides a unique fluid-cool, cushioning memory foam effect that is steady and long lasting. It requires no electricity, is noiseless, non-toxic and requires no refrigeration. Double the effectiveness with the Chillow Pak which includes the original Chillow and the ChillowPlus. I use the regular Chillow under my head and the ChillowPlus under my back or between my knees.
Chillows are perfect for lounging on the couch, relief from hot flashes, headaches or aching muscles. If only it covered my whole bed. And my lawn chair. I wonder if I could just strap one to my butt, for the car…
Hold up. I spoke too soon. No need to craft a ‘sit-upon’ out of your Chillow Pillow when Allegro is offering the Comfy Cruise Self-Cooling Cushion. Perfect for home, office, car or wheelchair use.
And what about Sparky? The Canine Cooler provides the same cooling comfort in a pet bed. If you don’t get one for your pet, guess who’s sharing your Chillow Pillow this summer?
For You Outdoorsy Types
Campers and beach bums: Don’t leave home without the Wheeleez Folding Beach Cart. It hauls up to 165 lbs of gear at a time over sand, soft grass or rough terrain. Use it at home, too, to tote stuff from your garage to your garden, or to move sensitive camera or sound equipment. Adjustable handle. Folds easily for storage. Get the smaller, lighter version, the Mini Beach Cart to move up to 77 lbs of gear at a pop.
Kayakers and Kayak Rental Shops: The Wheeleez Kayak Canoe Cart is about to make a whole lotta lives easier, especially if you’re transporting a large kayak or canoe on the beach. Go for the smaller, lighter Mini Kayak Cart for touring kayaks. It collapses and fits right in most kayak deck hatches. I really need to sell these carts to that kayak rental place we used in Kauai. I know, I’m a wus. But…but…sniff…I got a blood blister AND I scraped the skin off my hand before we even got in the water. Poor baby.
See all of our great Wheeleez Products
Golfers: If you’re serious about improving your golf game, you have to get the Bionic Golf Glove. This high tech glove is based on the anatomy of the hand, eliminating the natural mistakes the hand makes during the golf swing. The intricately placed padding of the Bionic Glove evens out the surface of the hand on the club, which prevents a too tight grip, keeping the hand from easily tiring. Makes a great gift.
Gardeners: Don’t let tired hands prevent you from working in your garden this summer. These do more than keep dirt out of your fingernails. Bionic Gardening Gloves add padding in all the right places to prevent fatigue, and help stop calluses and blisters from forming. Protect your hands and prolong your strength while gardening, with the best thing to come along since Miracle Gro. Try the reinforced Extended Wear Bionic Gardening Glove for heavy gardening and yard work). Men’s and women’s sizes available.
Take a look at Allegro’s whole line of gardening tools and products, all designed to make gardening easier and more fun.
Cast Wearers and the like: Nothing puts the kibosh on a day at the lake like a cast. Not any more! You’re safe to go in the water with the amazing Dry Pro Cast Protector. Keep your arm or leg cast or bandage completely dry while you are swimming or bathing. Dry Pro has the only completely waterproof cast cover in the world, with a patented vacuum system that ensures protection. So jump in! The water’s fine.
Allegro also carries the Dry Pro PICC or IV Line Protector and Full-Leg Prosthesis Cover.
For the shower, try the ShowerSafe Cast and Bandage Protector.
One more thing and I’ll shut up about casts. It’s summer. Casts get itchy and stinky. Please spring for a Cast Cooler.
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Hot Tub
Oh…oh…oh… I love these. Check out these bad babies. The Spa2Go Inflatable and Portable Whirlpool Spa and Spa-n-a-Box Portable Spa. Did you ever think you could just put a big ‘ol hot tub anywhere you want? How cool is that?
Your Feet Are Showing
Cool off your hot, tired feet with Neat Feat Cool Foot Spray. Instantly refreshes and energizes your smelly (did I say smelly? I meant sweaty) feet after a long summer day, and keeps them dry.
Get your tootsies ready for summer sandals with a home pedicure. Own your own massaging foot bath and paraffin wax bath (pure heaven) for a salon pedicure at home.
When your feet are all purty slip them into a pair of these super popular Supracor Sandals and let your pampering continue as they massage your feet and absorb shock.
For those required to actually go closed-toed, I suggest you get a new job. If that’s not an option, do yourself, your shoes and your feet a favor and throw a nice pair of Super Feet Insoles in there. You won’t believe how much longer your shoes will last and how great your feet will feel.
Wouldn’t be summer without kids on bikes, trikes, scooters and pedal cars, now would it? We have a bunch to choose from. Imagine your little princess pedaling in the park in her Pink Lady Pedal Car or your little astronaut zooming around the yard on his Radio Flyer Retro Rocket. Awww. I just want to pinch their chubby cheeks.
While you’re grilling New Yorks in the back yard, watching Bo destroy your flowers with his Hot Rod Pedal Car, go ahead and secure little Ian in his handy dandy Cozy Portable Playard Tent plus Cabana Kit. He won’t be wandering around, playing with dog poo, falling down, getting eaten by bugs, eating bugs. He’ll be secure in his own little see-through UV coated tent with a see-through lid… playing quietly…just like he was told to.
Get Fit, Stay Fit, even on the Road
Tired of coming home from vacation or business trips feeling like a slug because you hadn’t exercised? Keep up your exercise program no matter where you go this summer with an AquaBells Combo Set! Simply fill the 26 ounce super tough dumbbell pouches with water and instantly have up to 16 pounds for each dumbbell. Then empty the AquaBells when it’s time to hit the road. The kit also includes Aqua Bells Ankle Weights that go from 8 ozs when collapsed to 8 lbs when filled with water. Nice.
Another great travel fitness product is the Perfect Pushup Travel Edition. The pushup handles are so small you can put them in your briefcase or backpack, and they have the same great rotating motion as the original Perfect Pushup.
It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor jogging and biking, and now you can bring baby with you on that morning run, with a jogging stroller. I find 4:45 a.m. a nice time to get out in Phoenix in July. Allegro has great pricing on jogging strollers and bike trailers.
If you’re going to ruin your hair and make-up in the pool, you might as well get some exercise. Get a low impact, effective workout with water exercise equipment. Allegro has everything from water weights to underwater treadmills, to complete water exercise kits for men and women. Great for weak, painful or arthritic joints, and to add a twist to your workout routine. Use water’s natural resistance to get your body in shape.
While you’re in there, take your tunes with you with a SwiMP3 Surf Waterproof MP3 Player. Listen to up to 60 songs for up to 10 hours on each charge. PC and Mac compatible. Surf, swim, kayak or just get wet. Your SwiMP3 will stay high and dry while you’re down with your bad self.
Roll in Style
Need a lightweight wheelchair for trips to the zoo, or vacations at the beach? Get a Folding Transport Chair from Allegro. Or, check out this cool 13 lb. Nissin Travel Wheelchair. They’re convenient and comfortable for short trips.
Get ON the beach, in the sand, with a heavy-duty Rolleez All-Terrain Chair. You can also use this cool PVC chair in the park, at the campgrounds and in the snow – anywhere you have difficulty rolling. 250 lb. capacity.
Or, you can use the Wheeleez Monster Beach Cart to get you, your wheelchair, and a bunch of other stuff (up to 400 lbs) across soft sand, soggy grass or any other unstable or uneven surface. Hang out on the beach. Pop a cold one. Chill.
And don’t let your wheelchair stop you from hanging out at the pool. The rust-proof, water-proof Pool Wheelchair is exactly what you need.
Hey, it would be really cool if you ordered some of this stuff NOW. Thanks for your business. We appreciate it. –Val.
Chill out with a Chillow Pillow! Regular pillows trap heat, and on warm summer nights can make for an uncomfortable sleep. Feel the chill with a Chillow Pillow, for an always cool, spring breeze sensation. Its patented comfort technology provides added cushion to your pillow. Chillow Pillow is perfect for hot nights, lounging on the couch, or even for relief of headaches or aching muscles. Relax this summer with the cool chill of the Chillow Pillow!
Give your mattress some air, with the HoMedics Topper bed topper. It is ventilated foam that allows air to circulate, keeping your mattress cooler and your sleep more refreshing. Has memory foam for your comfort, and is hypo-allergenic.
And how about the same cool comfort for your dog? The Canine Cooler provides a memory foam type comfort in a bed that is constantly cool. Give your pet a special treat, with a cool, comfy summer bed!
Chill your wine and other beverages faster than the freezer with the Cooper Cooler. Sprays ice cold water on the container, cooling the beverage to a delicious 43 degrees in just minutes. Take it on the road! The Cooper Cooler Tailgater comes with a car kit to plug into your car’s power source. Get the Cooper Cooler for an ice cold summer!
Keep all your food and beverages cold with a new cooler. Allegro has many sizes and colors for any type of outing.
Is it possible for you to be a better golfer? Find out this summer with the Bionic Golf Glove. This high tech glove is based on the anatomy of the hand, eliminating the natural mistakes the hand makes during the golf swing. The intricately placed padding of the Bionic Glove evens out the surface of the hand on the club, which prevents a too tight grip, keeping the hand from easily tiring. See what improvements the Bionic Golf Glove will make in your game, and make it a gift for the golfers in your life.
Don’t let tired hands prevent you from working in your garden this summer. These do more than keep dirt out of your fingernails! Bionic Gardening Gloves add padding in all the right places to prevent fatigue, and help stop calluses and blisters from forming. Protect your hands and prolong your strength while gardening, with the best thing to come along since Miracle Gro – Bionic Gardening Gloves.
And take a look at our gardening tools and products. You may see something else you just can’t live without!
Don’t miss summer fun at the lake or pool just because you have a cast or bandage! Dry Pro cast protectors keep your arm or leg cast or bandage completely dry while you cool off in the water. Dry Pro has the only completely waterproof cast cover in the world, with a patented vacuum system that ensures protection. So feel free to join in on the fun, with your cast, worry free!
Watch your child pedal all over your yard, or take him to the park in a pedal car. They are great exercise, and great fun! Choose from cars, trucks and rockets.
Care for Summer Feet
Cool off your hot, tired feet with Neat Feat Cool Foot Spray. Instantly refreshes and energizes your feet after a long summer day, and keeps them dry.
Get your tootsies ready for summer sandals with a home pedicure. Own your own massaging foot bath, to soothe aching feet anytime. And, for a salon manicure and pedicure at home, this manicure set will give you that professional look, without a trip to the salon, and without the high prices.
Tired of coming home from vacation or business trips regretting that you hadn’t exercised? Keep up your exercise program no matter where you go this summer with AquaBells! Simply fill the super tough pouches with water and instantly have up to 16 pounds for each dumbbell. Then empty AquaBells when it is time to hit the road. AquaBells only weigh 26 ounces and take up very little space in your travel gear. Also try AquaBells ankle weights for leg workouts. Great for underwater exercise and rehab too! Stay fit no matter where you are, with AquaBells.
You can never have enough exercise balls. Get one for every room! FitBall exercise balls are used for balance, stability, flexibility, strength training and rehabilitation. They are available in four different sizes to suit your height, and type of workout. Also, look at the entire line of FitBall products, including how-to dvd’s, for a fit and healthy summer.
It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor jogging, and now you can bring your baby with you on that morning run, with a jogging stroller. Allegro has great pricing on Instep jogging strollers and bike trailers.
Get a low impact, effective workout with water exercise equipment. Allegro has everything from water weights to underwater treadmills, to complete water exercise kits for men and women. Great for weak, painful or arthritic joints, and to add a twist to your workout routine. Use water’s natural resistance to get your body in shape.
Need a lightweight wheelchair for trips to the zoo, or vacations at the beach? Get a transport chair from Allegro. They are inexpensive and comfortable for short trips. And don’t let your wheelchair stop you from using the pool! The pool wheelchair rolls right in, and it won’t rust.