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The Sleep & Glow Pillow
The Sleep & Glow pillow is an anti-aging pillow for back and side sleepers that promises less fatigued skin, a refreshed face and a healthy back. Its design is quite technical, which is why even though it’s often marketed for its beauty benefits, it also has a lot to offer physiologically.
Overview of The Sleep & Glow Pillow
This pillow is designed and produced in Europe and it has been patented in Europe, the US, and Japan. The company offers a 30-night sleep trial with a money-back guarantee. On top of that, they stand by a 3-year warranty. The pillow retails for $195 on their website.
Construction of The Sleep & Glow Pillow
The pillow only comes in one size with the following dimensions: 22” x 15” x 5” and it’s made with some pretty remarkable memory foam. Every part of this pillow has been made with the intention of ad addressing some type of problem. Even the pillowcases, which are offered in both Tencel and silk versions, have been well thought out. This pillow is constructed with European materials that are non-toxic, safety approved materials that also have ISO quality control system certification.
My Sleep & Glow Pillow Findings
After filming this review, I realized that I made a mistake in terms of how I demonstrated laying on the pillow. I used the pillow upside down. Doing so can actually cause headaches and further neck problems. The higher bolster has to touch the forehead and the lower bolster, the chin. I apologize for the confusion.
Despite the Sleep & Glow Pillow being primarily marketed for what it has to offer aesthetically, it’s psychological components shouldn’t be overlooked. While it was created to help you look your best it also assists with maintaining spinal alignment as well as proper curvature of the neck. Why is this important? Because our spinal alignment is essential to our health. If our spine is out of whack, odds are other things are as well. The construction of this pillow seeks to address that concern by providing you with the physiologically-correct body position during sleep, encouraging spinal alignment and a happy cervical curve. For those who have already existing musculoskeletal issues, it’s advised that you consult your physician/chiropractor/orthopedist if a pillow like this can adequately meet your needs. It’s quite possible that it’s not the right solution for you.
The method in which it aids in anti-aging is multi-faceted. First, there’s the form (the way it’s shaped and cut), then the material used to create it (memory foam), and then the pillowcases it comes with.
In addition to being comfortable, the memory foam used in its construction is dense where it provides perfectly adequate support but it’s not so firm that it feels stiff. You’ll achieve comfortable side and back sleeping and the way certain portions of it are cut out, it does a great job at cradling your head regardless of how you sleep (keep in mind this is not for stomach sleepers). The neck support, all thanks to the shoulder cradle, is really out of this world.
One of the most advertised features of this pillow is how it prevents your face from getting smushed. There’s just no better word for it than that because most likely, you totally know what I mean when I say it: smushed. The anatomical shape of the pillow helps minimize skin twisting and folding and this works by avoiding your face from directly having to lean too much into the pillow when on your side. This works to prevent sleep wrinkles, morning puffiness and those unsightly pillow marks and creases that some of us wake up with. As an added side note, if you want to avoid vertical wrinkles to the decollage area, you will want to sleep on your back. If you want to avoid wrinkles altogether, sleeping on a pillow that encourages this, is already a big step in the right direction. If you insist on sleeping on your side, using a pillow like this one is an improvement.
The pillowcase options that Sleep & Glow offers are Tencel and silk. Apparently, both have some pretty interesting characteristics that further improve the effectiveness of the Sleep & Glow Pillow. Both also happen to be made of natural fibers. One thing I want to mention, for those who may not be aware, is this: When silk is generally mentioned (anywhere on the internet), satin is usually following along behind it.
While it’s not relevant to this pillow, I’d like to just educate some people (because embarrassingly, I recently learned it myself and it’s an essential distinction). Satin is not a replacement fabric for silk. Silk is an actual fabric, while satin is a type of weave used to achieve a smoother feeling fabric. So silk is the real thing and with this pillow or pillowcase, that’s what you’ll be getting. Our eco-friendly readers will also be happy to know that both pillowcase fabrics offered, silk and Tencel, are biodegradable.
Silk is a natural protein fiber consisting mainly of fibroin (an insoluble protein) and it’s created by certain insect larvae in the formation of cocoons. The best-known silk comes from the mulberry silkworm. Silk has a few compelling characteristics:
- Doesn’t absorb moisture
- Doesn’t absorb creams
- Reduces hair breakage
- Prevents hair tangling
- Naturally elastic
- Helps regulate body temperature
- Keeps you warm in winter, cool in summer
Here’s an interesting fact about silk from Wikipedia.com:
“The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fiber, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.”
One of the most interesting things that I learned about silk is that sunlight tends to encourage the decomposition of silk by atmospheric oxygen so it’s best kept out of the light.
Tencel is the brand name of a fiber that is known as lyocell. While it’s technically considered a synthetic fiber, it’s retrieved from natural materials and goes through a lengthy process to be transformed into fabric. The result is a luxurious high-quality fiber. Tencel also has a few intriguing characteristics:
- Made from eucalyptus fiber (which doesn’t require irrigation or pesticides)
- More breathable than cotton
- Hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic properties (suitable for sensitive skin)
- Softer and stronger than most cotton
- Has less of a tendency to wrinkle
- Its production utilizes less land and water than cotton
- Amasses less odor and bacteria when compared to other fabrics
It’s true that this pillow is pricey when compared to more cheaply designed versions but it’s almost not the most expensive pillow I’ve seen. Specialty pillows like this can easily run $200 to $300. I’ve seen others that were even higher. I understand that this may sound insane to most people but to target particular problems, or particular areas of the body, people are willing to spend if the product does what it claims. Specifically constructed designs require resources. But for the money they ask, premium quality is typically what you receive.
My Sleep & Glow Pillow Recommendation
I’m really impressed with this pillow. The quality of the materials used and its intricate construction certainly justifies the price. From the physiological aspect, I’m confident that it can help certain individuals with their neck and shoulder issues. From the beauty aspect, the combination of elements involved, such as the structure, the density of the memory foam, as well as the materials that were chosen for the pillowcase, sound promising. The first night I spent on the pillow, I started sleeping on my back and I woke up still laying on my back. That was surprising to me as I’m totally in love with side sleeping, nothing is nearly as comforting to me. Sleeping on your back, in general, is the most recommended thing to reduce and prevent wrinkles and if a pillow like this can help encourage that, it’s worth the spend. For those skeptical, it may require some experimentation to know for sure if it’s for you but I don’t think the amount of reviews they’ve amassed is coincidental. There is obviously something they are doing right.
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If you find cotton, linen, tencel or even microfiber pillowcases too rough, you may want to check out the Ultimate Minky.
What is Minky Fabric? Minky Fabric is a soft and silky fabric that feels like real mink. It has a short pile and is as soft as cashmere. Minky fabric is often used in baby blankets, bath robes and baby toys.
Ordering the Ultimate Minky
Recently I was given the Ultimate Minky pillowcase to review which is a pillowcase made of minky fabric. You can order these pillowcases direct from their website here.
Below is a video overview of the Ultimate Minky pillowcase:
Here are the washing instructions according to the website
LAUNDRY INSTRUCTIONS: For maximum softness, turn pillowcase inside out or put in a laundry bag. Wash with your sheets (never with a fabric that has a nap). Do not use liquid fabric softener as it reduces absorbancy. Dry on medium heat. If needed, occasionally add 1/4 C. white vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove soap residue and renew freshness to Minky fibers. Minimized care instructions are also on the reverse side of the designer label.
- We sell to Bed & Breakfasts and they have reported that even the heaviest makeup stains come out in the laundry without prewash applications.
- Customers have reported that harsh acne creams have not affected Minky fabric’s color.
- It is safe to wash every color of Minky with whites – totally color safe!
My Ultimate Minky Findings
I was only able to sleep on my Ultimate Minky Pillowcase a few nights before my daughter took it for her bed. It is super soft and feels great. I would have expected it to sleep warmer than it did. Instead it feels cozy and cuddly but won’t overheat. That means you can use this pillowcase year round. Of course some of my other pillowcases will sleep a little cooler but none are cozier than this one, it even beats my flannel pillowcase.
Aside from feel, there are many other benefits of a minky pillowcase. The owners of this company report that many chemotherapy patients use this as the other kinds of fabrics are too irritating to their skin.
Below are some more benefits of the Ultimate Minky according to the owners:
• Comfort for patient-centered care
• Relief for Chemo-induced baldness
• Calms symptoms of Autism/ Sensory Processing Disorder
• Cooler than cotton – wicks heat
• Keeps you dry – wicks moisture (relief for night sweats/menopausal women)
• Soothing and comforting
• Like sleeping on a cloud – extraordinarily soft
• Improves your sleep, despite your pillow
• Minimizes bed head – static free
• Absorbs body oils, keeps pillow clean
•Stain resistant, durable, withstands hundreds of wash cycles
• Launder with sheets, washer and dryer, no liquid softener
• Queen, King and Travel Sizes Available
As of this writing, a standar/queen size Ultimate Minky pillowcase sells for 27.95 on their website. I received a gray color minky but there are many other colors and patterns to choose from.
Here’s a picture of the travel size version:
I would highly recommend the minky pillow to anyone looking to soften up the feel of their pillow and make life a little cozier. I found out quickly just how much children love minky fabric so they would also make a great gift.
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