Is a Memory Foam Pillow Right for You?

The appeal of using a memory foam pillow differs from one person to another. Sleep comfort and bedding are inherently subjective and based on individual preference. While some people swear by the benefits of using pillows made with memory foam, others prefer other types of pillows.

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of using memory foam pillows will help you determine if you should consider buying one to get a better night's rest.

What is Memory Foam?

Memory foam is made from a product called Visco Elastic, which was invented more than 50 years ago by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The material was originally developed to use in the construction of spaceship seats and cushions.

It is a dense foam that responds to heat and pressure from the human body to provide a supportive, cushioning shape. It then springs back into its original form when not in use.

Through the years, memory foam has been used for a variety of bedding, including mattresses, toppers, and pillows of all sizes.  Memory foam is recognized for its ability to provide resilient padding and help relieve painful pressure points during sleep.


When you lie on a pillow made with memory foam, it naturally absorbs your body heat and adapts to the contours of your head, shoulders and neck. This allows the pillow to provide excellent cushioning and support for your upper body. In addition, it can also help keep your spine aligned during sleep.

Memory foam pillows are known to be hypoallergenic and free of dust mites. They come in many different sizes and shapes – including standard, wedge and contour shaped – to accommodate a wide range of sleeping preferences.


The density of memory foam causes it to retain heat and inhibit material breathability. However, some foam pillows are constructed with special air chambers that help keep the pillow cool and comfortable throughout the night. In addition, specially made pillow cases can help deflect heat for the user.

New memory foam products often give off a strong chemical smell, a phenomenon known as off-gas. This occurs when the pillow is first removed from the packaging. Over time, the smell dissipates. 

Pillows constructed with memory foam may be more expensive than other types of pillows on the market. Note that they are not safe for use by infants and small children.

For more about memory foam bedding, click here: Memory Foam Mattress.

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