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Pillows and Cushions

BODYGUARD® Ergonomic Pillow Your head on cloud-soft foam and effective relief for your neck.
BODYGUARD® Bolster Set to lie down from head to toe. The half roll for the neck, knees and feet.
BODYGUARD® Seat Cushion This Cushion lets you sit. Comfortable wherever you want.
BODYGUARD® Knee Pillow Ideal for sleeping on your side. Protects your knees in the lateral position.
BODYGUARD® Leg Elevation Pillow Makes tired legs lively: simply put your legs up and relax.

A mattress and slatted frame alone do not make a bed. In most cultures, the pillow is an indispensable part of the bed. The choice of pillows is huge. The search for the right pillow is like a pillow fight. First and foremost, a pillow should be comfortable, but is that enough as a selection criterion? As a headrest, the pillow has an important supporting function. The right pillow can not only prevent tension, it can even reduce snoring under certain circumstances.

Adjusting the Pillow for the Lateral Position

The height of the pillow should be based on your shoulder width. You can easily determine the pillow height at home: Stand loosely with your shoulder against a wall and measure the distance between your head and the wall. From the measured value, roughly subtract the centimetres that your shoulder sinks into the mattress.

Adjusting the Pillow for the Supine Position

To determine the correct height, stand with your back relaxed against a wall and look straight ahead. The measured distance between the wall and the back of your head is the optimum pillow height. When choosing the size of the pillow, you should make sure that you only lie with your head and neck on the pillow, but not with your shoulders.

A compilation of the BODYGUARD pillows from bett1: neck support pillow, visco pillow, knee pillow, neck roll and vein pillow

The cushion size

Pillows are available for different purposes, in a variety of shapes and sizes. When it comes to pillows for sleeping, 80 x 80 cm pillows are the standard. In contrast to the standard pillow, the 40 x 80 cm comfort pillow is very popular. Special pillows such as vein pillows, knee pillows or knee and neck rolls have their own dimensions. For children, pillows in the sizes 40 x 40 and 40 x 60 cm are common.

The completely normal pillow

Most people sleep on an 80 x 80 cm pillow - the standard pillow. In addition to a comfortable lying sensation, it offers plenty of space for the head to snuggle into. The standard pillow can be adjusted to a certain extent by compressing or folding it. This pillow size can also be disadvantageous: Not only does your head lie on the square pillow, as it should, but often the shoulder area as well. Regardless of whether you sleep on your back or side, the spine is curved unfavourably. This can result in tension and pain in the shoulder and neck area. The pillow between your shoulder and the mattress may not allow your shoulders to sink into the mattress as they should. In the long term, this unfavourable sleeping position increases the body's stress potential, which can lead to restless sleep or, in the worst case, to sleep disorders.

The comfort pillow

With dimensions of 40 x 80 cm - half the size of the standard pillow - the comfort pillow gives your shoulders the space they need and supports your head and cervical spine. The neck, throat and shoulder muscles can relax. A smaller pillow size is therefore recommended from an orthopaedic and physiotherapeutic point of view. Like the standard pillow, the comfort pillow is also available with different pillow fillings. The height of some comfort cushions can be varied. Part of the filling can be removed for this purpose. A special type of comfort pillow is the neck support pillow. It has a special shape to provide targeted support for the neck.

Illustration: a person lying on a pillow, spine is drawn in and straight. Text: Comfort cushion 40x80 cm
Illustration: a person lying on a pillow, spine is drawn in and bent Text: standard pillow 80x80 cm

Tip for small cushion in large cover:

Bed linen sets usually include pillowcases in the size of the standard pillows 80 x 80 cm. If you use this to cover a comfort pillow (40 x 80 cm), the unfilled residual cover can be annoying or the pillow can slip in the cover. A little trick provides the solution:  

  1. Cover your pillow, as usual, and close the cover. 
  2. Take one corner of the unfilled part of the cushion cover and push it between the cover and the cushion to the opposite corner - in other words, turn the cushion cover inwards. This creates a kind of pocket. 
  3. Turn the pillow with the opening of the pocket to the underside and towards the head end of the bed - this will keep everything secure.

The Right Pillow for Every Situation

The pillow is not just a simple headrest: it should provide sufficient support for the head and neck to relieve pressure on the vertebrae and muscles. The pillow therefore makes a significant contribution to restful sleep. This is achieved by the pillow filling the gap between the head and mattress, which varies depending on the sleeping position and from person to person. Whether you sleep on your back, stomach or side, different pillows are advertised for each sleep type. Most pillows are only suitable for this one sleeping position. However, the sleeping position usually only determines how we fall asleep. We turn from our back to our side and back again numerous times during the night. Pillows that support different sleeping positions are therefore advantageous.

Pillow for Sleeping on Your Side

More than half of all people prefer to sleep on their side. This is why there is a particularly wide range of pillows for side sleepers. In the lateral position, it is crucial for relaxed sleep that the spine forms a continuous, straight line. To ensure this, a pillow that supports the head well is required in addition to an ergonomically good mattress. The shoulder must not rest on the pillow and thus be prevented from sinking into the mattress. The narrower comfort pillow is more suitable for side sleepers than the large standard pillow. The shoulder sinks deeper into a soft mattress than into a firm one, so the pillow should be somewhat flatter when using a soft mattress.

Three-part illustration: on the left a person lying on his back on a cushion, in the centre lying on his side on a cushion, on the right lying on his stomach on the cushion.

The term side sleeper pillow also includes pillows in special sizes and shapes. In addition to supporting the head and neck, they also serve other areas that are stressed when lying on your side: the hip and knee area. The knee pillow, for example, is used when lying on your side to relieve pressure on the hips and relax the knees and thighs. Long, narrow side sleeper pillows in a 7-, U- or C-shape fulfil this support function for the whole body. The sleeping person hugs these pillows and places them between their legs. The posture of the spine is supported and the sleeping position is prevented from slipping towards the stomach.

Pillows for sleeping on your back

One in five people prefer to sleep on their back. The advantages of lying on your back are that the muscles, ligaments and fasciae are stretched in a relaxed manner. Choosing a pillow for this sleeping position is relatively simple. In most cases, a flat pillow is sufficient to support the natural S-shape of the spine.

Pillow for Sleeping in the Prone Position

Few people sleep in the prone position. Sleeping on your stomach is often not recommended, as the neck vertebrae are in a very twisted position. The prone position can also restrict breathing. If the pillow is too high, the cervical vertebrae are overstretched and there is a risk of tension in the neck and shoulder area. Experts question the benefits of special pillows for stomach sleepers on the market. It is helpful to use a flat and soft surface when lying on your stomach or to do without a pillow altogether.

The right filling for every head

Filling materials for pillows mainly have an influence on the feeling of lying down. Most synthetic and natural pillow fillings fulfil basic requirements for sleeping pillows such as breathability and support in equal measure. Visco foam and foam pillows offer advantages in terms of durability, adaptability and hygiene. The latter is particularly important for people with allergies. The option of changing the height of the pillow by removing or adding filling material helps to correctly adjust the level of support required. It does not matter whether the pillow contains visco foam, latex or synthetic fibres.

The BODYGUARD Visco pillow in both sizes, pillow 80x80 cm and pillow 40x80 cm, lie on top of each other.

Pillow care

Fluffing the pillows in the morning and washing the pillowcases regularly ensure a clean and comfortable sleeping environment - that's all you usually need. The filling of most pillows cannot usually be washed. Pillows that are suitable for cleaning in the washing machine often lose support during washing and spinning or dry slowly, which in the worst case can lead to mould.