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Published on June 13th, 2012 | by Sarah


Pillo1: A Post-Modern Pillow

New York City- the city that never sleeps- and boy do I believe that! Since moving here I find myself sleeping less and less, and often finding myself going to bed as late as 5 AM. As anyone with sleeping problems knows, this can wear on a person very quickly. Sleep is just one of those essential things that us New Yorkers often neglect.

One way to help your sleep without putting any major work into it or changing your life patterns is to make sure your bed is as comfortable as it can be. I recently started working on this by purchasing a new bed, mattress, and sheets. The only thing I was lacking was the perfect pillow. That’s about when I was offered to try out the Pillo1.

The Pillo1 is a pillow developed by Dr. Raymond Hall with the purpose of providing comfort, support, and adapting to all sleeping positions. Dr. Hall, a chiropractor, has worked with a number of patients from pro athletes to celebrities, and determined that many aches and pains are a result of poor sleeping posture. This led him to conclude that the most common cause for this pain had to be the pillow they were using. Ergo, the invention of the Pillo1.

It’s intimidating at first- a pillow with a manual and a giant box, made from hypoallergenic soy-based latex foam, and oversized (you will probably need a king sized pillow case, you’ll have trouble getting two of these on a full size bed). And while it might look like something your grandmother would own, it’s actually very comfortable. The design has a cut out for your head and shoulders. You are supposed to sleep with your head in the groove if you are on your back, and side sleepers are intended to use the sides of the pillow (with your shoulder fitting into the shoulder cut out). The idea is that only your neck should be supported while you are sleeping, letting it fall into its natural C curve. I have to say, my neck has been bothering me lately, and a few nights with this pillow did help. So, Dr. Hall might be onto something here.

It is very important that you get the correct size Pillo1. They come in different sizes depending on your height and if you do not get the correct size for your body, then when you move from your back position to you side position (or visa versa) there is a chance you might fall into the in between area, which is not very comfortable for your neck. Finally, if you are a stomach sleeper, like myself, this pillow does not really offer anything different than a normal pillow offers.

Can you really put a price tag on not having neck pain and getting proper sleep? I do not think you should. But if you do, you might take pause when looking at the cost of the Pillo1. At $200 and available online, it is about double the price of some good orthopedic pillows.

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Sarah Mimo is easily excitable about the arts and related events. She studied illustration at Pratt institute and has worked as a graphic designer. She currently crafts laser cut clocks (sarahmimo.com) and explores the art/design/crafting events in NYC.

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