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Here we talk about sleep-related tips and tricks that’ll help to improve your health. You’ll get a bunch of information to maintain a healthy life.
Here we talk about sleep-related tips and tricks that’ll help to improve your health. You’ll get a bunch of information to maintain a healthy life.
Can you exactly recall how your infancy went on with your parents? Well, you are not supposed to recall them now but when it’s your turn of parenting, you must be conscious enough. You must never want your boy to face the same problems you went through or the other babies face.
Being a good parent means piling up a lot of responsibilities. Since your little one stays asleep most of the time, you are going to make sure that he isn’t in discomfort. It isn’t only resting time for your child rather it is the time his brain develops and he gets ready for the other stage of life. There are certain quarrels and doubts among parents regarding the co-sleeping and crib-sleeping. Besides, other issues regarding parenting style are always confusing to the new parents. It is better to learn from the experts which way to parent.
SIDS refers to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This SIDS doesn’t take place out of home mostly rather it takes place indoors. It indicates that the parents are the ones who can control the rate of SIDS in most of the cases. Between 2004 and 2008, 252 NYC children died because of SIDS. Millions of children have died because of this and thus it has become a matter of concern for parents.
That’s a burning question among parents since all are not same in opinion. There was survey regarding the habits of the babies. More than 6000 parents agreed that they had to face difficulties to put their babies to sleep. They wake up in an interval of about 1-2 hours and then demand to be fed. There is a big chance of SIDS taking place when babies are left alone.
It is always dangerous to put them on back in some dangerous places like swing or couch. It is wise never to use a car seat outside car. If you find your child is sleeping in an unsafe place, move him to the right place. Another question arises here regarding the right place for them. Some parents put their babies in crib because it is approved as safe all over. But when it is about the bonding with parents, some fear of having a weak relationship with their kids. In that case, some babies don’t want to leave the beds of parents even after 3-4 years.
Sometimes it becomes a question of privacy for the parents as well. The parents who pass nights beside their kids believe that the ones putting babies in crib are selfish about own comfort. But for a new parent, it can be suggested to use crib for your toddler from the very beginning. It will benefit him in all the ways.
Just like it has been said that the babies are not safe everywhere you keep them. Don’t ever let them lay on your couch. This may make him roll in one position. If he cannot roll back from that position, it may cause his death. Suppose you are excessively tired or drunk or somehow out of your control. Will you like the idea of keeping your girl of 2 months beside you for that night? No, it won’t be wise in any way. Because you may trap her and she can sometimes die out of this. In every case, experts found it better to settle a crib for them.
Babies need the majority of the day for sleeping. This schedule of them changes with age. The newborn babies, who are within 1 month, need 16-18 hours per day. When he grows up to 1-3 months, he needs to 15-17 hour a day. A 3-6 months old child generally requires 14-16 hours a day. The same schedule continues up to first 9 months. During 9-12 months, 12-14 hour is sufficient for your baby. As days pass and your little one grows up, he gives up the habit of having naps during days. The non-REM deep sleep shows up with elder age. This won’t happen naturally though. As a parent, you get to help your small one to know about the different patterns. As soon as your baby will know about the habits he must has, he will capture that and try to stick to one schedule. You should need to know, how much sleep actually need for your babies.
Some parents are ignorant of the effects a kid can have due to 30 minutes less sleep. Sleeping is not only the way to refresh them rather it is a way of letting them grow up. Both physical and mental health is related to this. You might have noticed some babies crying all over the nights. This might happen due to the overtiredness of the kid.
Parents sometimes consider overtiredness of the baby as a positive motion which will make them stick to bed for a longer period. But the studies proved this idea wrong. Rather, this overtiredness may cause your baby have an interrupted schedule and thus your night can be all wasted. Without maintaining the regular schedule, babies may sometimes lose the mental health and get sick. The sleeping schedule mentioned above is for the average babies. Your toddler may not be the one sticking to one schedule right now. But if the schedule changes too random or the kid takes too more hours, or too less, then it is better to consult a doctor.
Experts have been conscious about things parents need to know about babies and sleep. Richard Ferber, a pediatrician, is the founder of the Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital Boston can be called a well-known sleep expert of United States. He suggests of fixing a warm and lovely schedule. In case your kid isn’t liking the chosen schedule, he suggests leaving the matter to the baby because he will gradually have his own schedule of longer hours of slumber. Ferber finds it natural leaving your kid crying alone.
Babies sometimes need more attention than you are providing him. He may seem okay with all the sights but it might not be okay at all. When they cry a lot, they give a hint of something going wrong and want you to fix it. All you can try as a parent is trying to pacify him. Maintaining a sleeping schedule might need some time but it will work out for babies. If it is not maintained from an early age, your child may face mental and physical damage forever.
There is nothing more important than the safety of your baby. Your baby is not able to take care of himself and is absolutely dependent on you. A simple mistake of you can harm your child and even can cause him discomfort. In the review of “Pediatrics study”, it is revealed that 13% of the infant deaths are caused by sleeping in unsafe places. 11 million children face this every year. Though most of the reasons are related to the health issues yet the uncertainty is remarkable.
Children from 1 month to 1 year are at the most risky zone. Accidental deaths by suffocation, wedging, smothering or being trapped by someone while sharing a bed are very much common issues for kids. Most of these accidents occur due to sleeping in places that are not safe for children. Sometimes the reasons for these events remain untold but the reasons are very much sensitive. You better know about SIDS in details before knowing about the unsafe places.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is commonly seen among children in between 1 month to 12 months. The first policy statement regarding how SIDS can be reduced was released by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) almost 17 years ago. The study recommended that babies should be put to sleep on their back. Since then parents are conscious about putting their babies on the back and the rate of SIDS has decreased by 50 percent. Side sleeping is not fully approved by AAP. Another recent recommendation by AAP was published in 2011 which recommends staying away from the market products assuring you to keep your baby away from SIDS. Besides, overheating is prohibited strongly. Taking care of your baby isn’t the only thing he needs rather his safety issues must be there.
Infants are the ones who require caregiver all day long. Is your little one still having naps in the crib? If so, you cannot stay so sure about his safety either. The list of unsafe places for infants is way longer than the safe one. You better have a look at the dangerous places for the little ones.
It is found that babies roll up in one position on the couch and then they fail to roll back. Thus he may fall from there and any kind of accident may take place. If there is anyone besides your baby to take care of him or watch over him, that might be another case. In case of other furniture, the same method should be followed. Your baby may fall from the couch and get hurt. Pediatrics study revealed that 13 percent infant passing accidents occurred to the ones who slept on couch or chair. Once your little babe knows the movement of his body, this won’t be any problem at all.
When you are carrying your baby, car seats do help you. Car seats are considered perfect and comfy for naps but never for a long hours. When your baby is having a nap at car seat, there must be someone to look after him. If you are eager to know further, then you should know that car seats are one of the unsafe places for your baby to sleep. And if you think of using it outside a car then the suggestions is negative. Yes, there might be babies who are using them and still going good but there is no logic of taking risks when it is about the life of your baby.
When your baby falls asleep in the car, the angle of his neck may not stay constant. It may change the directions of the car and thus your baby may face breathing problem in sleep. Since the baby stays in sleep, he wouldn’t be aware of the suffocation and thus this may cause his breathing difficulties. In some cases, the installation of the car seats for babies go wrong and causes difficulties. The study of AAP also reveals that highest number of the infants who die outside home are more likely to face difficulties in cars seats or strollers. It is difficult to place your sleeping baby to somewhere else once he falls asleep on car seats but you must make sure that there is someone to take care of him.
Have you noticed the instruction manuals in the bouncy seat you buy for your baby? If the instruction is given like you can only use the bouncy seat when the baby is attended, then don’t leave your unattended baby with the bouncy seats. Bouncy seats are really great for babies because they are comfortable enough to let them play in that. Besides, you can stay sure that your baby is moving with the protection of the bouncy seat. But how much safe is that bouncy seat when a baby falls asleep there? It is revealed that bouncy seats are one of the unsafe places for your baby.
There is no extra protection for your baby’s neck on the bouncy seats. In that case, the head may come forward or may go in such an angle where the baby may face problem in breathing. Moreover, your baby may move somewhere unsafe with these bouncy seats. If you think like your baby will just need a nap in those bouncy seats, then you are free to allow them have it. But make sure that you are nowhere else but beside your baby. A baby girl of 3 months met the end of her life due to having an accident with bouncy seats. The story still carries a horror for the infants.
Again, babies love to play on swings. You may leave your little kid to swings thinking that he would stop crying. Yes, that does work every time but make sure that your baby is not unattended this time as well. Swings are fantastic places to have a nap for your baby but it is not good for having a long-term sleep. Just like the other unsafe places for your baby, this is another one. This is as risky as the other ones. This can also block the airways of your little guy and lead him to death.
AAP research has got the best recommendations for the safest places your baby may have. They recommend letting your baby sleep on his back. Now think where your baby can do this? Maybe his crib, right? If your baby is still sleeping in his crib then put him to his crib as soon as you realize that he needs to move to there. Does your baby stay with you? Another thing to warn is that, unless your bed is extremely safe for your baby and has a separate place for him, don’t share your bed with your baby. Let them sleep separately and assure that you can attend as soon as you smell his danger or discomfort.
Look at the products before you buy:
Read the instruction manuals carefully. They may instruct you-
Read the instructions really carefully and follow them. It is better not to trust in every product you buy for your baby. There are some products that assure you the safety for your baby. You better stay careful and attend your baby as many times as possible. Besides these 3 unsafe places for your baby to sleep, there are much more places which are unsafe. They may get discovered with time and age. This is why staying careful about your baby is a must for each parent.
Relying on sleeping pills is not any wise decision even if you are suffering from sleep deprivation. Let me warn you that these sleeping medications may lead you to such a stage where you cannot have a single night’s sleep without them. Why must you take pills where there are natural and easier ways to sleep at night? All you have to do is listening to your body and you know that’s easier than going to a pharmacy and searching for the prescribed pill. Did you know that according to the CDC, between 35 and 45 percent of Americans unintentionally fell asleep during the day and nearly 5 percent fell asleep while driving? In 2010, 60 million people were prescribed sleeping pills and most of the patients were women. And yes, of course, the teenagers are mostly suffering in sleep deprivation. But I must say, those who are taking pills for sleeping even are the most sufferers unless you are a patient of sleep disorder. With the help of those pills, you may fall asleep soon but you will surely have a non-restful sleep. Besides, studies say that sleeping pills are highly connected to mortality rate and cancer. That is why before taking pills you must know which kind of sleeper you are and if you really need any pill or not.
Sleeping disorder includes sleep apnea, leg Cramps, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, snoring. There is a thinking including insomnia that it refers to staying awake all the night and this concept is not right all the time. The sleeping disorder may include waking up so early that the sleeping hour is not sufficient. If you wake up in the middle of the night for going to the restroom and cannot sleep after coming back then that is also a sleep disorder. Don’t be so much anxious if you need a little time to fall asleep because experts think that it’s okay if you need 20 minutes to sleep. Dr. Hadine Joffe who is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says that “Taking 20 minutes to fall asleep also doesn’t necessarily mean you have a sleep issue”. Let’s consider that you sleep 7-9 hours a day and still you feel exhausted while waking up. If you are facing this condition then you are suffering from sleep disorder.
So, if you are truly suffering from sleep disorders and taking medication for that, then I have better suggestions for you which will cost you no money.
Developing a good sleep hygiene means developing a habit of sleeping and waking up easily and timely. It’s not tough to maintain sleep hygiene but once you are out of the track, you will find it literally difficult coming back to the previous schedule. I will suggest not to sacrifice even one night for the biggest party because that may cost you suffering 30 nights’ sleep disorder. Don’t go bed too early that will make you wake up at 4 am. Go to bed pretty early around 11 pm and try to maintain the circle. Go to bed at 11 pm everyday even if you don’t feel sleepy. Thus you will gradually get a better sleep without sleeping pills.
I went angry when my parents didn’t let me have tea after evening during schooldays. Now I understand why they did so. Coffee or tea must be avoided at least 6 hours before going to bed. It is better to avoid them afternoon. Don’t think that you will fall asleep easily when you are drunk. Alcohol stimulates you and thus it may keep you awake longer. The suggestion is that avoid drinking alcohol too much and if you can you must avoid them at night.
Don’t eat too much at night: Experts say that you should stop eating at least before 2 hours of going to bed. Food provides you energy and thus keeps you awake. Avoiding sweets at night is a better idea if you wanna sleep early.
Drinking sufficient water is another great medication to sleep. For an adult 2 liters of water, a day is sufficient. Do drink enough water and vegetables. Don’t drink much water at night because it may awake you several times at night and thus may interrupt you the whole time.
Yes, heaven is a hyperbolic word for your bedroom maybe but you can at least try and I am telling you how. Confirm that your bedroom is not too much hot or cold. Don’t go to bed with too much light around. Turn off the lights. Noises won’t let you fall asleep. So, try to maintain calmness in your bedroom. If you think that your little baby or pet might interrupt in sleeping then keep them away. Don’t be so careless about your mattress and pillow. Choose the most comfortable one so that they don’t interrupt you during nights.
It is wise not to bring any electronic devices at your bed. Some people may think that television might create a relaxing environment in their bedroom but in some cases, it doesn’t. The program going on might catch your anxiety and make you worried.
A relaxed, calm mind is absolutely needed for a better sleep. Avoid journals or news before going to bed because that may make you think about the things happening around. Human minds think about the last things they observe. If you choose a really cool storybook or fiction despite an action movie, that might be relaxing to you. Keep your personal problems aside when you are about to sleep. If you cannot sleep then wake up and give your body a relaxing time. Clinical psychologist and specialist in sleep medicine Michael Breus suggest 4-7-8 breathing method which has helped people relax for centuries. To follow 4-7-8 method, inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for almost seven seconds, and exhale slowly for eight seconds and it’s over. You will feel so much relaxed after doing this.
I personally used to look at the clocks and think like how I am going to wake up for classes. Now I have found out that looking at clocks is a bad idea. Because that was making me even more anxious that I couldn’t close eyes. Don’t look at clocks and bother about what time the clock is holding.
You are physically fit and that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to work-out. Try to work out at least 30 minutes a day so that your body meets the needed circulations and in some cases gets tired enough to sleep early at night. One more thing, don’t work-out before going to bed because that might stimulate energy and keep you awake.
Even though you feel very mush sleepy during days, try not to fall asleep. You may take a power nap of 20 minutes but that might cause you staying awake at night.
There is a common phenomenon among most of the people that they want to wake up late during holidays. Don’t do that because as soon as the weekend is over, you will meet difficulties in waking up at the time.
Working at daylights is one of the easiest ideas to sleep at night. Start your works at daylight and don’t leave them for nights. Working at day will make you tired and give you a tension free night. Besides, working at daylight will help you lose weight and this will solve the sleeping disorders due to obesity.
Those who are suffering from sleep disorders are experiencing a dark sight of life. Not only them but also those who are taking sleeping pills, are about to suffer. Taking sleeping pills might look easier but it gradually makes you addicted to it. Unless severe conditions, Doctors don’t prescribe sleeping pills since there are enormous natural ways to fall asleep. Try the steps mentioned above and feel the change throughout the nights.
Feeling sleepy all day long and thus ruining the whole of it is probably not in your plan. This can only happen when either you are not having enough sleep or you are sleeping more than your body needs. Let me remind you that when you are sleeping, your body is actually getting prepared for the next day with shutting down the nervous system, the eyes closed, leaving the postural muscles relaxed and consciousness practically stays suspended.
The necessity of sleep decreases as you get older. Any distraction from the required sleeping hours may cause great suffering. Throughout years of researches, it has been proved that we human beings spend one-third of our lives in sleep. If an adult sleeps eight hours each day and have an average lifespan of 78.8 years (according to the Unites States), then he sleeps 9587.3 days in his life which is almost one-third of his entire life.
Before talking about the sleeping circle in details, you must have a look at the list of hours that you need to spend in sleeping considering your age group. The revised version is also included which is approved by U.S National Sleep Foundation.
|Stage of life||Age Group||Hours to sleep
|Hours to sleep
|Newborns||0-3 months||14-17 hours||12-18 hours|
|Infants||4-11 months||12-15 hours||14-15 hours|
|Toddlers||1-2 years||11-14 hours||12-14 hours|
|Preschoolers||3-5 years||10-13 hours||11-13 hours|
|School age children||6-13 years||09-11 hours||10-11 hours|
|Teenagers||14-17 years||08-10 hours||8.5-9.5 hours|
|Younger adults||18-25 years||07-09 hours||07-09 hours|
|Adults||26-64 years||07-09 hours||07-09 hours|
|Older Adults||65+ years||07-08 hours||07-08 hours|
Now it’s easier for you to match if you are sleeping accordingly or not. In case you aren’t on track, I want to let you know something really important.
Necessity of “Deep sleep” and “REM sleep”: When you are in deep sleep, the body gets repaired and gets you prepared for the next day. Besides, it boosts up the mind and mood. Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep is rather more important and this sleep is best found in nights. People go through this REM sleep in 4 or 5 stages. Adults generally spend 90-120 minutes in this REM sleep which is almost 20-25% of the sleeping hour. Infants spend more than half of their sleeping hours in REM. REM sleep is highly related to creativity and productivity. During this sleep, the eye moves randomly and the muscles stay paralysed.
You must because it is related to both your physical and mental health. Your body gets prepared for the next day while sleeping. Efficiency, energy of the body and the overall health will be improved if you can follow the sleeping chart. Not only this, Cellular metabolism and homeostasis are very much related with a sleeping circle. Moreover, metabolism is also responsible for molecular turnover and clearance of metabolic waste.
Ana Noia, a senior clinical physiologist in neurophysiology and sleep, at Bupa Cromwell Hospital says that, “During sleep, the hormone which stimulates growth, cell reproduction and regeneration is also released, so you can see why little ones sleep so much”. You cannot sleep as much as you want thinking that it will be improving your health. More or less sleep may lead body to less productivity, slowness in processing, less cognitive success and so on. Your digestive system remains according to the order when your body gets proper sleep and you stay out of obesity.
The people who sleep less than their body need are deprived of sleeping. Let’s see who are at this risk.
Firstly you may feel sleepy all the day and I’m sure you will. You will be unable to pay required concentration to anything you do and thus you will lack motivation and gather depression. Returning back to home you will find your sex drives decreased. Your life will be an irregular one.
Horrible to sound but it’s true that you may look much older than you are and yes the anti-aging creams may fail too. As an effect of irregular life, immune system of your body will be weakened and infections may get comfortable in staying with you. Moreover, several types of research prove that there is a high risk of facing memory problems when you are deprived of your required sleep. You will be unable to concentrate or learn as you could have done if you had sufficient sleep. Not done yet, your problem-solving skills will be reduced and thus you may face difficulties in making decisions. Hallucinations and delirium are very common outcomes of sleep deprivation and this may lead you to accidents.
If you are on diet then let me warn you that less or more sleep may cause you gain more weight. Don’t think that you should sleep as much as you can. Dr. Watson, MD and president-elect of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) says, “Long sleep may be a surrogate marker of poor health.” After a test, Matthew Walker, the director of the sleep and neuroimaging lab at the University of California, Berkeley, stated that “One sleepless night is the cognitive equivalent of being legally drunk”. Another study found that the risk of heart disease increased 50 percent for those who slept less than four hours a night compared to participants who slept between four and eight hours each night.
The answer is no. Unlike storing calories in body humans cannot just store sleep. “People think that sleep is like the bank. Walker has a better answer for the query. He says, “That you can accumulate a debt and then hope to pay it off at a later point in time. And we now know that sleep is not like that.” You cannot just sleep a whole day at weekend and preserve it for the working days. Doing so will interrupt your sleeping circle.
Don’t be careless when you sleep only 1 hour less: This is very much possible to think that sleeping only one hour less is not that much harmful to health. But I must say that sleeping only one hour less may leave you as sleepy as several hours can do. A study revealed that those who sleep one hour less a day may feel sleepy thrice a day while only one hour could solve them all.
Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as much as you can and avoid them especially at night. Drink sufficient water. You can try some workouts, maybe 30 minutes a day. Choose the best pillow suits you and this will not let you sleeping hour interrupted. Lastly, stay out of noises and lights at night.
Average adults need 8 hours sleep per day and this keeps their life circle perfect. But a study revealed that people sleeping 7 hours a day live longer.
Sleeping more than 8 hours is as harmful as sleeping less than 8 hours a day. Both can destroy the day and at the end may lead to an early death. A balanced sleep may present a healthy physic and mood.
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The concept of a cooling pillow is not a decade old invention. A cooling pad doesn’t mean to have a fan under your pillow rather it’s a pillow made of a special gel that provides cool ventilation overnight and makes you have a sound sleep. This gel makes you feel cool in summer as well as warm in winter. Moreover, best cooling pillow makes you feel more comfortable ensuring perfect support to your head and neck.
In fact, around the year except for the winter, our head gives off more heat than any other parts of our body and it sweats overnight. In our subconscious mind, we start to seek a cooler place in our pillow and flip continuously while sleeping. Constant pillow flipping, getting up with a sweated head and oily face and tired body makes a day bad enough to regret. This day may face you to some bad experiences of getting sleep publicly, getting day long sleepy etc.
From the very beginning of human history, people are looking for a perfect and optimized solution of bad sleeping regret. Chinese tried stone, Greek tried wood but failed to solve completely. In last decades people tried memory foam as a temperature resistant pillow. Memory foam is the best option for winter as it keeps the head warm overnight and ventilates as well. But in summer, memory foam can’t provide you the best cooling option. Today we have a new cooling option- to use cooling memory foam.
A cooling pillow filled with cool memory foam fiber makes you sleep with cool, sweat-free and sound sleep. Unlike other cooling devices, it doesn’t make a sound, it doesn’t need any extra power to create cool ventilation. According to experts, a cooler pillow makes you get a complete rest and gives you a fresh morning start. In that case, you can try with your pillow frizzing for several hours, but you may catch a sudden cold. So nothing left but uses a cooling foam pillow for a sound sleep in hot weather.
Cooling foam is generally made of a posture friendly combination of memory foam and gel. Memory foam provides softness, comfort and support meanwhile gel ensures ventilation and coolness. A cool pillow provides you some basic advantages to having a sound sleep.
Make you fall asleep quickly: Changing sleeping position and side, the countdown to getting sleep, late night clock watching is over now. Human race got a true solution of this century-old problem. Man invented a technology to make the pillow cool. With a cool pillow you will fall asleep quickly. You will feel that you found an iceberg on a hot sunny day. Research shows that you felt a three-quarter time faster with a cool pillow. A cool pillow sleeper sleeps three times deeper sleep than a regular pillow user.
Decrease certain types of insomnia: It can’t be explained to you, what is insomnia, if you are not an insomnia patient, you can’t realize the pain of this disease. An insomnia patient may feel to be mad for a sound sleep. A cooling pad may control your insomnia and make you get rid of certain types. To sleep at you early bad time make your hormones enriched and more productive.
Enchant your outlook: A cool sleeping environment, a cool pillow and your relaxed mind make you sleep deeply. A habit of getting regular sound sleep makes you look youthful, smart and energetic. Aged face mark, tired and bored about life and hopeless lazy fool outlook may run away from you only you sleep well. A cooling pillow allows you to build up your sound sleep habit.
Avoid certain metabolic diseases: A continual of certain disturbance while sleeping like talk, walk in sleep, in long run you may catch some metabolic diseases. Moving during sleep, changing positions continuously, sleep-talker are common metabolic symptoms. These typical symptoms are cause of metabolic disease.
Best doctor of your mental health: Postmodern medical science believes that a regular sound sleep improves your mental health. A sound free, calm, vandalized and cool sleeping environment make your mental health enriched day to day. You get your stamina deep, increase your patience and make you sharp.
Along with your mental health, a cooling pad makes change in your physical health. A cooling pillow helps you to reduce dandruff’s and makes your skin lovelier. A cool pillow directly makes feel cool in your bad time starting. It also helps you to have a bad time ending happily. Having a good starting and happy ending makes an entire journey happy. Thus a way you are leaving your bad and you are not missing it again unless you are tired. It may happen you are going to sleep only if you have the same cool pillow to sleep again.
Buying a cooling pillow is not as easy as it seems. You may consult your family doctor to get prescribed a cooling pillow. But a brand of cooling pillow differs on your budget and demand, Size and comfortability. At last, I would like to suggest you to buy the best cooling pillow which suits your budget and demand.