The poor pillow. It is tossed, fluffed, patted and used to knock around teenagers at slumber parties. The truth is, pillows are rarely thought about until your body starts to ache. Even then people often stack them up, fold them over and otherwise abuse them in an attempt to get the support they need.
But the wrong size and density of pillow can have damaging affects well beyond just sacrificing momentary comfort. It can cause real problems in the back, neck and shoulders. This stress on the body can lead to chronic headaches as well. It pays to take the time to find the right pillow. For avid readers, a reading pillow will make losing yourself in a good book even easier.
Size and Density
One of the most important features of a reading pillow is their size. It has to be tall enough to provide a comfortable surface for the shoulders and neck to lean into and wide enough to lay on comfortably without feeling crowded. Look for a dense pillow which can support weight without collapsing, yet with enough give to not feel like a sheet of plywood. If your lower back normally feels tight or sore after a marathon reading session, look for a pillow with lumbar support.
Many of the pillows on the market advertised as reading pillows have armrests. Some readers find these relaxing, others consider them claustrophobic. How close you hold your book or tablet and whether you sit up straight or lean back to read are all important considerations. If you read a book closely and tuck your arms into your body when reading, armrests are more hindrance than help. This is also true if you like to lay back while reading. Reading pillows with arms are best for those who enjoy sitting upright and need to brace their elbows while they read.
A basic pillow is enough for some, but others love all the bells and whistles. For these people bed pillows are available with attached book lights, storage pockets and cup holders. Whatever your budget and preference, a reading pillow can be found.
Anyone who reads regularly in bed owes it to themselves to take the time to pick out the best reading pillows. One size does not fit all, so choose one that matches your habits. A small investment will make your hobby more relaxing and protect your neck and back.