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History of Pillows

Nov 17, 2017

Today, a good night’s sleep seems to be a distant dream. With grueling work schedules and hectic lifestyles, eight hours of shut-eye is nigh impossible. Thankfully, a healthy sleep aid is at hand – an MM Foam 100% Natural Latex Pillow. They go beyond comfort, providing therapeutic support to your neck, back, head and spine.

In ancient times, a pillow was a luxury item. The upper class were the only privileged ones who could afford it, unlike today. Even the reasons for using pillows were not for comfort or health reasons.

Let’s trace the history of the pillow:

7000 B.C – ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA

The first pillows were created in Mesopotamia. It was used, primarily, to keep insects from crawling into a person’s nose, mouth or hair. But perhaps the most interesting fact about these ancient pillows was that they were made of stone, in contrast to the comfortable material we normally associate with pillows today.

2055 B.C – ANCIENT EGYPT

Ancient Egyptians thought that the pillow protected the head, which was the spiritual centre of the body. They made pillows from wood to support the neck and spine, as well as for blood circulation. They believed that pillows had a mystical element and historians often consider this divine belief in pillows is why they were used for mummies of the upper class.

907 B.C – ANCIENT CHINA

In ancient China, however, pillows were made from a variety of materials - porcelain, bronze, jade, stone, bamboo and wood. The reason the Chinese didn’t make softer pillows was because they believed that these pillows were unsuccessful at keeping demons away and that softer pillows stole energy and vitality from the body while you slept.

753 B.C – ANCIENT ROME AND GREECE

It was in Europe that pillows gained their comfortable luxurious feel. Soft pillows from feathers and straw were made by the ancient Romans and Greek who used it to relax

900 A.D – EUROPE

In the Middle Ages, people believed that sleeping on pillows was a sign of weakness, so they were only used by kings and pregnant women.

1800 A.D - ENGLAND

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, pillows became a household commodity.

 1929 A.D – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Latex for mattresses was first produced and used  - until World War II, when Japanese armies in Malaya ravaged the rubber plantations. The only way asthma patients and those with a bad back could get a latex mattress was through a doctor’s prescription.

Thankfully, those days are behind us. MM Foam provides that much needed comfort to all who need it, with our 100% Natural Latex pillows. We’ve got your back.

SOURCES:

  1. https://bestpillowforsleeping.com/
  2. https://www.dunlopillo-bedding.com.au/about-dunlopillo
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