Body pillows are what they sound like, large cushions that are meant to support your entire body while you sleep. They originated in Japan, where they’re known as dakimakura, which translates to a pillow that you cling to or embrace.
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Body pillows rose to fame in the 1990s, due to the many alleged health benefits that come with using them while you sleep. We know that they’re popular- they’re sold at most home goods stores, and many pregnant women swear by them. In Japan, they’re popular items for children.
The Benefits of Body Pillows
There are many benefits associated with the use of body pillows that don’t just apply to pregnant women and children. They can help men get a better night’s sleep as well, providing those refreshed mornings people often long for. The kind of mornings that make you ready to face the day, no matter what it’s about to throw at you.
Benefits of using body pillows have been said to include:
- Relieving pain and stress on the joints
- Supporting the spinal cord, alleviating back pain
- Providing neck support
- Increasing circulation and reducing inflammation
- Reducing insomnia
They come in all shapes and forms. Some of the more advanced body pillows are temperature controlled, include massage options, or produce gentle vibrations to help lull users to sleep. What started as a simple, oversized pillow has evolved into an advanced sleep aid.