Not only can a body pillow help reduce your stress by improving your alignment and therefore, preventing you from waking up in pain, but it can also bring you comfort through the simple act of hugging something cozy. Your mind feels at ease and with that, your body begins to relax. Hugging brings about feelings of comfort and protection, even when you’re feeling sad or vulnerable.
The act of hugging your body pillow can definitely inspire a moment of nostalgia, since it mirrors that same embrace of a child and a stuffed animal. The difference here though is that this is an object designed to support your body during sleep, and with that, give you peace of mind. It is benefiting you both emotionally and physically.
But how exactly do objects such as a body pillow evoke such a strong sense of comfort?
I dug a little deeper into security blankets, and research shows that this type of gravitation towards certain cozy objects isn’t uncommon, even for adults. A Live Science article explores this topic by explaining why these objects can be so meaningful. Suzanne Shu, a professor of behavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses these connections and comforts: “"Part of the story of what happens with touch is it almost becomes an extension of yourself," she says. "You feel like it's more a part of you, and you just have this deeper attachment to it." She also notes that an object with a particularly smooth texture (like maybe super soft organic cotton?) is even more enticing.
Natural is Better
If you’re looking for something to improve your sleep and overall happiness, it’s important that you go the natural route. Introducing pillows filled with polyester and other synthetic materials to your bedroom doesn’t sound too comfy to us. We use fills such as organic kapok and natural latex. We offer several options because we realize that everyone has different needs and preferences. Perhaps you like a super fluffy pillow, or maybe you actually prefer one that is on the firmer side. You can sleep well knowing that our pillows are never treated with harmful chemicals and are instead created with your health and comfort in mind.