8 Unbelievable Facts About the History of Pillows + America's Mattress of Long Island Promotion

Have you ever stopped to think about how important pillows are to our lives?

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They’re all around us in different sizes, shapes, colors, and fillings. Feather pillows, down pillows, memory foam pillows, microbead pillows, buckwheat pillows, sleep apnea pillows, neck pillows, body pillows, lumbar pillows, wedge pillows, throw pillows...and the list goes on.

A single pillow can be the difference between a good night of sleep and a bad one. When you consider that we spend a full one-third of lives sleeping (or, at least, attempting to) - it really puts the significance of owning an AMAZING pillow up near the top of the priority list.

Sleeping on the right pillow can make the difference between a good night's rest and a fitful one or an energized morning and a difficult start.

That’s why having industry professionals, like the Sleep Simple experts at the newly-opened America’s Mattress of Long Island in Huntington Village, who are ready and willing to offer advice on choosing a good quality pillow that is suited to your body, your health, and the way that you sleep can really be a game-changer when we’re looking to create a positive impact on our quality of sleep - and the quality of our lives!

If you haven’t looked at replacing your pillows in awhile, you’ll probably be surprised at many of the recent advancements that have been made in pillow technology - another reason why we’re so fortunate to have the local experts at America’s Mattress in Huntington Village to guide us to some of the newest and best options out there.

  

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But before we look at where pillows have arrived - and the generous Pillow Promotion our friends at America’s Mattress in Huntington Village have partnered with us on - let’s first take a quick glance back at where pillows have come from. That way we can truly appreciate the full implications of living in this modern age of pillow abundance!

1. Ancient Pillow History

Pillows appear to have entered the historical record around 7,000 BC, as used by the early civilizations of Mesopotamia. In this early pillow era, they were considered a status symbol indicative of affluence - therefore, they were only owned by wealthy families. But these weren’t the cofortable pillows we know and love today. The pillows of this age were made of stone and were primarily designed for the purpose of stopping bugs from crawling into the ears of well-to-do citizens.

  

2. Ancient Egyptian Headrests

Modern man may prefer their pillows soft and fluffy, but the ancient Egyptians were somewhat more formal and actually used a headrest to bridge the gap between the shoulder and head while sleeping. These headrests, above and beyond providing a comfortable sleeping position, also enabled the circulation of air around the head, a definite plus in the hot desert climate of Egypt.

Tutankhamun Headrest - Photo Credit: Jon Bodsworth [Copyrighted free use], via Wikimedia Commons

  

3. Ancient Chinese Pillows

Ancient Chinese pillows, across many Dynasties, were traditionally solid and made from a wide range of materials including bamboo, jade, porcelain, wood, and bronze. These pillows tended to be highly ornate, were produced in a variety of shapes, and were decorated with painted pictures of animals, humans, and plants on them. Today, these pillows are highly sought by collectors because of their artistic merit and value.


A pottery pillow from the Jīn Dynasty (1115–1234) - Photo Credit: Wikipedia - CC0

  

4. Confucius

In approximately 500 BC, Chinese philosopher Confucius - who is widely considered as one of the most important and influential individuals in affecting the lives of humanity - mused on the necessity of pillows by stating: "With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of these things.”

  

5. Greek and Roman Pillows

Much to our pleasure today, the Greeks and Romans of ancient Europe pioneered the creation of softer pillow types. They used cloth stuffed with reeds, feathers, and straw in their successful bid to bring more comfort into the fine art of pillow production. A Bonus Thought: Do you think it was the increased softness of pillows and the resulting improvement in sleep quality that eventually led to the Renaissance?

  

6. The Great Pillow Ban

It has been spoken that, during his reign in the 1500s, King Henry VIII banned the use of soft pillows with the exception of use by pregnant women. Can you imagine the pillow police showing up in your bedroom under the cover of night and confiscating all of your comfy contraband?

  

7. Dreams of a Geisha

The process of becoming a Japanese Geisha is a long and arduous one; and their rigorous instruction made them subject to rules governing their physical appearance while awake - and also while sleeping. Part of the ritual training required Geisha-apprentices to sleep on a taka-makura, or "tall pillow” which was designed to elevate their necks and heads without touching their complex hairdos (which were time-consuming to create and expected to last for several days at a time). In some cases, rice would be placed beneath the taka-makura and any Geisha-apprentice found to have rice in her hair upon awakening would be subject to disciplinary measures.

A Geisha lies down on her taka-makura; Photo credit: Internet Archive Book Images via Visual Hunt / No known copyright restrictions

  

8. The Industrial Revolution

Eventually, the industrial revolution occurred - bringing with it comfortable pillows for the masses. Finally, we could all afford a soft and snug place to place our heads at the end of the day! You get a pillow! You get a pillow! EVERYONE gets pillows!!!

  

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About America's Mattress of Long Island

There is a brand new America's Mattress location Now Open in Huntington, Long Island!

Not One For All, Just The Right One For You.

America’s Mattress is a specialty sleep shop offering the most innovative mattresses curated by our Sleep Simple experts to give you an easy way to find your perfect sleep.

We are your local premium mattress and bedding retailer! America's Mattress is revolutionizing the way business is done in the sleep industry. Our mission is to provide the most innovative guest driven sleep experience, and it is our goal to be the most trusted sleep retailer on Long Island. Selling a mattress to you is more than our business, it's part of our commitment to providing the best experience filled with trust, integrity and kindness. When you choose to allow us to guide you through our Sleep Simple process we will find the best sleep available to you and your loved ones. We intend to have you completely satisfied with your time in our store from start to finish. There are many things we sacrifice on in life, sleep should not be one of them,come in, lay down, and let us educate you on the best mattress to suit all of your needs. We would love to earn your business!

Address: 357 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY, 11743

Phone: (631) 824-6168

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