When it comes to comfort in bed or on your couch you can’t beat a pillow with arms. There is a lot of confusion about these items as they are referred to by many names including bed rest pillow, husband pillow, back rest pillow and reading pillow. The strangest of these is husband pillow.
Why is it called a Husband Pillow?
Husband Pillows got their name because they give the impression of a strong and supportive person. This consists of the backrest which helps keep your back supported and two arms which wrap around you like a hug from behind.
What is a pillow with arms for?
You might ask why is a bed rest pillow with arms better then regular pillows? Well they are frequently used to help the user sit up straight when in bed or watching television. Particularly anyone suffering with back or neck pain issues. It can of course be used in any number of situations simply for comfort such as which reading, sitting for long periods or supporting mothers while breast feeding.
Can it help with back pain?
If you suffer with back pain or poor posture the support from a back rest pillow with arms can help to ease your discomfort. Especially if you spend long periods sitting for work or at home. You can use it to support you keeping your back straight and your arms supported. In addition to helping with back pain the fact that your arms are supported can help with other issues. A good example is neck and shoulder pain. Relieving additional stress on these areas can help recovery from injury or prolonged stress.
What do I need to look out for?
It’s important to check the size of any Bed rest pillow with arms. There are many sizes and styles and the wrong one may not be suitable for you. Be sure to check the size if you are purchasing one. Generally the larger ones are best as they are suitable for most uses. If however you want one for a child then be sure to look out for a smaller size.
If you have any allergies you may need to consider a back rest pillow that is hypoallergenic. This will ensure you don’t have any adverse reactions to the material or stuffing in the pillow.
Is there only one type of pillow with arms?
There are a lot of other options and models of pillows with arms. Really it comes down to how much money you want to spend and what you want it for. Some come with built in heat pads and massage settings. Others are simply standard back rest pillows. For long term value the standard type tends to be better as it has no extra features to breakdown or cause problems.
So where can I find a back rest pillow?
While there is sometimes availability in furniture & bedding stores my experience is that the best range and value can be found online. It also has the added benefit of being delivered to your door. To view some of the selection available you can browse here.