Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pillow Talk

Recently, I've been trying to introduce a little pillow to Aaron. He doesn't really get the idea of the pillow yet and keeps sitting ON it before laying down and then worms his way down until his head is on it. That lasts about 2 seconds before he's up and trying to position himself on it again. I'm not fussed about it. The pillow was just another gimmick I was trying out to get him to sleep.

Maybe the pillow's success is also hindered by the fact that I sleep on a completely different type. And he wants something like mine.

I started sleeping on the ancient Chinese style porcelain pillow about 6 years ago. My father had been sleeping on one for several years by then when I gave it a go one afternoon and never looked back.



This type of pillow first appeared in the Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD), reached a peak during the 10th-14th Centuries and then were phased out during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) when supposedly 'better' pillow making materials emerged.

It may look hard and uncomfortable but in reality, it keeps you cool during hot and humid weather and provides the perfect support for your head/neck. I used to have a lot of neck and shoulder aches, probably due to bad posture, but after I started with these pillows, they're all gone. If I travel and have to sleep on a regular pillow, I wake up the next day feeling stiff again. What I do is grab either the telephone directories or something similar for that perfect nights sleep. I've even seen my father sleep on an overturned bowl once when he couldn't find anything better. This pillow is hard to get into but addictive.

Go try it out with your telephone directories, or maybe a rectangular Tupperware.

7 comments:

Bilbo said...

The porcelain pillow is an amazing concept...it surely doesn't seem like it would be very comfortable, but your explanation makes it sound logical. Since I have lots of trouble with my neck, and Agnes and I both get aches and pains in our backs and shoulders, I wonder if such a pillow mightn't help? I've never seen or heard of one, though, and I wouldn't even begin to know where to look for one, so I guess we'll just have to try the telephone book or Tupperware idea.

Kellan said...

I have never seen one of these or even heard of this before - how fascinating!! I can't imagine being able to sleep on it, but if you say it works, I find that amazing! I do believe it would help with back/neck pain - it makes sense. Thanks for introducing me to this porcelain pillow - very cool.

Have a good day, Amanda - see you later. Kellan

Jean-Luc Picard said...

This looks beautiful. I had never heard of this, but looks so fascinating.

Nap Warden said...

Wow, I gotta say, I kinda want to try it...

Serina Hope said...

OMG, I can't even imagine. If I wasn't addicted to Stoosh I would so give this a try. Your pillow is lovely..like art.

JUST A MOM said...

HEy I know it has been a bit sory,, I have to say that does NOT look comfy to me. I spent the night at my mom's last night and her couch was as hard as a rock and the pillow too and it had feathers in it. Good luck and I say don't worry bout baby boy sleeping with you enjoy it he will grow up too soon.

egan said...

This pillow could be the answer to all my problems. I have trouble with pillows as they're either too flat or too fluffy. This might do the trick.