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Nikki Young
06-16-2008, 02:55 AM
Hey guys,

This probably sounds random... but does anyone have a pillow recommendation? :(

I sleep on a futon, so i don't sink much into my bed as i only have a thin mattress, but i can never find a comfortable pillow. The last couple of weeks i've had the tighest and sorest neck and it's only when i wake up that i feel the tension, so i know it's from sleeping. My arms go numb half the time (i'm a side sleeper) cause i have farily broad shoulders and so when i sleep on my side if my pillow isn't high enough my shoulder rolls in and then loses circulation. But then if my pillow is too high my neck is like \_ and then it hurts.

I've bought heaps of pillow over the years... but does anyone know of one which provides good support and has a good structure that may help relieve the tension in my neck/shoulders ?? All my current pillows are feather pillows.

Jay Cohen
06-16-2008, 05:46 AM
Hey guys,

This probably sounds random... but does anyone have a pillow recommendation? :(

I sleep on a futon, so i don't sink much into my bed as i only have a thin mattress, but i can never find a comfortable pillow. The last couple of weeks i've had the tighest and sorest neck and it's only when i wake up that i feel the tension, so i know it's from sleeping. My arms go numb half the time (i'm a side sleeper) cause i have farily broad shoulders and so when i sleep on my side if my pillow isn't high enough my shoulder rolls in and then loses circulation. But then if my pillow is too high my neck is like \_ and then it hurts.

I've bought heaps of pillow over the years... but does anyone know of one which provides good support and has a good structure that may help relieve the tension in my neck/shoulders ?? All my current pillows are feather pillows.

Nikki;

I sleep on crappy futon, have some same issues as to arms, but not with neck. I just bought a traditional Platform bed and upgrading to a new futon, will either have 6-8 inches of wool/foam, or I might opt for model with springs, but both are made in this country. As to pillow, I have a Buckwheat Hulled filled pillow which is very firm, but confirms to my neck/shoulders/head pretty well. Search Google, many suppliers out there.

Good luck.

Norka is where I bought Futon from.

Here is site: http://www.norkafuton.com/

Garrett Smith
06-16-2008, 06:37 AM
I like "cervical" pillows. They tend to be firmer and have multiple "heights" that one can experiment with.

If sleeping on one's back is preferred, I suggest minimal pillow usage so as not to encourage forward head posture. I really don't like the neck rolls, they tend to keep the neck muscles contracted.

Body pillows, used when sleeping on one's side, are very helpful. I take mine with me on trips when I can, I find it that important.

Tirzah Harper
06-16-2008, 08:36 AM
I actually use two pillows, to accomodate sleeping on my side or my stomach. I stack and shuffle as needed.
My stomach pillow is down, very fluffy and squishy. My husband actually bought them from a hotel he stayed at because they were so nice. $10 each.
My side pillow is some sort of firm pillow from Wal-Mart. It's pretty thick, so I flop that on top of the other pillow and my shoulder fits in pretty well. Having the down pillow underneath is nice because I can squish the feathers around to customize things.
Yes, I'm a picky sleeper.

Nikki Young
06-16-2008, 09:49 PM
Thanks guys!

My futon is on a wood base, but i prefer sleeping on a harder surface. I think the main issue is the pillows, as i'll often try and get comfortable with the pillow possition, then wake up with a stuff neck. I'll try fixing the pillow problem first and if i have no luck maybe look into upgrading my bed.

Garrett, by cervical pillows are you reffering to one like this? http://www.the-pillow.com.au/more/complete_sleeprrr_more.php

I've also looked at the moulding pillows, i tried one out at the store on the weekend and it felt awesome! Not very high though but they are like... $200! I might go for the body pillow! I've always wanted a large pillow :D

Tirzah, i just had a quick look at the stomach pillow / side sleeper pillow. Looks pretty good actually! Might see if they are in any of the stores here for a resonable price :)

Garrett Smith
06-17-2008, 08:08 AM
Nikki,
This is the one that I have: Tri-Core Orthopedic Standard Size Support Pillow - Standard Support (http://www.amazon.com/Tri-Core-Orthopedic-Standard-Support-Pillow/dp/B000ET9TXQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1213715075&sr=1-4)

Personally, I don't like pillows like the one you linked to, nor do I like the memory foam (molding) pillows. However, pillows are very much a personal preference issue.

Tirzah Harper
06-17-2008, 09:54 AM
both of mine are just generic "pillow" pillows...just different size/shapes to fully accomodate my different sleeping positions. (I only sleep on my back when I'm sick or totally exhausted. Can't sleep that way otherwise.)
I got by for a couple of years with the big firm "side" pillow, but now that I have the small squishy down "stomach" pillow, I feel thoroughly spoiled!

Also, our bed was made up of camping sleeping pads for several years...this pillow combo worked as happily on that as it does on my new mattress.

Mike ODonnell
06-18-2008, 08:11 AM
I use 1 $10 standard pillow....if I use 2 I wake up with a sore neck. Bought one of those fancy neck positioning NASA foam pillow things a long time ago...hated it. Probably all depends on whether you sleep on your side or back too....as I end up facing the celing all the time.

Nikki Young
06-22-2008, 05:56 PM
Thanks again guys! I had a look around on the weekend, but could only find the normal pillows. I'll have another look around, or maybe see if i can get one online. Trial and error i guess :)