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Old 06-16-2008, 02:55 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:46 AM   #2
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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/
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:37 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:36 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:49 PM   #5
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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/co...eprrr_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

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
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:08 AM   #6
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Nikki,
This is the one that I have: Tri-Core Orthopedic Standard Size Support Pillow - Standard Support

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.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:54 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:11 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:56 PM   #9
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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
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