Restful sleep and your pillow; My experience

How often this happens; you are tossing and turning on your bed, trying to get your beauty sleep, but this comfort eludes you? To me, it happens way too often.

And then there are days when you get your six-seven hours of uninterrupted sleep and it feels like you’re a totally different person.

Recently, I’d noticed that I got up with shoulder pain as well. The whole area and my neck felt tight and hard. After giving the matter some thought, I decided to try something different.

Previously I have tried many types of pillows. Soft ones, hard ones, flat ones, fluffy ones, one made of memory foam, and a combination of the above. My usual is two pillows, a medium one and a soft one on the top. But since this wasn’t producing good results, I got rid of them.

And I bought a memory foam contour pillow for myself. The deal was that I had 24 hours to try it and if I wasn’t comfortable using it, I could exchange it for something else.

The first night wasn’t that great a success. But I thought that it deserved another try so I decided to keep it and the second night’s sleep was better. It’s gone successively better from then.

The higher side supports the neck and then the head rests at the level of the heart when we are sleeping or lying down. This facilitates the blood flow towards the brain and helps us get better sleep. The neck is supported in its natural position and I get up free from any pain in my neck or shoulders.

All this long story is to convey to you that sometimes we need to break old habits and do something different to get more out of life.

How well do you sleep?

Are your bed and pillow helping or hindering in your efforts of getting a good night’s sleep?




54 thoughts on “Restful sleep and your pillow; My experience

  1. I tried this pillow once and I almost could not walk the next day. That scared me! I have arthritis in my neck and vertigo, so I use down pillows that will conform to my head and neck in any position. Glad this worked for you, Sadje.

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  2. Our sleep patterns are erratic but I agree pillows are important. I used to sleep with 2, now I sleep with three, one being quite thin to give me just that little extra height. Hubby has four or five but has to wrap them round him as he has other issues to take into account. For him, it works to sleep on the sofa! We tried something similar to the contour pillow but could not get on with it at all.

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    1. For GRD, Iโ€™ve elevated my head side by 4-5โ€ it has improved my digestion quite a lot. I took a while to get used to just one pillow, but now I feel much better in the morning!

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  3. I tossed and turned a lot last night – not so much much because of the pillow but because of the heat. I like what you had to say here though. My daughter suffers a lot from neck pain. I will suggest she try this. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  4. I, too, had to resort to this pillow. And it was/is a hard on to get used to but works if I can relax into it.

    I seem to need more positions than just my side. I need to learn against the wall to keep my back straight. But when knees or hips complain, I have to flip to the opposite end of the bed.

    Sometimes, I need to sleep on my belly. So I have a thinnish pillow under the contour one. Not only is it handy for the position change, it raises my head and shoulders so GERD doesn’t happen very often.

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    1. Yes, it is different from the usual ones. Long time ago I used another version of it, made from ordinary foam and that didnโ€™t work out for me. This one is softer, made of memory foam and I found it easier to get used to.

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  5. I changed my pillow after waking up with a stiff neck once. Sometimes I prefer sleeping flat with no pillow at all. I toss a lot in my sleep sometimes the pillow doesn’t stay in its position. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚ I sleep heavily though, at least 6hours.

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