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#284680 03/10/21 01:28 AM
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I figured this would be a sympathetic group to ask. I am predominantly a side sleeper. Usually i start on my back to relax, with and without a pillow, and then roll over to a side. I've tried NUMEROUS pillows over the years. Latex foam, shredded foam, contour foam, down alternatives, cooling foam with a curve for side sleepers... and i always end up reverting back to my 10-15 year old sleep innovations memory foam pillow. dense, heavy, but soft and comfortable and won't compress. Now it seems it's reaching the end of it's life (well, surpassed it already actually) and the neck pains are starting to rear their ugly head again. Now i was looking to just buy a new one, but it seems they're only available through amazon, and many recent reviews have stated it's a completely different pillow now. different branding, different feel. So before i go drop a stupid amount of money on a tempur-pedic pillow, i thought i'd see if any of y'all had a good recommendation. I definitely prefer the heavy density of a tempur type foam, but am open to other suggestions.

thanks in advance!

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smallerrock #284681 03/10/21 01:55 AM
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Sorry, no great recommendation. I can related. I do the exact same thing at night with a very old pillow. I start on my back to relax, with and without a pillow, and then roll over to a side with the old pillow. I haven't found another pillow that I prefer. I've been tempted to bring the pillow when traveling. I do bring it when traveling by car and I have extra space in the car. The label is too old to make out what it is made from. it's not a memory foam. I think it's the height that makes the difference for me, keeping my neck in fair alignment with the rest of my spine while on my back or side.

I'm not sure that helps :-)


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smallerrock #284682 03/10/21 01:41 PM
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I like the latex foam pillows and mattresses from Brooklyn Bedding.

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smallerrock #284683 03/10/21 01:45 PM
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smallerrock #284684 03/11/21 03:52 AM
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I use a memory foam contoured pillow but because I’m very petite, I use the shallower side of the contour.

I tend to buy the cheaper ones that feel a little mushier. They work for me.

I’m a side sleeper. My neck is awful, almost no range of motion. I take that darned pillow with me everywhere. When we fly, it is almost my entire carry on luggage unfortunately. But it’s the only thing I can sleep on.


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smallerrock #284699 03/24/21 02:52 AM
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Buy a soft 100% goose down pillow (no feather - just down). I bought my wife one for her birthday and she loves it, but I paid $200 for a single pillow.


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smallerrock #284704 03/27/21 02:21 AM
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I’m a side sleeper too. I’ve gone through dozens of pillows over the years. Last year I gave in and decided to spend a little more on a pillow than I normally would. After doing a ton of research, I decided to buy the Layla Kapok Pillow. It’s highly recommended for side sleepers and it’s customizable (you can add or remove foam). You have 120 nights to try it and if you don’t like it, you can return. Personally it’s made a world of difference for me. I bought a queen size and a king size, I keep one slightly firmer than the other. I hope this helps and good luck!


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smallerrock #284707 03/27/21 04:44 PM
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I'm a back sleeper. A couple of months ago I decided to buy an expensive pillow (and also a new bed/mattress). Mostly out of frustration because of yet another night with pain. I've bought the Tempur(-pedic) Symphony pillow. It has a side for back sleepers and a side for side sleepers. But I'm not convinced it was a good choice. Yes, the material and shape of the pillow are very high quality. It's dense and heavy so it doesn't move around a lot, you'll be very stable in bed. But I think I need a much flatter pillow. This one is quite bulky. I've read somewhere that AS patients are better off with a very thin pillow. I think there might be some truth to it.


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smallerrock #284741 05/03/21 01:47 PM
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I use a MyPillow and it works wonderfully.


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