If you’re constantly waking up with a stiff neck or a sharp pain from your neck all the way down to your spine when you turn or tilt your head, your problems could very well be caused by having a bad pillow. These problems are commonly shrugged off as being normal and are attributed to long working hours in front of the computer or shoulder tension from stress. While those are certainly contributing factors, the biggest cause of neck pain is almost always the pillow that you’re using.
Simply put, if your neck and spine aren’t properly supported while you’re sleeping, neck pain and aches will inevitably follow. There really isn’t any “right” sleeping position that you must get accustomed to. Instead, you should really be looking for the right pillow for your sleeping style.
Personally, after having experienced a variety of neck pains that come on and off constantly over the course of many years (almost as if they’re taking turns to annoy me), I tried changing my pillow upon the recommendation of a colleague. In less than 1 week of using my new pillow (it was a memory foam pillow), the effects were obvious.
I could turn and tilt my head forwards and to the sides a little more than usual before feeling the usual pain. I also felt significantly less pain when I let my head dangle forward on its own from where my neck connects to my shoulders. Within a month or so, I have also stopped experiencing this persistent problem whereby one side of my neck (left, right or the back depending on my sleeping position at night) would feel stiff when I woke up in the morning.
After conducting a considerable amount of further research online, I’ve come up with a list of the top things to take into consideration when choosing the best pillow for neck pain:
If you feel lost in choosing the right pillow to fix those pesky neck problems, fret not. These are the 5 best pillows for neck pain that I’ve tried and tested over 2 years:-
*Because of the constantly fluctuating prices, each item is represented with a differing amount of $ signs instead:
$ = less than $50 | $$ = Between $50-60 | $$$ = Above $60
As you might have guessed from the chart above, memory foam pillows are the best choices for people with neck pain simply because they fit all of the criteria listed above to prevent such problems in the first place.
The latest, and coincidentally, best pillow for neck pain that I’ve used thus far is the Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Combination Shredded Style Memory Foam Pillow. I have been using this particular pillow for over 3 months now and I’m convinced that it’s the absolute best memory foam pillow I’ve used so far, though only beating the others by a small margin. This was because my neck pain problems were almost completely diminished by the time I switched to this pillow (my 5th memory foam pillow) so it was harder to judge them properly.
This Snuggle Pedic pillow isn’t exactly cheap (it was $70 when I bought mine), but it does come with a 90-day money back guarantee and a 20-year warranty so it is certainly a safe purchase. After all, if this doesn’t work well for your neck pain, you could always have it returned.
Unlike most memory foam pillows that I’ve come across, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this pillow does not emit any chemical odor at all. The pillow itself is firm and dense enough to support my head and neck. It is also wide enough to fit both my head and neck, and it seems to have the perfect height to give me the right tilt that I need. This was especially important to me because I’m both a back and side sleeper. I usually fall asleep on my back but I occasionally wake up on my sides and this pillow is just the perfect fit for me since it’s suitable for both. The bamboo and lycra used for the pillow cover apparently helps to keep my head cool and comfortable too, but I never noticed such problems with my previous pillows so I can’t really comment on that.
From all the reviews I’ve read, Snuggle-Pedic does have a pretty awesome reputation for the quality of its products and it’s probably why they’re confident enough to offer such an extensive warranty and guarantee.
Anyway, good luck, thanks for reading and if this has helped you in any way at all, please give it a like or tweet it to your friends!