Best Pillow For Neck Pain - The 5 Top Choices That You Have

memory foam pillow

Memory foam pillows are excellent for neck pain.

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.

Main Cause of Neck Pain

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.

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The wrong and right pillows for back and side sleepers

Personal Experience

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.

Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Pillow

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:

  • Your pillow should be wide enough to fit your head and neck. Many often rest only their head on the pillow, leaving a gap between the head and shoulders where the neck is exposed to air. It is important to keep your neck and shoulders warm to avoid neck ache and stiffness.
  • Try to avoid using two or more pillows. Using too many pillows will tilt your head forward causing strain on your neck. One pillow is enough if it’s the right one.
  • Use a pillow which suits your sleeping position. If you are a side sleeper or if you sleep on your stomach, the pillow which you are using for your head and neck should be soft and relatively flat. This is to ensure that your neck isn’t tilted in an unnatural position when you sleep.
  • Side sleepers should also use a firm body or knee pillow to ensure that your spine is maintained straight throughout the night. A body or knee pillow will prevent your knees from coming together and causing a strain on your spine. This will also avoid any strain on your neck since the spine is connected to the neck.
  • Know the contents of your pillow. The different properties in your pillow have benefits that may or may not be useful to you. For instance, using a feather or down based pillow will not resolve your neck problems since they are generally soft and do not provide sufficient support in the first place. If neck aches are your concern, then you should be using water-based or memory foam pillows.
  • Most pillows have specific purposes. Your neck problems could get worse if you use the wrong type of pillow. You cannot use a pregnancy pillow and expect your neck pains to go away.
  • If your pillow is flattened and cannot be inflated again, then it is time to change it. A flattened pillow will not provide the necessary support for your head and neck.

Top 5 Pillow Choices 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:-

PillowRatingReviewsType & CoverHypoallergenicWarrantyPrice
Snuggle-Pedic Shredded Style Memory Foam Pillow

(Editor's Choice)
4.5/56,000+Memory Foam - V.O.C. Biogreen memory foam, CertiPur-U.S. certified foam

Cover - 43% vicose of bamboo, 56.4% polyester, 0.6% lycra
Yes20 yearsbutton
Coop Home Goods Shredded Memory Foam Pillow4.4/511,000+Memory Foam - 100% U.S. made CertiPur-U.S. certified foam

Cover - 60% polyester, 40% bamboo
Yes5 yearsbutton
Z Zoned Dough Gel-Infused Memory Foam Pillow4.1/5100+Memory Foam - Gel dough memory foam

Cover - Rayon from bamboo velour
No5 yearsbutton
Chiroflow Pro Premium Waterbase Pillow4.1/5500+Water - Ordinary tap water

Cover - Polyester fibre, Thermal insulator
Yes3 yearsbutton
Sleep Better Iso-Cool Memory Foam Bed Pillow3.8/54,000+Memory Foam - Visco-elastic memory foam

Cover - 100% cotton
Yes15 yearsbutton

 


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.

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Snuggle-Pedic’s King Size Memory Foam Pillow

Pros & Cons

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!

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