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tyno3
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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anybody know how these special pillows work? There's a bunch on the market. There's one memory foam  pillow, another that is shaped like a banana, high on top and bottom and curved down in the middle, and another filled with water. I find I wake up in the weirdest position with my head hanging off the scrunched up feather pillow I use and all the weight of the my head is dangling from my neck. Needless to say, it doesn't help with the neck stiffness one bit Anyone? The cost is quite high and I don't want to throw my eensey beensy money away.
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dolphinfire
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I too would love input on this as a use a walmart pillow that is now flat from the weight of my head.
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RedDiane
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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
A while back I decided to get a good pillow, no matter what it took. I got several from Bed, Bath and Beyond, but I didn't take them out of the plastic. Fortunately I didn't have to lay on them very long to know if I liked them ( not like sleeping on them all night). I kept returning them and getting new ones, until I got one I liked. I got one of the memory foam pillows that I really liked for sleeping on my side. But I also sleep on my back and my head is not heavy enough to push the foam down and it hurt my neck. I got a softer one that I like much better. Diane
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Orlo
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   Posted 1/26/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have one of the ones that is high on the top and bottom and scooped down in the middle. I really like it, but only because it's soft. I've also slept on a hard one that does nothing but bad things for my neck and back. I like how I can pick the diffrent hieights, since one side is higher than the other. It also supports me really well. I think it's possibly a tempure pedic?
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Sherrine
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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I bought a Memory Foam pillow and I couldn't sleep on it.  I now am sitting on it in my desk chair.  It's great for your rear end!  yeah
 
Then I bought a fiber pollow from Bed, Bath, and Beyone and I do like this one.  It scrunches up and will give support to my neck and my head.
 
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lucysgd
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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Ha!  Now I know what to do with the (pricey) tempurpedic pillow my DH bought me!  I guess they have different densities and the one he bought is too firm for my head - feels like a rock - especially in a cool room (which is the way I like to sleep).  Now sitting on it will be another matter entirely tongue -- Lucy
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Chutz
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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
For anyone who sews...I looked around for neck pillow patterns. idea I have one buried somewhere in this pile of fabric but can't put my hands on it right this minute. If anyone is interested is sewing their own neck pillow I'll be happy to transfer it to a pdf and email it to anyone who'd like.

Here are websites with contour type pillows. It would also be easy to just sketch your own pattern. Let me know if anyone needs help...

Chutzie

http://www.kids-sewing-projects.com/neck-pillow.html

http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa030398.htm

A tip on sewing the C shaped pillows:

Make out of polar fleece, flannel or cotton ... press fusible batting to the wrong sides then sew the two u-shaped pieces together leaving an opening. Stuff it with fiberfil until you get the fullness you like. Then stitch up the opening. They can be opened up again if more filling is needed and they wash and dry like a dream
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tyno3
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like the more expensive they are, the less effective they are (almost, unless you have a sore bottom). Water filled? Any feedback on those. My concern would be that the water would get cold and make my neck stiff.

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pattipanda
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
That's a good question.  Over the past year I've spent a lot of money looking for the perfect pillow.  I got a mem. foam pillow for side sleepers... the thing is like a rock.  I couldn't stand it. (it make a good back support pillow when I'm in my recliner, though), then I got a "side sleeper" pillow..  it's ok.. but I have to use a soft pillow on top because, again, it was tooo hard.  I miss my feather pillows, but had to kiss them good bye because I developed an allergy to them.  I don't sew so making my own won't be happening.  So, if anyone comes up with something that works for a side sleeper, like me, I'm all ears. 

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Dagger
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I like the idea of keeping the plastic on the pillow until you know if you like it. I have 12 pillows on my bed and I don't really like any of them. I just didn't want to buy any more and then find out I didn't like them.

I agree about the water pillow. I would think it would get cold and uncomfortable. Sure, your body heat would warm it but you'd start with a cold pillow. Yuck!

Chutz
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I slept on a waterbed for years and years...until a couple of months ago...and let me tell you, when the power went out for more than a day that bed was like sleeping on a cold rock! So I would imagine a pillow would be the same. One person mentioned feather pillows and I do have one of those that's my favorite. But allergies are a problem there.

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PAlady
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   Posted 1/27/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
This is something I've got way too mucn experience with, having had neck problems for decades. I can't tell you the pillows stacked in my closet and elsewhere that didn't work. I got two free pillows with my tempurpedic mattress; love the mattress but the pillows to me were worthless (they're still in the box and I keep thinking of putting them on ebay!). I did find a memory foam pillow that had a small percent of gel in it and I loved it for a year or two, then couldn't find the exact replacement. That one was costly, too. Now I'm using the one that I think is like the one Orlo described above. Found it at a local medical supply store. Only problem is it seems to need replacement in a few months. We had a thread going about pillows on the CP forum and some of the people who used the water ones gave some details. You may want to try searching for that thread.

Another idea is to buy them from HSN or QVC because you have a 30 day return policy even if you use them!

PaLady
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