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The Best Pillows for Neck Pain


best pillow for neck pain

If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you know how hard it can be to get a good night’s sleep as well as wake up pain free. It can even get so bad your arms feel numb or you have migraines. You see, the job of your pillow is to hold your neck and head at the right height to prevent unnecessary strain. If your pillow is too high, too low, or simply doesn’t support your neck, it can cause pressure to build up as your neck tries to compensate for the lack of support. Ouch! Just reading this is painful!

Clearly, you cannot keep living this way. And while a supportive, high-quality mattress can do quite a bit to help alleviate some amount of pain and increase your sleep satisfaction, it’s not the only factor you should pay attention to. Another important piece of the puzzle is purchasing a new, top-quality pillow!

The Best Contour Pillow

A pillow that is too old, flat, or lumpy is at best not going to help your neck and at worst actually contribute to making your pain worse. On the other hand, contoured pillows for neck pain and migraines make it possible to not only get through your day, but enjoy it! What you need is a pillow contoured to your body’s shape. These pillows feature an ergonomic design that conforms to the neck and head, giving you the support you need to correctly align your spine. One of our favorite options is the Malouf Contour Dough Pillow. The ergonomic contour design fits the natural curves of your head, neck, and shoulders, correctly aligning your spine for comforting sleep. Thanks to the Dough® formula, which creates a softer, more supportive memory foam, this wedge pillow reduces pressure points and adds comfort. Another one of our top choices for the best contour pillow for neck pain is the Malouf Contour Gel Dough™ + Z™ Gel Pillow. This is one of our favorites because it does more than just contour to your body. Infused with Z™ Gel, the Gel Dough® formula creates a cooler, softer memory foam. The breathable Tencel™ cover aids in obtaining the perfect sleeping temperature. 

The Best Pillow for Your Sleep Position

You should rest your head on a cloud of dreamy support, no matter how you sleep! Not everyone sleeps the same, so why would everyone use the exact same pillow? For instance, if you sleep on your side you should have a pillow specifically made for this. We sell several of these, including the Malouf L-Shape Gel Dough® Pillow, Sleep and Beyond’s myDual® Natural Wool Side Pillow, and Sleep and Beyond's myWoolly® Natural Wool Side Pillow. Perfect for side sleepers, the unique contoured design of these pillows aligns with your body's shape for proper support and advanced pressure-relief. A person who spends the night on their back often enjoys a medium firm pillow that props their head up a bit to avoid both neck pain and snoring. Those who sleep on their stomach will find a memory foam pillow to be a great choice, because it allows their head, neck, and shoulder to “sink in” a bit and so doesn’t lead to a bowed back all night long.

The Best Memory Foam Pillow

These memory foam pillows are becoming more and more popular. We carry several Malouf Gel Dough® Pillows. The Dough® memory foam infused with gel beads creates a cooler, softer memory foam. You can’t go wrong looking at the Pure Care SoftCell® Memory Foam Pillow. This hybrid pillow features a pocketed designer down alternative for a cushioning feel at the first surface, while the reverse side has unique Celliant® performance fibers and vented memory foam for greater pressure-relief. It’s the best of both!

The Best Travel Pillow

Neck pain from sleeping doesn’t take a break when you’re away from home, so you’ll want to bring the right travel pillow along for the trip. You have several choices for travel pillows from brands you already know and love, like the Malouf Travel Contour Dough Pillow. Don't ruin a vacation or a work trip by sleeping on an unfamiliar hotel pillow. Waking up with neck pain, numbness, and a headache will sideline any plans you had for the day! Instead, travel in comfort with the convenience of a travel-sized pillow that you already know has the right size, shape, and materials to allow you to sleep great. If you’re planning on sleeping on the flight, don’t forget your travel neck pillow!

Around two-thirds of people deal with neck pain. Have you ever found yourself Googling “how to get rid of neck pain from sleeping?” If so, know that the answer is to find a better pillow! There are many available therapeutic pillows for neck pain, and we want to help you find the right one. City Mattress has many pillow choices, including options from top brands like Tempur-Pedic, Sferra, Malouf, Blu Sleep, I Love My Pillow, and more. We’re confident we have the right pillow for you. The best pillow for neck pain and arm numbness can be found at City Mattress!