Looking for a stocking stuffer for a loved one with neck pain? Getting them a new pillow for Christmas might not seem the most exciting thing, but they’ll sure get a lot more benefits from a good night’s sleep than they will an expensive bottle of perfume or some comedy socks.
Having the right kind of pillow for neck pain can help the spine to realign and relieve stress on the joints of the neck, as well as further down the back. Side-sleepers and those who sleep on their front would do well to try switching to sleep on their back. There are some pillows designed for side-sleepers though, so make sure to choose carefully and read the reviews if in doubt.
Let’s look at the top 3 highly recommended neck pain pillows currently available, starting with the Arc4life Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow.
This pillow is designed to support the head and neck and thereby relieve muscle pain and relax the airway, leading to less snoring, easier breathing, and a refreshing sleep with better circulation and recovery of the neck muscles. A little soreness or discomfort is likely the first few times someone uses this pillow as the body adjusts to the correct sleeping posture. Placing a thin, softer pillow over the top of the Arc4life for the first couple of nights can help reduce pain. Some people also find that sleeping for a few hours using the Arc4life and then switching to their old pillow can help ease them into using it through the whole night.
This pillow is great for back sleepers and side sleepers, with those wanting a gentle stretch of the neck able to use the traction (V) side of the pillow, and those looking for more support able to use the opposite side.
Mediflow’s Waterbase Pillow.
A little less expensive than the Arc4life neck pain pillow, Mediflow’s waterbase pillow has a soft hypoallergenic polyester filling and 100% cotton cover making it easy to wash and dry. You can choose between a soft, medium or firm pillow by altering how much you fill the pillow with water. This makes the pillow ideal for every family member, with the waterbase responding to movement to maintain support during sleep.
This pillow actually underwent trials at Johns Hopkins University and was ranked best in all five categroies, including:
- How long it took to fall asleep
- How often people woke up during the night
- How long it took to fall back to sleep after waking
- Overall sleep quality
- Neck pain relief
The Mediflow waterbase pillow is ideal for back sleepers, side sleepers, and even those who sleep on their front as it can be adjusted to provide the required neck support. And, you don’t have to worry about the pillow ever going flat through wear and compression! A couple of things to keep in mind, however, are that the pillow can be quite heavy once filled with water (around 8lbs or so), and the pillow doesn’t provide much in the way of airflow, so a softer, breathable cover might be needed for some users.
A Joy to Sleep on… Sleep Joy ViscoFresh Memory Foam Advanced Contour Pillow
Sleep Joy’s ViscoFresh Memory Foam Advanced Contour Pillow is another affordable option that is popular with users as it is versatile enough to work for back sleepers and side sleepers. Infused with green tea, and with ventilation channels to provide air flow, this pillow largely avoids the chemical odor that can plague many neck pain relief pillows.
The ViscoFresh incorporates 100-percent polyester nano-tex fabric to help wick away moisture and keep sleepers comfortable and cool, and the high-density memory foam is hypoallergenic and supportive for the neck and head. This can make the Sleep Joy pillow an ideal option for those with bone spurs, arthritis, and disc problems in the cervical spine, offering support for the neck muscles and joints.