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When I had neck pain, I experienced the most problems when I bought the wrong pillow. I didn't do my research and that meant more pain. Not good.
The perfect pillow should cradle your head and align the spine. This means that it should be supportive but adjustable so that you can get the perfect level of comfort with only a zip of the cover. A pillow that raises your head too high or too low should be customizable to add or remove filling so that you can find the perfect alignment.
Should I Have a Different Pillow If I am a Side Sleeper?
Not necessarily. If the pillow is supportive enough it should cradle your head in multiple sleep positions.
If you have the wrong mattress or you are wide framed so that your head isn't cradled, you may be stacking pillows. This may have worked in the past, but the best pillows should do the job on their own.
...want to find the best pillow for neck pain?
Browse the individual pillow reviews below. Keep in mind that you are looking for customizable pillows that keep your spine aligned.
Here are our ranked picks!
Nest Easy Breather Pillow ($119-$149) - Overall Score: 9.8/10
Level Restore Pillow ($149) - Overall Score: 9.7/10
Coop Home Goods Original Pillow ($59-$64) - Overall Score: 9.7/10
Eluxury Supply Hotel White Pillow ($82-$102) - Overall Score: 9.4/10
Sleepgram Pillow ($49) - Overall Score: 9.4/10
Natures Sleep Faux Down Pillow ($80) - Overall Score: 9.3/10
Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillow ($139-$179) - Overall Score: 9.3/10
Bear Pillow ($95) - Overall Score: 9.3/10
Tempurpedic Pillows ($79-$149) - Overall Score: 9.1/10
Yogabed Pillow ($99) - Overall Score: 8.6/10
Brooklyn Bedding Pillow ($39-$55) - Overall Score: 8.6/10
Casper Pillow ($75-$95) - Overall Score: 8.5/10
Brentwood Home Pillow ($30-$70) - Overall Score: 8.4/10
Purple Pillow ($99) - Overall Score: 8.3/10
Ostrich Pillow ($30-$99) - Overall Score: 8.1/10
My Pillow ($49-$89) - Overall Score: 7.5/10
Pancake Pillow ($69) - Overall Score: 7.4/10
Miracle Bamboo Pillow ($39-$49) - Overall Score: 7.3/10
Medcline Pillow ($219-$398) - Overall Score: 7.2/10