Long story short, the beetle battle continues, but one of my websites got hacked and that threw me back into dealing with that horrible thing called work. I'll tell you more about the above later, but today, I want to whine about pillows.
So, during my purge, I got rid of no less than two dozen pillows. Not kidding. As I was washing and donating and tossing and otherwise dealing with them all, I just kept thinking: What's wrong with me? Why do I have sooo many pillows?
Let's just say that I now remember why.
For the past 6 months or so I've had real problems sleeping. I had been sleeping on a microbead pillow that I used to love, but recently I've spent more time at night battling with the thing than sleeping. I just couldn't get it into a comfortable position anymore.
Finally, after several weeks of intense neck pain - so bad that I could hardly move - I decided perhaps after 4 years, my wonderful pillow had finally just worn out. A bit of internet research confirmed that yes indeed, not only do the stretchy covers wear out, but the beads themselves get squashed down and no longer provide meaningful support.
Great, I thought... problem solved, I'll just replace the pillow with an identical one and all will be good.
Well... unfortunately they no longer make that brand of pillow. UG.
So began Pillow-Quest 2016.
Well folks, I've tried five different pillows, and still haven't found anything I can live with. I think the main problem is my sleeping position.
|This is pretty close to the way I sleep...|
|...but with my arm under or beside my pillow sorta like this...|
I sleep sort of half on my side, half on my belly, on a very soft waterbed - it's the only sleeping surface/position that both allows me to breathe (sinus issues) and doesn't cause intense shoulder pain. But all of that necessitates a very soft, mold-able and thin-ish pillow. Apparently a short pillow is a tall order, so to speak.
So I figured I'd give you a run down of what I've tried so far, both in the hopes that it might help someone somewhere suffering from similar issues (I can't be the only one, can I?) and maybe one of you will have a brilliant suggestion for me to try.
So first up is the Remedy Microbead Pillow.
So my next try was the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow, another in the microbead category.
Anyhow, since my attempts to replace the microbead pillow were unsuccessful, my next attempt was to go back to the "down alternative" kind of pillow I had before I got the microbead one.
Enter the Allerease Down Alternative Pillow.
Now, this one is the least offensive pillow I've found so far. I have to beat the sucker down 3-4 times throughout the night and shake most of the stuffing to one side to make it small enough, but I have been able to get some sleep on this pillow. The problem is, it really makes my ear hurt, and while it is mold-able, it tends to go flat after a few hours. I may try taking some of the stuffing out of this one and see if that makes it any better.
So, since the common thread here is that all of the pillows are just too big, I decided that perhaps I should try a really cheap, thin pillow and see if that was any better. So I ran over to Target and bought a Room Essentials (Target house brand) el-cheapo pillow for $4.
Alas, while this one was the thinnest I've tried so far, it's not at all mold-able, and I couldn't even get comfortable enough on it to fall asleep. I might try some sort of surgery on it as well, though I'm not sure if taking out some of the stuffing would make it mold-able or not, but hey, it only cost $4, so there's not much to lose.
And finally, after all of the above failed, I fell victim to TV marketing and decided to try the famous MyPillow.
They come in four different sizes and I ordered the smallest one (yellow), but the thing is still HUGE. It's filled with some sort of shredded foam, though it's not a traditional memory foam, it's much lighter and doesn't seem to "deflate" the way memory foam does. It is completely mold-able, but even if I shook all of the filling to one side, I still couldn't get it small enough, and after about three hours I woke up with intense neck pain. Plus, the chunks of foam sort of give the thing a lumpy feel.
|Photo from Sleepopolis.com - this is apparently what the filling looks like.|
At this point I'm even half considering trying a down pillow, because I've had some luck with them in the past, but honestly, with the combination of allergies and carpet beetles (who LOVE to feed on any sort of feathers) it sorta seems like a bad idea - plus the suckers ain't cheap.
Sigh. It really doesn't seem that finding a comfortable pillow should be soooo difficult, but as the dozens of pillows I encountered in my purge would attest, for me, it really seems to be. It's enough to make a girl crazy!
So I'm curious, are there any other thin, mold-able pillow enthusiasts out there, or am I a complete aberration? I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on this topic.