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    How to choose a bedroom pillow?

    I need some new pillows and have not had success in finding something suitable. I think it is because I don't know what to look for. Like Goldilocks, some are too high, some too soft, some too flat. I have them all in my house but nothing seems right.
    How do you choose a bedroom pillow?
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    My immediate reaction to your post is that I don’t know that one pillow does it. You need to have a couple of them.

    I just got back from out of town trip, stayed in a Drury
    Inn with in a very comfortable bed. It was a big firm mattress. Very soft pillows. I piled up three for being propped up. I slept on one or two of them.
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    I hate big firm pillows. I prefer lying on just one relatively flat soft pillow. But, as IL said, I definitely use more pillows when not sleeping. I have two fat pillows and one decorative pillow to prop me up so I can read before sleeping. Then I throw all but the flattest on the floor and turn out the light.

    Other than the flat thing, I'm not too fussy. My DIL was thrilled when she received a really expensive memory foam pillow from a boyfriend's mother, but I try to keep my budget at no more than $10 for a pillow. If I wanted down, I'd pay more, but I don't want down.
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    We do cheap pillows too and I routinely need to adjust my stash of pillows to fit my needs. Like Catherine, my wife uses a thin, soft pillow while I prefer a deeper, firmer pillow. Most of last year I used two thinner pillows while this year I'm working with one thicker. Cheaper pillows don't hold their shape forever so I'll probably need to readjust by spring.

    I looked at some $100+ pillows recently and all I could think of was "what if I buy one and don't like it?"
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    I liked down until I discovered pillows made of plastic pellets--similar to the buckwheat concept. I have some particularly fancy down and memory foam pillows that can be reconfigured (bought at deep discount) that are way too much pillow for me. I still use down occasionally.

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    I bought these for my husband and liked them so much, I bought them for myself:

    https://www.amazon.com/puredown-Natu...bedbath&sr=1-5

    I prop them up.

    If I sleep with a harder pillow, my neck gets spasms, so these are great.

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    I need a special neck pillow that is memory foam. It has a big roll on one end and your head drops down. It’s the best thing for my neck injury but takes getting used to. If I am sick and have to prop myself up to sleep it throws my neck out.

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    And your need for a specific pillow type can change. I used a special latex pillow for over 20 years (replaced a couple of times when I lost them overseas and yes, I traveled with them.) Started getting bad headaches at the base of my skull. One night I used a thin foam memory foam type of pillow and have not had the same headache since. So it is either this thin pillow or no pillow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    I need a special neck pillow that is memory foam. It has a big roll on one end and your head drops down. Itís the best thing for my neck injury but takes getting used to. If I am sick and have to prop myself up to sleep it throws my neck out.
    I might have a similar one. It has a large roll on one side and a smaller on the other to support the neck to one degree or another, depending how it is turned, with a slightly concave area to rest the head. When I have shoulder or neck problems it is what I use and it helps a lot. Other wise my favorite is one of those My Magic Pillows memory foam types that gets a lot of infomercials. It was one sale for cheap. I think it's sort of a personal thing and you just have to try a couple different types.

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    WEll, after receiving all this input, I went and bought some down-like ones that are on sale BOGO. We will see how that works tonight.
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