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What should I look for in materials used in a neck pillow?

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Neck pillows come in a variety of materials, including down, memory foam, cotton, and synthetics that can wick away heat and sweat. The material you choose matters, but only if it makes the pillow feel comfortable to you. Experts say that, in general, comfort trumps all -- although material that keeps you cool may help you sleep more deeply.

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Cervical Spine.”

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics : “Neck support pillows: a comparative study,” “Before/after study to determine the effectiveness of the align-right cylindrical cervical pillow in reducing chronic neck pain severity.”

Harvard Medical School: “Is your pillow hurting your health?” “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

Journal of Chiropractic Medicine : “Shape design of an optimal comfortable pillow based on the analytic hierarchy process method.”

National Sleep Foundation: "How to Pick the Right Pillow for You."

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects : “Are cervical pillows effective in reducing neck pain?”

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation : “Cervical pain: a comparison of three pillows.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 19, 2020

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Cervical Spine.”

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics : “Neck support pillows: a comparative study,” “Before/after study to determine the effectiveness of the align-right cylindrical cervical pillow in reducing chronic neck pain severity.”

Harvard Medical School: “Is your pillow hurting your health?” “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

Journal of Chiropractic Medicine : “Shape design of an optimal comfortable pillow based on the analytic hierarchy process method.”

National Sleep Foundation: "How to Pick the Right Pillow for You."

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects : “Are cervical pillows effective in reducing neck pain?”

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation : “Cervical pain: a comparison of three pillows.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 19, 2020

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