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Huia Report 17 Mar 2013 06:07

What sort of pillow do use use? I have been using the same one (rubber) for over 50 years and I am wondering if it might be the reason I have trouble getting to sleep, as it seems to feel hot. Any suggestions as to a better type?

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 17 Mar 2013 06:25

I am surprised it's lasted that long Huia, don't know about rubber pillows but 'they' recommend changing pillows fairly often. I think the test is to hold it over your outstretched arm and if it hangs down each side, it's had it!

A feather pillow might not suit as would feel hot, maybe try a cheapish fibre filled one first and if that's no good, try a memory foam one altho they can be hot too. I am sure you would get a better sleep with a nice new pillow tho. Good luck in finding the right one for you.

Hope you are doing ok, how's the hair coming on? Have you a halo of curls now lol?



LadyScozz Report 17 Mar 2013 08:22

I have an orthopedic pillow and a thin ordinary pillow. Both covered with cotton pillow protectors.

Love the ortho one.... it has moulded bits to fit my wonky neck into.

also have a "boomerang" pillow for when I want to sit up and read in bed.

A 50 year old pillow? That must be a record!


Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 17 Mar 2013 08:59

We only have feather &down ones. Although I too have a memory foam one under a feather & down one,

Can't get on with fibre ones and didn't. like the memory one to sleep on directly it does help tho being the under pillow

Hubby sleeps on two pillows and won't let me buy new ones for him although his have gone a bit flat now. I do use pillow protectors on all but the memory one

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 17 Mar 2013 09:32

As I am asthmatic I cannot use feather & down pillows.

I wait until B & H have their annual half price sale on their better fibre washable ones then buy 4 new ones.


ButtercupFields Report 17 Mar 2013 09:38

Feather and down for me too and I have to admit to changing my pillows every six months. I find IKEA are great, they do pillows specially suited to people who sleep on back, stomach, side, etc.

Think it's time for a change, Huia :-D <3


StrayKitten Report 17 Mar 2013 09:42

i love feather pillows, so snug lol,


Cynthia Report 17 Mar 2013 10:14

I could probably sell you a pillow Huia.......

My OH has difficulty because he sleeps in a semi-upright position. Every so often, he goes through a phase of finding the pillow uncomfortable and we can have nights of pillow changing and changing and changing.

I have several packed into those vacuum packs and stored away. I also gave my son a few which had hardly been touched.

You name it, I bet we've got one or had one.....sigh........ :-(


LilyL Report 17 Mar 2013 10:27

Before choosing anything with 'feathers and down' I would suggest 'Googling' to find out exactly how these feathers are harvested. Just put into google the question of their origin, and I think some if not all of you would be very shocked at the reply, and, like me would be have to be either VERY sure of their origin or avoid them like the plague!! If knowledge of this dreadful practice can be broadcast far and wide, it might, just might, go someway to outlawing it - here's for hoping!


Mauatthecoast Report 17 Mar 2013 10:50

I use Slumberland poly&cotton pillows and change them regularly.

LilyL after reading online about the feather harvesting I had no idea some of those practices were carried out :-0 and in my niavity thought all feathers were gathered after the birds moulted
But suppose all Western manufacturers must have to state country of origin on their products?


ButtercupFields Report 17 Mar 2013 11:03

Thank you LilyL. After reading about the harvesting I checked with the company I buy all my duvets and pillows from, IKEA, and this company take a robust and firm stand against this practice. Am pleased to know as I snuggle down, that all my feathers came from fairly happy birds :-)


LilyL Report 17 Mar 2013 11:28

Good, so glad to hear about IKEA, and I'm sure other companies will take note particularly if more people 'beg the question, as I understand it some stores are just a little ambiguous when asked!!! I feel that the more people/companies that are aware of this awful practice the more chance there is of something being done about it!


maggiewinchester Report 17 Mar 2013 11:29

I used to use feather & down pillows & duvet, but after having to throw out 2 duvets due to the odd cat having a psychotic phase and peeing on them, and finding the cost of cleaning them was nearly as much as they cost, I now use both man-made filled pillows & duvet - it means I can wash them!!
They've changed an awful lot since man made fillings were first introduced!!
As BC has said IKEA do a wonderful range - and even have 'sturdy' pillows with man made fillings :-D


ChrisofWessex Report 17 Mar 2013 12:51

I was horrified some time ago to learn that the down was plucked from the breast of live geese. left bleeding and this was carried out every 6 weeks.

This practise is carried out in Europe.


Mauatthecoast Report 17 Mar 2013 13:10

Pleased to know Ikea have taken a firm stand against this. Thanks BC :-D

Quite a while since I had a shopping spree there so planning one soon :-)


Merlin Report 17 Mar 2013 13:18

Goodyear and Firestone are well known to be long lasting. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


GinN Report 17 Mar 2013 14:07

I currently have polyester pillow which claims to act like memory foam. It is pretty comfortable, and keeps quite cool. Got it from Dunelm Mill.
I used to like a Dunlop Latex one, but can get a bit sweaty in warm weather - responsible for quite a few bad hair days!


JoyBoroAngel Report 17 Mar 2013 18:47

ive just changed our pillows to those bounce back things
but think i am going to steal
my feather ones back out the spare bedroom
as they are much better and i get a better nights sleep with them
:-D :-D :-D


SueCar Report 17 Mar 2013 19:29

I bought a memory foam pillow some years ago for my husband with his neck problems and he liked it so much I got one for myself. They are really expensive but for the good night's sleep you get, they are worth it. Definitely worth considering. :-D :-D :-D
One thing, though that I have not seen in any reviews for these pillows is that for the first three or four nights I had bad nightmares. Since then, though all fine. ;-)


Huia Report 17 Mar 2013 19:38

Thank you everybody for your replies. I had asked in one shop what was the best type of pillow, and she showed me a memoryfoam one, but when she said it is best to put a waterproof cover on it before the normal pillowslip I felt it would be too hot. The price she quoted was $100, reduced from $170. Seems an awful lot. I have been trying the various types that I already have here. One I started with last night didnt have much stuffing in it and it crackled every time I moved my head so I replaced it with another one.