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The Best Pillows For Neck Pain

Many of us go to bed in the evening with the hope and expectation of waking up the next morning energized and refreshed to take on the next day’s challenges. But for others, rising in the morning is not an experience to look forward to, as they wake up sore and aching, not least with a painfully stiff neck.

healthline.com estimated that “some two-thirds of people deal with neck pain…neck pain can impact anyone,” said the website. “Pain following injury may resolve in a few days or weeks, but up to 10 percent of people may be left with chronic issues.”

The sleepfoundation.org website backed healthline.com’s findings. However, they traced the issue to sleeping habits. “Your sleeping position and pillow may play a role in continuing pain. Stomach sleepers, for example, may face the most neck pain,” sleepfoundation.org noted. “This position means your neck is turned to either side and your spine is arched. For relief, experts recommend trying to sleep either on your back or on your side.”

Most of all, sleepfoundation.org suggested using “a pillow that helps support the neck and its natural curve,” to alleviate this issue. While pillows for neck pain might seem like the solution, they can also be part of the problem.

“The wrong pillow may worsen headaches, neck pain, shoulder and arm numbness, discomfort, sneezing and wheezing,” said WebMD.com. “Using the incorrect pillow can certainly exacerbate many of the underlying problems linked to these symptoms, and it certainly can keep you from getting a good night’s rest.”

Finding the right sleeping positions

Of the four major sleeping positions, namely fetal, log position, sleeping on your back or sleeping on your side, Harvard Medical School identified the latter two as the most suitable sleeping positions to ease or treat your neck pain.

  • Harvard Medical School recommended back sleepers to “choose a rounded pillow to support the natural curve of your neck, with a flatter pillow cushioning your head.” The School also urged back sleepers to “avoid using too high or stiff a pillow, which keeps the neck flexed overnight and can result in morning pain and stiffness.”
  • Harvard gave side sleepers tips to keep their spine straight by “using a pillow that is higher under your neck than your head.” They also suggested side sleepers use a horseshoe pillow during traveling or reclining, as they can “support your neck and prevent your head from dropping to one side if you doze.” However, Harvard Medical School cautioned against using a pillow that “is too large behind the neck,” as doing so “will force your head forward.”

healthline.com warned stomach sleepers that they “may face the most neck pain,” as the position leaves your neck “turned to either side and your spine…arched.” The website also recommended sleeping on your back or side, and urged selecting a pillow “that helps support the neck and its natural curve.”

Finding the right pillows for neck pain

Of the various types of pillows in today’s market, healthlline.com said that latex and memory foam pillows work best in treating neck pain. “According to a 2020 study, both latex and memory foam [pillows] provide support and help reduce neck fatigue,” the website said.

Other experts suggested using down and feather stuffed pillows to ease your neck pain. Harvard Medical School suggested “using a feather pillow, which easily conforms to the shape of your neck.” WebMD.com highlighted a combination of down and feather pillows. “A combination of 50% feather and 50% down works well because the feathers act like springs and are "quite supportive,” said the website. "One of the great things about down pillows is that you can move the stuffing around so that you have the most support where you need it. Plus, it's soft, yet firm enough to give you the support you need."


Neck pain is long known as a long standing issue for sleepers, as the body part received insufficient support from pillows or your sleeping position. But you can be sure that King Koil will have your back through its range of pillows.

King Koil’s Royale Pillow might be the go-to pillow for neck pain, as its 7-Hole Fiberfill or Conjugated Polyester memorizes the contours of your head. The Nano Fiber pillow could do wonders for mix back side sleepers because of its firm texture, which is derived from its filling of soft fiber and silicon.

Other pillows for neck pain that should be considered for use include the King Koil Supreme Pillow. Filled with Suprelle Flex inside, the 51 x 76 cm pillow might do wonders for side sleepers, due to its high loft and soft support, while the Signature Goose is compatible with those who need extra downy feels with better neck support for the head.

Bio Organic Latex King Koil Pillow is also a brilliant choice if you prefer better neck support and helps neck fatigue due to its support and pressure relief characteristic.  

But regardless what your sleeping position might be, you can be sure that King Koil has your back with our range of pillows and other bedding products.