There are many contenders when it comes to the best pillow for neck pain but it’s generally agreed that a memory foam orthopaedic pillow is a good place to start.

How do I choose a pillow for neck pain?

Orthopaedic pillows are specially designed to correct your body positioning while you’re sleeping.

With the NHS recommending that we get 8 hours of sleep every night, those who suffer from neck pain may feel this is an unlikely achievement. However, with all these hours of inactivity, this is by far the best chance to do something about your neck pain. The orthopaedic pillows are a great ally that supports your posture while you lie down and sleep. By keeping your spine straight for hours at a time, these pillows can help iron out the negative effects of bad posture habits, such as slouching.

Is a soft or hard pillow better for your neck?

The best pillow for neck and shoulder pain is firm enough to hold your head at a healthy angle but soft enough to relieve pressure. Most people will find a memory foam pillow offers a good balance of support and comfort, so neither too hard nor too soft.

Good options include:

Putnam Memory Foam Pillow


This Putnam Memory Foam Pillow comes with rounded soft neck support and is specially designed for side sleepers with an ear recess. Its premium-quality foam offers support and its strategically-placed contours keep your spine straight while you sleep.

Putnam Self-Adjusting Pillow


Made from supportive PUTNAFOAM, the Putnam self-adjusting pillow comes with a top core layer and two removable layers to ensure you get the perfect height to support your neck while you sleep. Recommended for use inside your regular pillowcase.

Anti-Snore Memory Foam Contour Pillow


Cradling your head to support your neck, this memory foam pillow is specially manufactured to tilt your head back to keep your airways clearer. There’s also an air channel to keep your head cool.

As always, it’s best to identify the root cause of your neck pain especially if it persists. You should speak to your healthcare provider to make sure there are no underlying health causes or injuries. But, either way, it doesn’t hurt to utilise the cushioning and supportive benefits of an orthopaedic pillow.

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