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Pillows? 21 Sep 2016 09:40 #71

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Just throwing my two cents in here.

I have tried every price level of what I'd call "regular" stuffed pillows, and never really ended up liking one more than the other.

Recently, I picked up one of those "Normalizer" pillows that my chiropractor recommended, to try and help with some old back and neck problems.
So I thought I'd share my experience with it.

First of all, it's a foam pillow, with what's supposed to be a cooling and moisture wicking cover.
On both fronts it seems to work well.

I don't really know how to describe it, but it's not "psychologically comfortable" if that makes any sense.
You can't bunch it up under your head, and it's not all cushy and soft. You can't really sleep with your arm under the pillow (which is something I sometimes do), or cuddle up with it. It's just not that kind of pillow.
It's not "normal" despite its name.

From an ergonomic perspective the pillow really works well.
It provides support under your neck, and helps to keep your spine in alignment over the course of the night.
Took a lot of getting used to, but I'm starting to like it. It helps me sleep better.

Will I keep it over the long haul? The jury is still out on that one.
But I do know that no other pillow has provided the same level of head and neck support overnight that this one does.

I wouldn't recommend it if you sleep face down though. It has a different shape if you flip it over, to account for that style of sleep. But honestly, I don't find that position very comfortable.

Hopefully that helps anyway.

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Pillows? 21 Sep 2016 10:15 #72

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Hi JustPassingThru,

Thanks for sharing your experience with the Normalizer pillow ... I appreciate it :)

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Pillows? 07 Feb 2017 12:00 #73

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Hi mauricedudeley,

Your post has been deleted as it violates the promotional rules of the forum , specifically linking to advertising and promotional sites. Please refrain from future posts like this, as those too will be deleted and your site posting privileges will be revoked.

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Pillows? Any one try the Berkeley Ergonomics Gummi? 20 Aug 2018 11:54 #74

Does anyone have any experience with the Berkeley Ergonomics Gummi (shredded latex) pillow?

I tried the Nest Bedding Easy Breather latex pillow, and while it is both supportive and soft, I don't like the idea of the poly fill mixed in the with the latex.

I'm also trying a Wool Bolus pillow (from Soaring Heart) but adjusting the fill and still not sure if it's right for me. I love the idea of an all-wool pillow, but I find it lumpy and not as contouring as I'd hoped.

I recently switched from being a life-long stomach sleeper to now sleeping on my back and side. It's still growing pains making the adjustment, but I knew I couldn't keep sleeping on my stomach without long-term damage to my lumbar region.

Any suggestions for your best Latex pillows would be appreciated! I see some people are proponents of the LaNoodle. Would like to hear more.

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Pillows? Any one try the Berkeley Ergonomics Gummi? 20 Aug 2018 15:22 #75

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I love my LaNoodle pillow - never thought I'd give up down pillows, but I have since getting the LaNoodle. I bought one of the queen size overfilled pillows with the zipper so I could adjust the amount of noodles in the pillow. I like a firmish pillow, but this one had so much fill that I ended up with enough noodles that I removed from the pillow to make a softer standard pillow to go with the queen sized one I had ordered. The pillow is squishable so that I get excellent support, while still being soft enough that I'm comfortable all night long. I use a tencel pillowcase so the pillow always feels cool and I'm not constantly flipping the pillow to find the cool side - which is a good thing, because the LaNoodle pillow is heavier than a down pillow and therefore harder to flip. I've used mine for about three or four years now, and I still think it's the best pillow I've ever found. I'm a side sleeper, and it's just perfect for me in that position.

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Pillows? Any one try the Berkeley Ergonomics Gummi? 20 Aug 2018 16:38 #76

Thanks, Clawdia. Given that the extra fill pillow (I assume that you chose this out of the lite, regular, and extra fill options) had excess fill, do you think the regular would be fine?

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Pillows? Any one try the Berkeley Ergonomics Gummi? 29 Aug 2018 07:33 #77

I tried the LaNoodle Pillow, and true to what others have said here, it really is a dream. It offers comforting support, but you barely know it's there. I purchased the one with the zipper and the adjustable fill, since I'm particular about loft. After trying various pillows--kapok, carded wool, wool bolus--this one is my definite favorite.

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Pillows? Any one try the Berkeley Ergonomics Gummi? 29 Aug 2018 08:02 #78

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I'm glad to hear that you like the pillow!

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Pillows? 29 Oct 2018 13:47 #79

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Hello All,

On the search for a new pillow. I recently had a ~3" memory foam firm pillow that was working well with my firm mattress.

I got a new soft 2" topper recently and the pillow doesn't provide the support it used to. I think my shoulders are causing the part of the pillow near my neck to drop down, and as such I am losing support for my neck and waking up with neck pain.

Any pillow suggestions or remedies to combat this? The la noodle looks interesting, but I have had a bad experience with shredded memory foam pillows before (much too hot, head sinks in too deep, no support for the neck). I am possibly thinking of a hard flat rubber type platform to put under my pillow but am not sure where to get one or what to get. That or simply getting a taller pillow

I am a 70/30 back/side sleeper. Thank you!

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Pillows? 29 Oct 2018 14:09 #80

I find that the LaNoodle doesn't sleep hot. And the LaNoodle isn't quite the same as shredded latex. I also discovered that some shredded latex pillows sold out there are actually a mix of latex and poly (like Nest's). The poly would be a contributing factor to heat retention, I think.

In my experience, the LaNoodle provides the right amount of support, especially if you buy the one with the adjustable fill. I tried out four types of pillows before I settled on the LaNoodle: cotton (which flattened and had no support), kapok (which was okay but felt like it had too much resistance), and wool (bolus and carded, both of which weren't comfortable to me).

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