I’m a Side-Sleeper and These Affordable Pillows Helped Me Say Goodnight to Neck Pain for Good

published Aug 2, 2021
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For the longest time, I never gave the pillow I slept with much thought. That is, however, until I began waking up with severe neck pain and feeling anything but rested. As I looked down at my pancaked pillow, I thought to myself, “Ouch — it may be time for an upgrade.” So began my quest for a new pillow. As a side sleeper, I knew I needed to find something with an ample amount of support for my neck, so I started testing. From memory foam pillows to orthopedic pillows to every pillow I came across in a targeted ad, I tried them all, but I still couldn’t find my “Goldilocks” pillow. That is, until I came across the Fern and Willow Premium Down Alternative Pillow and found my new go-to that was just right.

I’ll be honest: I’m a sucker for a product with good reviews, so when I saw that these pillows had garnered over 8,000 reviews and an almost five-star Amazon rating, I knew I had to learn more. Fern and Willow’s pillow is a fluffy dream, made with a cooling, premium gel-infused microfiber down alternative that makes them great for hot sleepers (me) and anyone looking to go the hypoallergenic route (also me). Another benefit to their exclusive fill (whose loft can be customized, thanks to its zippered removable fill design) is that it’s made to be more supportive than traditional down, making it a great option for back and side sleepers.

This set comes with two pillows, each vacuum-sealed and rolled into a stylish box, making the unboxing process really feel like a special treat. Like a rolled mattress or a mattress in a box, these pillows will immediately fluff up once you break the seal, so don’t be offput by their initially flat appearance. Fluffy pillows await you, I promise! After letting them sit and open up for a couple hours, I placed a pillowcase on them and put them to the test. Not only did they provide outstanding neck support, but I was floored by how well they kept their shape. After a couple days, my neck pain was gone and I knew there was no turning back. In fact, when I went to visit my parents for a month, I ended up buying a set for their guest room. What can I say? I’m a ride or die when it comes to products that work for me.

You can get a set of queen-sized Fern and WIllow pillows for just $34.99 (they’re also available in Standard and King sizes). The best part? Fern and Willow has a 100 night, risk-free return policy, so if you don’t fall in love with them, you can still get your money back. But take it from me — you won’t be getting rid of these pillows anytime soon.