Do you sleep through the night? Or, like me, do you sometimes wake from a sound sleep for what seems like no reason at all? I know the approach of menopause caused some of my wakefulness, but that wasn’t the only reason. I suffer from neck and shoulder pain. And it sometimes kicks up at night. And I used to feel it every morning. For years, I’ve been in search of relief, perhaps in the form of a perfect pillow, but never figured I’d find it.
My Mom bought us polyester-stuffed pillows when I was growing up; she said we were “allergic” to feather and down pillows. And foam wasn’t an option in her world…something about the smell of them. So I slept on polyester-stuffed pillows most of my life. And they were fine. Until they weren’t. Round about age 45 or so I began to wake up with a sore or stiff neck almost every morning. Maybe the quality of the pillow stuffing changed over the years. Or maybe it was because I had one too many car accidents over the years (I think I have a sign on my vehicle that says, “Hit me.”). Whatever. All I knew was that my neck hurt.
I began to prowl the pillow aisles at Kohl’s, Macy’s and Target’s, thinking the perfect pillow was only a purchase away. I read about specially designed pillows for back sleepers and side sleepers. I looked at memory foam pillows, contour pillows, polyester-filled pillows and feather/down combo pillows. I sniffed pillows to make sure they didn’t “smell.” I hugged pillows (yes, I am a pillow hugger from waaay back). But I didn’t commit to a new kind of pillow. I bought replacement polyester-stuffed pillows. With gussets. Which gave them greater loft. And I continued to wake up with a sore neck most of the time.
Fast forward to our recent trip to San Diego, CA. We stayed in the Hyatt Manchester in its recently renovated tower. Our room was hipster cool and the bed, king sized, was very comfortable. But the best part, the very best part of our hotel stay was the pillows.
Oh, I have to admit that at first I didn’t notice my pain-free morning neck. I mean do you notice a lack of pain? But the second morning, my husband Mike remarked “how comfortable” his pillows were. By the time we were ready to check out, I noticed how right he was about the super comfy pillows.
As we were packing to return home Mike asked, “Do you think we could get these pillows at home?”
I stopped folding a sweater, looked at him, then grabbed one of the pillows off the bed. In short order I stripped it bare. And I found a label hanging securely from the short end of the pillow. “It’s a Pacific Coast pillow,” I said. “I bet they only sell them in bulk to hotels.”
Mike looked at me.
I looked at Mike.
Then I smiled and ripped the label off the pillow. “Let’s find out.”
Mike is Mr. Internet in our home. When we need to purchase what he calls a “commodity,” I provide him with a label, model number, whatever so he can track down the exact item for the best possible price. Finding the specific Pacific Coast brand pillow we slept on was a piece-of-cake job for Mike. Lucky for us, the company sells to individual consumers as well as hotels so our biggest debate was over how many pillows to purchase! Within days, the large box arrived. I read the instructions on how to properly “fluff” the pillows, then suited them up for our bed.
What can I say? The pillows mold to my head and neck; they are squeezable and soft. They are the most comfortable pillows I’ve every slept on. My neck thanks me and I thank Pacific Coast.
P.S. I was not asked to give a testimonial, nor was I paid in any way, shape, or form to discuss Pacific Coast pillows. I found’em and I love’em. And I wanted to share my opinion with you in case you’re looking for a new pillow.