If you have fibromyalgia, there’s a chance a good night’s rest might not be the most attainable goal, especially if you don’t have the best pillow. A pillow can give you the comfort you need so you don’t have to worry about overly restless nights, waking up with a headache or feeling too achy because you didn’t sleep in the best position. Your pillow could make all the difference when it comes to sleeping.
Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic disorder that’s best described as a “fight-or-flight” or “hypervigilant” chronic illness. Your brain processes pain differently, causing common fibromyalgia symptoms like widespread pain, fatigue and brain fog. All of these symptoms can lead to a restless night, no matter how many hours you sleep. That’s why the right pillow is incredibly important if you have fibromyalgia.
We asked The Mighty’s fibromyalgia community what pillows they recommend. All of these pillows have been tried and tested by people who live with fibromyalgia, giving you some great options to improve your sleep.
Here’s what our community recommended:
MyPillow will adjust to whatever sleep position you are in. This is great news if you have fibromyalgia since you might sleep in multiple positions throughout the night to stay comfortable.
“I got a MyPillow and it is the BEST thing I have ever done for my sleep,” said Stephanie Goodman. “I often go to bed with neck pain and the only pillow I’ve ever found that helps is the MyPillow. You can form it however you need, and it stays fluffed up that way. I even take it with me when I go to hotels!”
“I got a MyPillow and it is my favorite pillow,” said Kiera Blaize Becker. “I have fibromyalgia and I’ve never slept better than I do now.”
“I use a MyPillow-firm and a body pillow,” said Linda Nimz-Litvin. “I’m a side sleeper. Used to get neck aches until I switched to the MyPillow — worth it 100%.”
Buy the MyPillow Standard/Queen Classic Medium Support pictured above for $79.95 from Amazon.
2. Dunlopillo Latex Pillow
If you have fibromyalgia, you probably don’t want a pillow that is overly firm, but you also probably don’t want one that’s completely flat and lifeless. The Dunlopillo latex pillow gives you a balance of both comfort and support and is known to be a great option for side sleepers.
“I love my Dunlopillo latex pillow, medium feel, high profile,” Sasha Jones said. “It’s the perfect pillow. It’s high enough to support the neck and reduce pain, but not so high that it hurts. The height cushions around the neck in support gently. It’s latex so the inside doesn’t shift and stays even and comfortable. The medium feel means it’s soft on sore necks, but not too squishy that you get no support. Nor is it too hard so that it hurts like some pillows. It’s perfectly balanced. I find a lot of support pillows are weird textures or materials, this just feels like a well-made pillow. Wouldn’t ever buy another brand.”
Buy the Dunlopillo High Profile Medium Feel Luxurious Latex Pillow above for $169.95 from Dunlopillo.
3. Moonlight Slumber Comfort-U Body Pillow
Sometimes when you have fibromyalgia, you’ll wake up with a headache or your body will hurt because of the position you slept in. This Moonlight pillow aligns your body while sleeping, making sure you don’t end up in a position you’ll end up regretting when you wake up.
“The Comfort-U pillow has saved my sanity,” said Valerie Galindo. “I bought the flannel case for the winter but the case that came with it is good for the warmer months. I bought mine on Amazon but it might be available somewhere else. It’s very long but I like that I can elevate my entire side from my feet all the way to my shoulders.”
Buy the Moonlight Slumber Comfort-U Total Body Support Pillow for $99.95 from Amazon.
4. Mediflow Waterbase Pillow
Chronic neck pain is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. The water technology used in this Mediflow pillow recommended by Dianna Brown can help reduce neck pain so you wake up feeling better, not worse.
Buy this Mediflow Waterbase Pillow above for $49.99 from Amazon.
5. U-Shaped Pregnancy Pillow
A U-shaped pregnancy pillow is different from the regular U-shaped pillow. It curves in and give you some extra pelvic support in case your back pain goes down your body and into your legs. It provides that extra bit of reinforcement for a more comfortable sleeping position.
“U-shaped ‘pregnancy’ pillow,” suggested Karla Pearce. “It has changed my life! From Amazon (and I’m sure elsewhere) and it’s not too expensive and you can order lovely covers in various colors (though I recommend if you can to get someone else to change them for you or else you’ll be sore). Prior to this I had a V-shape pillow, but the U-shape full body pillow is the way to go.”
“The U-shaped pregnancy pillow!” Alexandria Pattie recommended. “There’s so many different positions you can have it in, which means support for all different locations and types of pain. I used to have to surround myself with pillows to sleep, but now I just need this one with one thin pillow.”
Buy the Full Body Maternity Pillow with Contoured U-Shape by Bluestone for $29.99 from Amazon.
6. Boppy Pregnancy Body Pillow
The Bobby pregnancy pillow gives you support on one side of the body. It’s contoured in a way so it will support your hips and neck the most. If you have fibromyalgia and those are the areas you need to reinforce more, this is a good pillow option for you.
“I love my Boppy Total Body Pillow and a regular old body pillow!” said Kristen Rosa. “I have one at my feet and another one at my side. They are all amazing and help me sleep much more solidly.”
Buy the Boppy Pregnancy Body Pillow pictured above for $49.74 from Amazon.
7. Memory Foam Pillow With Infused Gel
This memory foam pillow supports your shoulders and your neck while keeping you cool. Since fibromyalgia can make sleep difficult, anything such as cooling technology that supports positive sleep can be beneficial.
“Sharper Image cooling memory foam pillow,” recommended Emilie Welker. “It’s correctly supportive, comfortable and helps regulate my temperature (which is difficult for me). It’s also great for when I feel a migraine building — that cooling gel really makes a difference, especially on those overheating days.”
Buy the Memory Foam Pillow With Infused Gel for $79.99 from Sharper Image.
8. Firm-Stuffed Feather Pillow
Feather pillows have always been known to be light and comfortable. If you have fibromyalgia though, you might be excited for the comfort but worried about the support level. Recommended by Jessica Nouveau Gagnon, this firm-stuffed pillow gives you the best of both worlds with the comfort of a regular feather pillow and the support of a firm pillow as well.
Buy the Kornvallmo Firm-Stuffed Feather Pillow for $79.99 from IKEA.
9. Serta iComfort Sleep System Freestyle
Neck pain is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. When your neck is sensitive, a pillow like this Serta Freestyle is cut specifically for neck support and can provide a lot of comfort for you throughout the night.
“Serta I-Comfort Freestyle pillow with the notch cut out for the neck,” suggested Marcy Wysocki. “I’ve slept the best for a couple years now since using this pillow. I’ve already ordered a back-up one! Just in case! It’s a bit pricey but totally worth it.”
Buy the Serta iComfort Sleep System Freestyle above for $90.20 from Sears.
10. Pillow Pets
Pillow pets are stuffed animals that turn into pillows and were suggested as an option by Lex Frankenstein. They’re great if you have fibromyalgia because they conform to whatever shape you need — folded or flat. It’s a good option if you need an extra pillow at night under your shoulder, neck or wherever else you might have pain. Plus, they’re extra cute.
Buy the Panda Pillow Pet pictured above for $19.99 from Amazon.
11. L- and V-Shaped Pillows
Shoulder pain is a common complaint if you have fibromyalgia. An L- or V-shaped pillow will actually go underneath your shoulders and arms and give you the shoulder support you could need.
“I have a V pillow and it’s really comfortable,” said Bethan Catherine Jones. “It takes the strain off my shoulders and neck and cushions me a lot more. You can also use it to sit up in bed comfortably and support your lower back when sitting up.”
Buy the Contour Products L-Shaped Bed Pillow for $29.95 from Amazon.
12. iGel Side Sleeper Pillow
This temperature-regulating iGel Side Sleeper pillow is firm and can give you the support your neck might need. It’s great for side sleepers who might tend to angle their neck at night in a self-sabotaging way. Siobhan O’Brien suggested this option for a better sleep experience.
Buy the iGel Side Sleeper Pillow for £59.99 from Bensons for Beds.
13. The Purple Pillow
If you have fibromyalgia, you might already feel stiff and the last thing you probably want is a pillow that makes you feel even tighter. The purple pillow, however, is firm but won’t cause any extra aches when you wake up after sleeping for hours.
“I use the Purple Pillow,” said Ashley Allison. “It’s pretty flat, which is good for back or tummy sleeping, and when I want to lay on my side, I fold it in half. The gel feels nice and it’s supportive but not stiff like so many pillows feel to me. I also use the purple pillow cover sheet. It’s very stretchy and soft.”
Buy the Purple Pillow above for $99 from Amazon.
What pillows help you sleep better with fibromyalgia? Let us know in the comments below.