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    Waking Up Exhausted
    James1349 posted:
    Hey everyone, I'd appreciate your advice.

    So I've slept poorly off and on for years, and I'm fairly confident my quality of sleep is dependent solely upon my pillow.

    When I sleep poorly I wake up very groggy, feeling exhausted, and I'm generally miserable throughout the day. I'll try to switch up my pillow combination and if it works, the first night will be great, the second will be less great but still overall OK, and the third night and on the quality plummets. It's as if my head/body gets used to the new
    pillow combination after a few nights, and my sleep quality is at its highest when it's still novel (and my body/head is not used to the new combination).

    I've found that sleeping on my side helps slightly, but the problem remains. I purchased an expensive and high-quality foam pillow a little while back and that helped for a surprisingly number of nights, but after some time it was back to normal.

    Does anyone else suffer from this "condition"? Is there a solution other than constantly exchanging pillows in the hope of getting a good night's sleep?

    I should also mention that I'm very healthy, I work out several times a week, eat well, and I turn off all electronics and read before bed. I don't think changing my lifestyle is the solution here.

    TIA for any and all help.

    atti_editor responded:
    I can somewhat relate to what you are going through, although not to the extent that you explain. I have one pillow that I use that I feel I get the best sleep on (and pretty much only when it is in a certain position). If I try to use a different pillow or if it is off in its positioning, I tend to either feel as though I haven't gotten as restful a sleep as other nights or that my neck and back suffer in the morning.

    This slideshow has 20 tips for a better sleep that might help you: #5 talks about the shape and positioning of your pillow.

    If you've tried all of these and see no improvement, it may be best to speak with your doctor to make sure that there isn't something else that is impeding the quality of your sleep. He/She may also have some suggestions about why your pillow is having such an impact on your sleep and what you can do about it.

    Please let us know how you're doing!

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