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A good pillow is a problem for me. I bought a number of pillows, and made a few ones myself, but they always are a problem for my neck.
The best pillow for me is a pillow that has a top layer of memory foam, and at the bottom a few thin layers of polyether foam to adjust the height.
The memory foam cushions that can be bought, have a neck roller. But my neck is longer than average, so a neck roller never supports my whole neck.

I bought an electric knife for slicing bread. But it turned out that it was impossible to saw the polyether foam and memory foam. So now I use an old iron knife with a thin blade. With this it is possible to cut/saw the polyether foam.
To handle memory foam, I put it in the refrigerator or (in a plastic bag) in the freezer. After that, there is a short time that the foam is stiffer and easier to handle.

This is a pillow that I made by myself in the past.
pillow with trench
This cushion consists of a central part of memory foam. The high sides are to prevent that my head rolls sideways in my sleep (I only lie on my back). The trench in the middle is to release the middle of my neck. Particularly at the back of my head, between my neck and my skull it can sometimes be quite annoying when something is pressed against it. With this pillow it stays unrestrained.

Pillow with layers

When I buy a pillow, I can't lie relaxed on it. So I have to make something myself.
First I tried to shape a pillow by adding pieces to with with glue and cutting pieces off, but that was not a success.
More recently I try to compose a pillow from different layers of foam. I have all kind of foam (firm foam, polyether foam, memory foam, etc.) with different softness and different thickness. Generally I put a layer of memory foam on top.

This photo shows a few layers.
layers of foam for pillow
With those layers I compose a pillow.
The pillow is on my bed, but not on my mattress. My mattress ("mattress with layers") keeps space at the head end, and my pillow is on the flat bed. This way I am able to control more precisely the height and softness of my pillow.
Below is a picture of my pillow on my bed. On top is a purchased pillow of memory foam, which I have modified by cutting a piece off.
pillow on bed

Last change to this page: August 2010