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    I have a confession to make! I love sleep and I love my pillow! In fact I love my pillow so much I won’t sleep anywhere on any bed without it!

    At last count my pillow had been to more than 22 countries around the world as well as to probably more than 1000 places within in Australia (where I live).   It’s True! I use a contour memory foam pillow that I simply roll up tight and fit into my luggage – yes even into my overnight carry-on bag. Now I can hear you laugh and scoff but there’s more to the story.

    I used to be a bad sleeper, really, really bad.  When I was in my early twenties, I was in the army and played a lot of sport and suffering from some of those all too common, niggling back and neck pains that seemed to just never go away. A pain that was mostly at its worst in the mornings, you know that ‘drag myself out of bed and steam in a hot shower for 30 mins just to get moving’ type of pain. Worse still, was the sometimes during the night when it felt my head was going to burst from the pain in my neck.

    A doctor told me at the time that I needed a firm bed to ‘straighten’ my spine and ease the pain, and to just roll up a towel and put under the pillow to support the neck. Totally uncomfortable! So this niggling pain went on for years, then 5 or 6 new “firm” (read hard as a rock) beds later (2 lasted less than a month). I had countless visits to chiro’s, physio’s, massage therapists, acupuncturists and many other therapies in the elusive search for the end to my back and neck pain.

    It was only when I started working for a leading mattress manufacturer that I finally found the answer. An actual ‘sleep’ doctor explained to me the anatomy and science of how the body and spine work with the bed and pillow. How a’neutral spine’ could allow the neck and back muscles to fully relax, allowing a much deeper sleep and to awaken each morning with no pain and feeling truly refreshed. It felt like a miracle! A bed that felt like settling into a cloud and a pillow that truly caressed my head- I was finally in sleep heaven.

    I was hooked and the more people I spoke to about pillows and beds, the more I realised that there are many thousands of people around the country who suffer from sleep loss, and in many cases, needlessly.

    So I decided to use my 20+ years of research into pain and sleep to help others sleep better to live better, without drugs or medications, just simply and naturally.

    If you ever need any help or advice selecting your perfect pillow, or indeed with your sleep health, I would be more than happy to connect. Simply send me a message or leave a comment and I will repsond to you as soon as I can.

    Anyway I wish you all the best with your pillow search and thanks for dropping by.

    Cheers

    Ian

    Founder of My Pillow Zone