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Which Harley Pillow is Right for Me?

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Harley make some of the UK's top-selling and best-loved pillows, but every sleeper is different, so it's important that you choose the right one for you. At Health and Care, we stock a wide range of Harley pillows, and we want to do everything we can to make sure you make the perfect choice for your best night's sleep. We've put together a short guide on Harley pillows which can hopefully point you in the right direction.

Contoured Orthopaedic Pillows

Harley's orthopaedic pillows are contoured to provide great neck support, which is perfect for anyone who suffers from back, neck or shoulder pain at night. Their contoured ridge will help to keep the neck in line with the spine, and are ideal for all sleepers whether you sleep on your back, side or stomach.

Orthopaedic pillows like the Harley Original and Harley Designer provide neck support to reduce neck and back pain

Why Choose a Contoured Orthopaedic Pillow?

As we mentioned above, contoured orthopaedic pillows will provide you with comfortable sleep and the best position for your neck, shoulders and spine. In particular, these neck support pillows are ideal for:

  • Neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain
  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Back, stomach and side sleepers

Which Harley Orthopaedic Neck Support Pillow Should I Choose?

Harley has designed two contoured orthopaedic pillows: the Harley Original Contour Pillow and the Harley Designer Memory Foam Pillow. While both are similar in shape and available in different sizes to suit your body and bed, they offer slightly different benefits to the user. The chart below provides a breakdown of the main differences.

Harley Original Contour Neck Support Pillow

Harley Designer Memory Foam Orthopaedic Pillow

Harley Original Contour Neck Support Pillow

Softer
Lighter and more forgiving
 Breathable – great for summer sleeping

Harley Designer Memory Foam Orthopaedic Pillow

Firmer
Moulds to contours for maximum support
Retains more heat – ideal for the winter

Verdict: Soft vs Firm

Both of these pillows are great for anyone with neck pain or arthritis, and the better choice for you will come down to personal preference. Are you looking for a soft pillow that's breathable in hot weather, or a more firm pillow that provides strong support and ensures alignment?

What If I Sleep on My Stomach?

Sleeping on your stomach in considered the worst position for neck pain, so we would recommend trying to get used to back or side sleeping if you can. These pillows can still improve your sleep if you sleep on your stomach, but we would recommend using the thin end instead of the contoured end to minimise the strain placed on your neck.

Bed Wedge for Snoring, Acid Reflux and GERD

An orthopaedic pillow is great for relieving pain and improving sleep, but people suffering from lower back pain, snoring, acid reflux and GERD may need a little more help. Luckily, these problems can often be helped by sleeping in an elevated position, which can be achieved with a bed wedge like the Harley Bed Relaxer Bed Wedge Support Pillow.

Harley Bed Relaxer Bed Wedge Support Pillow in Use

How Can a Bed Wedge Help Me?

The Harley Bed Wedge can improve your sleep quality in a number of ways, as sleeping in an elevated position can help to open your airways for better, less restricted breathing – perfect for reducing snoring. Also, since your upper body will be lifted above your stomach, the risk of stomach acid leaking into your oesophagus is greatly reduced, thereby helping to avoid acid reflux and GERD. Among others, the Bed Relaxer Bed Wedge can help with:

  • Back pain
  • Lumbar and lower back pain
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Snoring and respiratory issues
  • Post-operational sleeping (lung, shoulder and knee operations)
  • Acid reflux and GERD
  • Bad posture

Should I Use the Bed Wedge with a Pillow?

Yes, since the Harley Bed Wedge provides a straight surface for your back, you'll need to use it in conjunction with a pillow to provide the best support for your neck. It can help to provide great support for your back and neck when used in conjunction with the Harley Designer or Original Neck Support Pillows, as can be seen in the image above.


What if I Get Back or Hip Pain Sleeping on My Side?

Harley Original Knee Support

Harley Original Knee Support for side sleepersSleeping on your side is frequently recommended as the best position for back pain and spinal health, but some people may find that they experience hip or lumbar pain as a result of overlapping legs. This can be prevented by placing a pillow in between your legs, but keeping it in position all night can be nearly impossible. To solve this problem, Harley developed the Harley Original Knee Support, contoured for leg comfort and built with a strap to keep your legs in position all night long.


Are There Any Other Harley Pillows for Back Pain?

Harley Leg Raiser

Harley Leg RaiserIf you still suffer from back pain after adding an orthopaedic or wedge pillow, there's still more you can do. Raising the legs with a pillow like the Harley Leg Raiser can help to take pressure away from your lower back and stimulate circulation. It's also great for conditions like varicose veins, oedema and fatigue, or just as part of a RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) strategy after a leg injury.


What If It's Painful to Sit for Long Periods?

Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring Cushion

Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring CushionEven when you're out of bed, Harley pillows can help to keep you comfortable and healthy. The Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring Cushion is exceptionally popular with our customers, and uses viscoelastic memory foam to disperse pressure for comfortable, even sitting. It's great for those who tend to sit for long hours in the day, and provides enough relief to even be suitable for those with limited mobility who are at risk of pressure sores.


Is There a Pillow to Prevent Back Pain at Work?

Harley Designer Super "D" Roll

Harley Designer Super "D" RollModern office work can force you to sit for long periods of time, and office chairs are often lacking in back support. In true Harley fashion, they've developed the ideal cushion to help in the Harley Designer Super "D" Roll. This supportive foam cushion straps to the back of your chair, helping to keep your lumbar region in the ideal position for spinal health and pain reduction.


A Harley Cushion for Every Need

Harley have committed themselves to developing the very best cushions for your overall comfort, and according to our customer feedback, they've succeeded. They make some of the UK's most trusted and popular pillows, and they've helped countless people get a better sleep, night after night. If you're not yet convinced, you can browse our comprehensive ranges of Bed Cushions, Memory Foam Pillows and Orthopaedic Pillows, all available with FREE UK delivery!

Do you have any questions about Harley pillows? Please don't hesitate to let us know in the comments, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Shop Harley Cushions

Harley Original Contour Neck Support Pillow for Neck Pain
  • Orthopaedic pillow recommended for neck pain and support
  • Supports the neck to reduce shoulder, upper back and neck pain
  • Comfortable pillow for back, side and stomach sleepers
  • Available in five different sizes to suit your precise requirements

Harley Designer Memory Foam Orthopaedic Neck Support Pillow
  • Orthopaedic memory foam pillow for neck support
  • Provides contoured support to reduce neck and shoulder pain
  • Ideal for side, back and stomach-sleepers alike
  • Available in five shapes and sizes for customised support

Harley Bed Relaxer White Bed Wedge Pillow
  • Bed wedge cushion for back support and neck support
  • Foam bed wedge can be used for sitting and sleeping
  • Improve conditions such as back pain, neck pain, acid reflux and bad posture
  • Makes sleeping easier for those with respiratory problems

Harley Original Knee Support

A must for those with hip problems, this support takes pressure away from the low back and hips allowing the spine to assume a natural "S" shape.


Harley Leg Raiser

Made to an ergonomically beneficial angle, this raiser supports the back of the knee and heel, allows the calf to relax, takes pressure from the lower back and stimulates circulation.


Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring Cushion
  • Ring cushion for comfort and pressure relief
  • Ideal for relief of problems from back pain to hemorrhoids
  • Made with memory foam to mould to the body
  • Provides comfort while sitting for long periods