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iVillage: 10 Hidden Causes of Pain

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A Pillow That's Just 'Not Right'

Where does it hurt? Your neck

Why? There’s not much research on pillows, but keeping your head and neck in a neutral position (aligned with your spine) while sleeping should help you keep from straining your neck. So, for example, if you sleep on your back and use more than one pillow, you’re probably tilting your neck forward.

How to avoid it? Experiment with different pillows (or quantities of pillows) to find one (or a combo) that keeps your head and spine as aligned as possible. You can also try a cervical pillow, which has a dip in the middle for your head to rest in and a raised side to support your neck, says Donald Murphy, D.C., a chiropractor and clinical director of the Rhode Island Spine Center.

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