What a difference a pillow makes!
This fall I've been on a bit of a shopping spree through LLBean. New shoes, new pants, new winter shirt, and finally a new pillow. The old pillow was getting smelly, presumably full of dust mites and dried saliva after ten years of use, but I didn't realize it was the WRONG DAMN PILLOW!
The old pillow was too flat, so I'd kept a block of hard foam under it. Seemed tolerable but never entirely comfortable. I didn't think of changing it because I didn't know that improvement was possible, and because I generally pay no attention to the cloth part of the world. Cloth is marginal and peripheral.
LLBean's online catalog now has a simple guide to pillow hardness, which is even understandable by stupid cloth-hating nerds like me: Soft if you sleep face-down, medium if you sleep face-up, firm if you sleep sideways.
The old pillow was Soft, because I didn't know any better. This time I chose the Firm version, because I always sleep sideways.
Tried it first on top of the foam block, quickly realized the block was now unnecessary. The new pillow holds my head at exactly the right height with exactly even weight distribution; no extra pressure on the ear.
Quantifiable result: One extra hour of sleep! Average sleep went up from 5.5 hours to 6.5 hours.
Damn. Should have replaced it years ago.
Lady Danbo illustrates sweet dreams.............
Labels: Danbo, new toy