When I got the offer from a PR agency to review the Tempur-Pedic pillows I was quite excited. I’ve seen them on TV a lot and always thought that they looked very comfortable. I’m sure you’ve seen all the commercials as well. Made with viscoelastic polyurethane foam, the Tempur-Pedic pillows are made to conform to the shape of your head and neck as you sleep with them, creating no pressure against your head.
By conforming to your head, the pillow does not put pressure against the neck or upper spine, possibly throwing it out of line. The neck pillow is made to be ergonomic and shaped in a way as to cradle your neck for a more natural alignment of the spine. The Material is made to return to it’s original shape and to hold it’s shape with a 3 year warranty. For people with spine and neck problems, these pillows and beds have been helping to relieve the pressure of conventional pillows and spring mattresses.
Pros: The first night I used the Tempur-Pedic pillow I was very comfortable. In fact every night I used it the pillow I was very comfortable. My wife used the Tempur-Pedic neck pillow while I used the Tempur-Pedic comfort pillow, which is just like a standard pillow but made of the Temper-Pedic material. We planned on switching out after a week but it never got that far. She said the neck pillow was comfortable but it took a little getting used to. The weight of the foam keeps the pillow from slipping and I like that. Sleeping well wasn’t an issue with these pillows, however I have a few negative things to say about these pillows and after an extensive search over the internet and through other review forums and such, I found that I was not the only person that had problems.
Cons: The first thing that I really didn’t like about the Tempur-Pedic pillow was the smell. They have a kind of musty odor to them. At first I thought it might be the pillow case that I was using so I changed it out immediately and used a nice, fresh from the dryer pillow case that I often use. The odor was still there. My wife said that it smelled a little funny too. It must be the material that they use. Some people say that the odor goes away after a few months.
Tempur-Pedic Comfort Pillow (Image: Tempur-Pedic)
After the 4th day of use I noticed that I had a small, almost un-noticeable, itchy hive on my upper lip and later that day I developed a few more on my right arm; the arm that I usually tuck under the pillow when I sleep. I normally don’t have allergic reactions to anything, but I think these pillows may have triggered one. My 2 year old daughter, whom occasionally crawls in bed between my wife and I also had a rash on her upper back and on her left hand. She seemed to like the comfort of the pillow I was using, too. Unfortunately she had the same reactions as I did.
Also, on the 4th and 5th mornings that I awoke I had a headache and didn’t feel well for a few hours. I thought that maybe I slept too long and just needed some coffee to get me going. I normally only sleep for 6 hours and sometimes take a short nap later in the day. These two days I had slept 8 hours on day 4 and 7 hours on day 5. It wasn’t like the grogginess you feel after sleeping for 10 hours or longer, but an almost hungover feeling. My wife complained a little bit on the 5th day about a slight headache upon waking as well.
I never gave a thought about the pillows when I broke out in hives or woke up feeling not-so-good. I started to wonder what could have made me have hives. At first I thought the one on my face could have been caused by my aftershave, but as my arms started to itch, I kind of put 2 and 2 together.
From a technical and medical point of view, I couldn’t sit here and say that I’m 100% sure that the Tempur-Pedic pillow s caused these problems, but I discontinued the use of the pillow and the hives are going away and I’ve been feeling much better in the morning the last two days. I got online and started searching for other complaints about allergic reactions, odor and any discomfort. While I found quite a few complaints not related to my own, I did find a lot of complaints identical and/or similar to my own.
While the comfort of the Tempur-Pedic pillows were great, the negative effects I encountered were more than I could bare. More that anyone could bare for that matter. I’m personally going to have to pass on the Tempur-Pedic pillows.
I was researching Tempurpedic mattresses and pillows after testing my friend’s Rhapsody model. They love their mattress but do get hot on it at times. I think it felt great, but wanted to research the issue more. I found this review at
http://www.spacedaily.com/tempurpedic-mattress-comparison.htm and liked the idea of the breathable design with the Biogreen odorless memory foam. Has anybody tried the mattress or pillows?