Friday, 13 June 2014

Mediflow Waterbase Pillows



Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, pillow for neck pain, pillow for snoring problem

Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, pillow for neck pain, pillow for snoring problem

A while ago I've come to conclusion that I need a really good pillow to help me with my neck and shoulder pain. None I've bought in the past, from whichever price range, were helping, and I refused to try feather pillows as they all smell funny. I tried using 2 pillows as well but that's not very comfortable either.

About a month ago Mediflow, a German company who specialises in pillows that helps reduce neck pain and improves quality of sleep, has sent me one of their pillow to try. They call it the Waterbase pillow as the base of the pillow is to be filled with water for support. They have also kindly sent hubby a 40 x 80cm one from Germany with a matching anti-allergenic pillow cover as it is the most recommended one by physiotherapists. It's also the most popular shape in Germany.


Left: Standard size sold in the UK   Right: Recommended by physiotherapists and most popular one sold in Germany
Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, pillow for neck pain, pillow for snoring problem

The Waterbase Pillow (rrp £49.95 for the UK standard size) has a layer of hypoallergenic polyester fibre, resting on top of a layer of water that's been kept inside a thermal insulator (water can be kept for a year). The pillow also comes with a dual purpose tool to act like a wrench to open the cap at the base, and as a funnel to guide water into the waterbase. Instructions on how to fill the pillow with water is written on the inside of the packaging.


Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, pillow for neck pain, pillow for snoring problem

Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, pillow for neck pain, pillow for snoring problem

To fill the pillow, simply unscrew the cap using the dual purpose tool, then screw the tool into the hole and use it as a funnel to guide water into the waterbase. The amount of water needed depends on how firm you like your support to be, and you might need a few try before you get the correct support you need. At least it's adjustable. Once filled, unscrew the tool and squeeze out the air pocket inside the waterbase so it won't slosh around when you sleep, then screw the cap back firmly with the tool.


Due to natural instinct, you'll have to learn to overcome the fear of the possibility that water might leak from the pillow. Me and hubby each have 4 litres of water in our pillows, so you can imagine how hard it is. Only recently did I stop worrying and Clay has occasionally walked over them as well (I have spoken to them firmly about walking and jumping on our pillows when we just got them, with a constant reminder every so often). I would still not recommend having a child jumping on them though, just to be on the safe side!

Both me and hubby think that the Mediflow Waterbase pillows are really comfortable. The polyester layer is super soft, so I did wonder whether it would be supportive enough. After a month, the pillows are still holding their shape (most of the ones I bought before would have become flatter by now), and although we didn't quite notice the difference after each sleep (just that it's a very comfortable pillow), I did realise that I haven't woken up to neck and shoulder pain for a very very long time! Even hubby's sleeping problem caused by allergy reaction has diminished, although the kids has been taking over his pillow quite often so I think he didn't quite notice it. Abby who's always on his pillow slept soundly without waking up in the middle of the night anymore though!

I think the only problem for us is that you can't flip your pillow over to sleep on the other side. We do that during the night when the pillow gets a bit too warm. Now I turn it upside down for a cooler area to sleep on. I'm also used to sleeping on the edge of the pillow, so I had to occasionally make the edge of the pillow thicker by squeezing the top and bottom closer together, exactly what I need to do for all the other pillows. I guess that's why hubby's 40 x 80cm pillow is preferred. I hope that they will consider bringing in the 40 x 80 to the UK soon!