I’ve been tweaking my neck and shoulder muscles at the gym doing exercises I’ve done before, at the same weight, with no issues. I finally figured out it’s because I’m sleeping at a weird angle and that throws things out of alignment. Time for a new pillow!
I’m a side sleeper and the struggle is real–I’d been using the Wamsutta pillow recommended by The Strategist but it flattens out after a few months. So I got the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam (!) recommended by The Wirecutter and used it for the first time last night and let me tell you: It is AMAZING.
I woke up with this quote in my head from Little House on the Prairie (the Fever ‘N Ague* chapter):
Ma leaned back in the softness. Her thin cheeks flushed and her eyes sparkled with tears but her smile was beautiful. …She said, “Oh, Charles! I haven’t been so comfortable in I don’t know when.”
*Thirty years of reading these books and I still have no idea how to pronounce “ague”.