I was sleeping quite peacefully when the alarm raised its obnoxious voice at 04:29. Let's face it: I'm no happier about Monday morning after a long weekend than anyone else. But this peaceful sleep has been rare, recently.
Compounding the regret at being roused is the fact that we've had extreme difficulty finding a pillow which will hold up longer than six or eight weeks before collapsing. Most don't last that long, and spending more money is no guarantee of quality. In some cases, it's been quite the opposite.
Saturday night was the final straw: I spent hours in a futile attempt to find a position which wouldn't produce neck muscle spasms, and still woke up with a sore shoulder and an arm which had fallen asleep.
We've spent hundreds of dollars on pillows in the last year. No luck.
So enough was enough. I went to the Sportsman's Warehouse yesterday and dropped $45 on an inflatable camp pillow with a five-year warranty.
I inflated it halfway, and stuck it in the slip with the memory foam pillow purchased most recently. It took me about 15 minutes to get the amount of air just right, but it finally provided enough additional height to straighten my neck. The money quote is that I don't remember anything after that, until the alarm went off this a.m.
The best part of this innovation is that as the foam pillow compresses, more air can be added to the camp pillow to compensate.
This life hack has been brought to you by a good night's sleep. :)