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    I had a similar issue, but I fixed it with a pillow.

    I bought a sea-to-summit pillow. I blow it up with air to the comfortable firmness for my noggin. Because I put minimum air in it, it conforms to the shape of the hammock.


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    Comments, as usual, are all right on the mark. Try something small as support underneath you neck. Works for me.
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    i use a knit hat and a fleece hat. i put the knit inside the fleece and it makes a good thin pillow (for me).
    if the weather requires, i put one on with the other folded as pillow/ neck roll.

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    My wife likes a c shaped neck pillow. Sje really digs how it stays with her no matter how she moves around. I like my small I inflatable pillow. Don't remember the brand, but it's got a flannel on one side and bright green nylon on the other. Just a half a breath into it a) keeps the back of my head and neck warm when it's cold out and, b) keeps my skull *just* enough off the "hard" fabric to be comfy. It's about the size of a disappointing orange (larger than a Clementine, a good deal smaller than a Monsanto monster...) and only weighs a couple ounces. I recently started experiencing a similar issue with head soreness after trying not having a pillow. I do fine for naps without it, which prompted me to try it out sans pillow. All night, however, gives me a dull ache in the morning. I won't go to the woods without it now.

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    If the neck support route doesn't work for you, try a section of open cell foam, perhaps 1/2" - 1" thick, under your head.

    I need great neck support everywhere except in a gathered end hammock, for some reason. The foam I use is ~1" thick and squishy. Works perfectly - no more headache.

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    I use a rolled up T-Shirt, just under the Occipital area, that works just great for my needs.

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    Suggestions galore!

    I slept with a shirt under my neck last night and it helped a ton. No sore noggin. I never would have thought to support my neck to prevent pain at the back of my head.

    I plan to work my way through as many of your recommendations as I can. At first the fiddle factor of hammocks irritated me, but now I really enjoy it.

    Thanks everyone!

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    I think that green/felt pillow is Sea to Summit. I looked at several and the real expensive ones sounded like lying on a bag of cornflakes each time I moved - read those product reviews - too much hi-tech innards. The Sea to Summit is nothing fancy; it just does the job I bought it for. Half the time or more, when I do use it, it's for my knee area. When I do use it by my head, it's nice not to have to put my face on nylon. I suppose a light flannel pillow case would be easy to make - or just stuff it in a tee shirt - but the felt side is soft enough.
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    I have a Klymit Pillow-X Ultralight. It's small, light, and bonded corner to corner. Makes a perfect cradle for my head in the hammock while supporting my neck - but I have to fill it then let air out 'til it feels right.

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    I have injured discs in my neck and upper back. I had a very hard time getting used to a hammock at first because I was laying in the centerline of the hammock, and my neck hurt a lot. I've learned to get a little diagonal in the hammock with the end sling in line with my shoulder.
    I've tried using sleeping pads and blankets and different pillows to find that comforting spot. Sleeping pads kinds work but they are just not for me in a hammock for two reasons: one - it gets too hot; second - they move around too much. In the result I found that I need a small, thin and soft pillow, since normal bed pillows are too big - they crank the neck up too high. My neck is already up at an angle so a thin pillow is just right.
    Also if your troubles are severe, try a bridge hammock instead of a gathered end.

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