I have found the way to manage, is by having 3 pillows. I place 2 on top of each other and the third one, I put on it's edge, on top of them, but at the front. Then plonk my head on the top, making sure my neck is well supported, leaving less force on my shoulders.
Bit hard to describe. If we could put pictures on here, I could show you what I mean!
Seems to work for me. Still takes a few awkward movements to turn over though.