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Why Do You Wake Up with Neck Pain After a Good Night's Rest?

You spend about one-third of your life sleeping. Waking up after a good night’s rest is an amazing feeling, but waking up with neck pain after that ‘good night’s sleep’ completely defeats the purpose. Sleeping is what allows your body to repair and rejuvenate for another day, but if you’re waking up with neck and back pains consider how you are sleeping and what you are sleeping on. Without realizing it, you may be putting stress and strain on your neck muscles at night.

One of the most common causes of neck pain is having your neck twisted or bent too far in any direction for too long. The type of pillow you chose can be an important part of preventing or managing neck pain. There are different things you can do to minimize your neck pain while sleeping. You need a good pillow to give your neck muscles support. Use a pillow that supports the natural curve of your neck.

If you sleep on your back, choose a thinner pillow so that your head is not too far forward, because if it is, that is what can be causing you neck pain. If you sleep on your side you need a firm pillow to fill in the distance between your ear and outside shoulder so there is no strain on your neck while sleeping. If you are a stomach sleeper, which tends to be the toughest on your spine, you should try using a very thin pillow so that your neck is aligned with your body and there is no strain on your back or neck. Whether these pillows are memory foam, wool/cotton, or feather it all depends on your preference and what make you feel the most comfortable at night. 

Discovering the best position to sleep in and finding the right pillow for you and the way you sleep are essential. The two sleeping positions that are easiest on your neck, are on your side or on your back. Depending on what position you sleep best in, side, back or stomach, there are pillows that are specially designed to be helpful for each one.  



About First State Spine 

Located in Newark, Delaware, we at First State Spine are leaders in diagnosing and managing adult spinal disorders. The foundation of our treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis, and an individualized, conservative treatment plan using a multidisciplinary approach. Surgery is always a last resort. Our experienced physicians have completed advanced training to ensure our patients receive the best care available. We strive for excellence and to exceed the expectations of our patients. 


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