Are you getting neck pain from sleep?
How do you know?
(If you’re not sure, check out Causes of Neck Pain, it may point you in the proper direction…)
Well, when you wake up in the morning, is your neck stiff or achey?
I hear it all the time…”When I wake up, I my neck feels stiff.”
There are a couple reasons for this.
First off, when you’re sleeping, your muscles aren’t firing as much as they do during the day. This alone will make you more prone to stiffness.
However, they should still be active to a certain degree.
How or why would this affect you?
If you sleep on a mattress that is too soft, or too much like a cloud where you literally sink into it…
We have a problem!
Your muscles need to have some bounce or movement throughout the night. Otherwise, you wake up stiff and feeling terrible in the morning.
The firmer your mattress or pillow, the better you will feel in the morning.
Now, there are obviously extremes…and I don’t ever think extreme is good. So, finding a healthy balance is important.
However, I always recommend trending towards firm when choosing a surface you will be sleeping on.
Sleeping surface is very important. But I find another factor to play an even bigger role in how your neck and body feel when you wake up in the morning.
That variable is sleeping position.
How do you sleep? Are you a stomach sleeper? Do you lay on your back? On your side?
Everyone seems to have a favorite way to fall asleep.
Do you know the best sleeping position for your health?
It is true that no one’s spine is exactly the same – which is why you should never let someone work on your spine without first doing a very detailed analysis of it.
That said, for the majority of people, there is one position that is not ideal for good sleep.
On the flip side, there are two positions that are much less likely to cause damage to your body and result in great sleep.
Check out our newest video as Dr. Matt explains how you can sleep and avoid neck pain.