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Do You Wake Up with Neck Pain?

Posted by Ashley Banks on

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Do you wake up with neck pain in the morning? If you wake up with aches and pains, it is common for people to blame the mattress; however, when it comes to neck pain, it isnt usually the fault of the mattress. Neck pain also has little to do with sleeping position overall. Usually, the culprit is the pillow.

Take a minute and think about the important role the pillow plays. The job of a pillow is to keep the head and cervical spine in line with the rest of the vertebrae. If the pillow doesnt provide the right type of neck support, this could cause you to wake up with neck pain. A contour pillow is a great way to provide the cervical spine with the level of support you need to put your morning neck pain behind you.

Why Does Your Bed Pillow Matter?

You might think that as long as your pillow helps your fall asleep at night, it is doing its job well; however, you also need to find a pillow that will help you improve your overall health. This means thinking about your neck. If your pillow sits too high or too low, this can place a lot of stress on the muscles in your neck. This can also cause your windpipe to narrow. This can make it hard for you to breathe at night. This might cause you to wake up gasping for air. You might also notice morning headaches because your brain has been deprived of oxygen due to this obstruction.

The right pillow should help you align your spine. This will alleviate pressure throughout your body including your neck, back, hips, and shoulders. A traditional pillow simply wont do the job well because they tend to flatten out over time. That is why a contour pillow is different. This is a pillow that will adapt to your needs, ensuring you are comfortable and supported throughout the entire night.

What About Your Sleeping Position?

It is true that the sleeping position will play a role in the effectiveness of your pillow. An adjustable pillow will adapt to your sleeping position; however, if you arent using an adjustable pillow, then you need to think about your sleeping style. If you sleep on your back or stomach, you will want a thinner pillow because you dont want your head to be lifted off of the mattress too far. If the pillow raises your head too high, it could place a lot of strain on your back or stomach.

If you sleep on your side, then you will want a pillow that is a bit higher. This pillow needs to raise your head over your shoulders to provide you the right alignment of your spine You may also want a second pillow to place between your knees. This will make sure that your knees are aligned with your pelvis and hips.

How Can I Avoid Morning Neck Pain?

If you are waking up with neck pain in the morning, then you need to think about your pillow. Finding an adjustable pillow would be ideal because you can adjust the material in the pillow to make sure that your neck is properly aligned with the rest of your spine. If your neck sits too high or too low at night, relatively to the rest of your spine, you could be holding this position for eight hours while you sleep. This places a tremendous amount of stress on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your neck. Therefore, you could feel aches, pains, stiffness, and soreness when you wake up in the morning. If you suffer from nerve compression or osteoarthritis, this pain could get even worse.

Rely on a Contour Pillow

If you want to avoid morning neck pain, then you need to make sure that you use the right pillow. The Snuggle-Pedic Contour pillow is one of the top options on the market. Made with breathable cooling technology, this pillow will prevent you from overheating during the night. Furthermore, with three in one contour pillow technology, you can adjust the thickness of this pillow to make sure that it properly positions your neck every night; however, dont just take our word for it! Try it for 120 nights risk-free! If you are waking up in the morning, this contour pillow can help you get a better night's sleep!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the Snuggle-Pedic line products.

Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C.

Chiropractor & Head of Product Design at Snuggle-Pedic

 

Sources:

https://www.sleep.org/articles/prevent-neck-pain-while-sleeping/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

https://edisonspinecenter.com/sleeping-positions-for-back-and-neck-pain/

https://www.healthline.com/health/neck-pain/waking-up-with-neck-pain


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