Neck Pain & Sleeping Positions


Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, but one of the factors is the position in which you sleep. It is critical to find the most comfortable and supportive neck position for sleep. There are a lot of guides out there when it comes to how to improve neck pain due to sleep, but one baseline improvement you can make is your sleep position.

Two positions that provide less stress on your neck are sleeping on your back or your side. While it can still be uncomfortable, adding pillows to certain areas of your body can make it easier to fall asleep without the potential of pain. Sleeping on your stomach can be a big contributor to neck pain as you have to bend your neck in order to breathe. If you are sleeping on your side and need an idea of where to put a pillow, try one under your stomach.

Pillows for your head can be tricky, because in order to keep your neck in a neutral position, you need to have your head be directly parallel to your bed. If you need to add another pillow under your head, that can help. Experiment with different pillows and positions until you find the one that works best for you. Make sure to use a supportive and well-cushioned mattress to keep your spine in proper alignment. Consider investing in a mattress topper for extra comfort.

If you are able to, make sure to switch sleeping positions throughout the night. This would avoid putting too much pressure on any one area. If you are looking to improve your sleep, consult with your chiropractor! They may have treatment options!



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