Why Your Neck Hurts When You Wake Up

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

Patients frequently question their chiropractor in Murfreesboro about the cause of neck pain after a nights sleep. For some people numbness in their fingers or even their entire hand goes along with the neck pain.

The first thing to look at is the kind of pillow they’re sleeping and whether it’s filled with foam or feathers. When your pillow appears flat no matter what it’s filled with it needs replacing.  For back sleepers a molded foam pillow is the exception as it provides adequate support for their neck and head. Side sleepers should never use any type of foam pillow and feather pillows tend to bunch up during sleep. You may be left wondering just how to pick a pillow that’s right whether you’re a back, side or stomach sleeper.

Those that sleep on their stomachs are all too familiar with the misery of a stiff neck in the morning. A pillow that provides support for front sleepers does not exist so it’s advisable to learn some new sleep habits. Stomach sleepers do a lot of harm to their necks by stretching out the muscles on one side of their neck. Side sleepers require a thicker pillow made of high density foam. It should be thick enough to fill the space between the side of your head and the outside of your shoulder. Fully supported in this way no squeezing or pinching of nerves happens during sleep. Pillows that have a built in neck roll are the best choice for back sleepers. With your head and neck in a neutral position it relieves any stress that might otherwise be put on your muscles or nerves.

While the proper pillow can help with morning neck pain it’s a good idea to visit your chiropractor as some alignment might be necessary. Why spend one more uncomfortable morning call Revolution Health Center today to book your chiropractic check up.


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