How To Sleep Comfortably With Neck Pain
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How To Sleep Comfortably With Neck Pain

Are you struggling to fall asleep every night due to neck pain and as a result, you’re waking up in the morning feeling tired, stiff, and annoyed with the constant pain?

You’re definitely not the only one, we see so many patients with problematic neck pain disturbing their sleep, leaving them frustrated and exhausted.

Finding ways to improve the quality of your sleep while managing your neck pain can often be tricky. However, there are a few simple tips to improve sleep, increase comfort, and reduce neck pain.

This blog will explore some of these tips in-depth to give you the best chance of getting that all-important restful sleep!

How To Sleep Comfortably With Neck Pain

Sleeping Positions To Make Your Sleep More Comfortable

Sleeping with neck pain is an obvious challenge, how are you supposed to get comfortable when the body part that supports your head is in so much pain?

The best place to start is with your sleeping position.

You could try sleeping in a fully flat position or sleeping on your back with your head and neck supported by a pillow to make your sleep more comfortable.

If you generally sleep on your side, draw up one or both knees slightly toward your chest and tuck a pillow between your legs to provide further support and keep the spine aligned.

Placing an extra soft pillow under the curve of the neck can add additional cushioning to protect your neck from further damage.

You should avoid sleeping positions that hyperextend or twist the neck is crucial when managing sleep discomfort related to any source of neck pain.

Of course, everyone will prefer a different sleeping position and it could take you a little while to find the right one for you. Keep experimenting with different positions and you may find one that is ideal for you!

The Correct Type Of Mattress

Using the correct mattress to get your beauty sleep is a vital element to avoiding neck pain and getting restful sleep.

The ideal mattress for those who suffer from neck pain is a medium firm thickness and topped with memory foam to ensure good posture.

Memory foam is fantastic for providing comfortable contouring support during your sleep which encourages a natural sleeping position with an ideal posture without putting unnecessary pressure on your joints.

Soft mattresses can cause your body to sink into the mattress and create an uneven posture. This can put excess pressure on your neck and shoulders causing poor sleep and neck pain that can last throughout the day!

The same is true for a mattress that is too hard or firm. A hard mattress can not only give you crippling neck pain, but it can also mean you wake up with your whole body aching and we know this isn’t what you want.

The Correct Type Of Pillow

Your pillow is the place you rest your head for 8 hours of your day, you may be asleep, but it’s just as important to take care of your neck when you’re sleeping as when you’re awake.

Therefore, your pillow choice is vital to make sure you don’t make your neck pain worse, or exacerbate any neck pain issues you’re having.

If you have a firm pillow, it will push against your neck and push your neck out of alignment with your shoulders. This can create even more pain and prevent you from getting restful sleep, so you’re prepared for the day ahead.

If your pillow is too soft, it may not provide enough support to your neck causing you to hunch your shoulders and bend your neck backwards.

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These pillows are made from a luxurious memory foam which is very comfortable to lay on and they each come customized to you. We take some measurements of your shoulders, neck, and back and also take into account the position you like to sleep in!

If you’re looking to relieve your neck pain and get a better quality of sleep, arrange your free measurement for your Pillowise pillow where you can speak to our physical therapist about any questions you may have, if you decide to go ahead, our Pillowise pillows currently have 15% off!

Physical Therapy To Relieve Neck Pain And Give You A Restful Sleep

So, you’ve tried the tips and advice, but you feel like your neck pain is not getting any better. You’ve been looking for a permanent solution with no answers yet and you think you’ve run out of options. But physical therapy could be the permanent answer you’re looking for.

Physical therapy can help to relax the muscles in your neck and give you natural, long-lasting neck pain relief without the need for pain meds.

Here at Breakaway Physical Therapy, we offer a limited number of free breakthrough visits where you can ask our expert physical therapists any questions you might have, and discover the best treatment options for you.

To arrange your free breakthrough visit, fill in our simple online form or call us on 410-721-6333 

Alternatively, if you aren’t ready to come into the clinic, you can download our free neck and shoulder pain report for even more tips to relieve your neck pain.

Other Free Resources For Neck Pain Relief 

Download Our Free Neck Pain Report 

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Shaina Clemons

Shaina Clemons

Shaina is the founder and owner of Breakaway Physical Therapy.  She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore, along with a Bachelor's degree from Towson University.   Shaina is an Ironman triathlete, with a love of all sports. Exercise is her passion, which plays an important role in both her personal and professional life.  In her free time, Shaina enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children.  Shaina's love of snowboarding led her to her career choice many years ago. 
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