Neck and shoulder pain is a common problem. Daily life requires many activities that can easily cause a crick in the neck or result in tight shoulders. Pain or even discomfort in these regions can lead to headaches, slowing down or even halting your daily momentum. But some of the biggest damage done to your neck and shoulders can occur while you’re asleep (or trying to sleep). Sleeping in a proper position can help alleviate these painful issues. To help you find restful sleep, here are some of the best sleeping positions for neck and shoulder pain.
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For neck pain, it’s important that you don’t sleep on your stomach. Stomach sleeping is very tough on the spine, so it is not among the best sleeping positions for neck pain. No matter the pillow, your back is going to be arched and your neck turned to the side—both scenarios that lead to neck pain. So sleep on your back or side. Avoid using a pillow that is too stiff or too high. Pillows of this nature cause the neck to stay flexed overnight. Most likely you’ll wake up with some stiffness or even pain. It’s important to find a pillow that conforms to the contour of your head and neck, while still providing support.
Shoulder pain can sometimes be caused if you’re a side-sleeper and you always sleep on the same side. Try alternating the sides of your body that you sleep on. Knowing this, you may think that lying on your back will solve the issue, but in actuality, sleeping on your back can be just as strenuous on your shoulders. Still, it’s best to try out different sleeping positions for back pain. Perhaps laying on your back is what your shoulders have been craving. Another thing to consider is that sleeping with a pillow between or under your legs can help straighten the spine. This creates superior alignment and can potentially relieve your shoulder pain.
Based on what has already been explained, there is a bit of trial and error. If you have neck or shoulder pain, never sleep on your stomach. It’s as simple as that. If shoulder pain persists, try switching sides routinely. Or even try sleeping on your back if side-switching doesn’t do the trick. But what may be the most important factor to happy days free of neck and should pain is finding the right pillow.
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