If you suffer with neck pain after sleeping, you are not alone. Millions of people report occasional neck pain when they arise from sleep.
While some of the causes of chronic neck pain are related to age and wear and tear on your neck and spine, occasional, or acute neck pain occurs mostly because of your sleep position. On the other hand, if you suffer with chronic neck pain for other reasons, sleeping in the proper position may still help to reduce or eliminate your neck pain.
Let’s have a look at how you are sleeping and what effect it may be having on your neck pain.
The Best Sleep Positions for Neck Pain
According to Harvard Health Publishing, the two sleeping positions that are best for your neck include sleeping on your side or your back.
Back sleepers require a rounded style pillow that will support the neck’s natural curve while the cushioning around your head remains flat. You can get a special neck pillow with built-in neck support with a head rest indentation or tuck a neck roll inside your pillowcase with your soft, flat pillow.