Are You Causing Trauma to Your Neck While You Sleep?
There are many ways you can hurt your neck—a lot of which you can’t control. One of the most common causes of neck discomfort or pain can, however, be easily remedied—the way you sleep.
How to Make Sure Your Sleep Position Isn’t Causing Neck Pain
First things first—the wors t sleeping position for your neck is, without question, on your stomach. Because you can’t put your face into the mattress, you’ll spend the entire time sleeping (or trying to sleep) with your neck in an abnormal position, turned to one side or the other. That puts unnecessary stress on your neck muscles.
Whether you sleep on your side or on your back, you can do so without putting strain on neck muscles. If you prefer to sleep on your back (and can do so without snoring and waking up others), use a rounded pillow under your neck and a flat one under your head. The rounded pillow will support the natural curve in your neck. You can actually accomplish both objectives by put a small roll in the pillowcase of a flatter pillow,
If, on the other hand, you sleep on your side, use a higher pillow under your neck than under your head. Again, you can do this with a single pillow, stuffed with more padding where your neck will rest. Make certain the overall pillow isn’t too high—if it is, your neck will be cocked at an angle while you sleep, a potential source of irritation.
Feather pillows and “memory foam” pillows both work well to conform to the shape of your head and neck. If you use a feather pillow, though, you should expect to replace it every other year or so, as it will collapse with time.
Finally, if you live a busy lifestyle and find yourself catching 40 winks on a train, plane or in a car (while someone else is driving!), carry one of those portable, horseshoe-shaped pillows to keep your head stable when you doze.
Experiencing Chronic Pain?—Let Peralta Chiropractic Help
At Peralta Chiropractic, with offices in Dallas, we use chiropractic care and treatment to improve the health and well-being of patients across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including people experiencing neck pain. Call us at 214-942-3700 or at 817-923-1254 to set up an appointment.