How to Sleep With Neck Pain

July 17, 2019

When your neck hurts, it’s hard to think about much else. It’s hard to focus when you drive, when you’re at work, and even when you’re relaxing on the weekend.

However, one of the places neck pain causes the most trouble is when you’re trying to sleep at night. Getting a good night’s rest is essential to your body’s self-healing processes, as well as to the health of your mind and internal organs.

But what about when you’re in pain? Here are some tips to get a good night’s sleep anyway.

Sleep in the Right Position

There are two ways to sleep that are the easiest on your neck. You can sleep on your side with an appropriately supportive pillow. This holds your neck in a neutral position and allows the muscles to relax while you sleep.

If you’re struggling with neck pain, that relaxation can make all the difference!

You can also sleep on your back. While this position is natural, it is difficult for some people to fall asleep this way. If you sleep on your back, be sure to support the curve of your neck and rest your head on a thinner pillow. 

Have a Great Pillow

A pillow that constantly loses its shape or simply doesn’t support your head is never a good idea if you’re struggling with pain. On the other hand, a great pillow can prevent pain.

Instead, choose a contoured and supportive pillow. Memory foam contoured pillows are a great choice, as are cervical pillows.

Avoid using a pillow that is too high or too stiff. It can bend your neck into an unnatural position, which can make neck pain worse than it was before. 

Regardless of what pillow you use, be sure it is high enough to support the contours of your neck for the sleeping position you use.

Get Enough Sleep

This might seem difficult when you’re in pain, but hear us out. If you have neck pain, you need to make especially sure you’re going to bed early enough to get enough sleep so your body can heal.

This may mean going to bed earlier than usual for a time if it takes you awhile to fall asleep. You can also use calming routines and stretches to help your body relax and get ready to sleep. Consider warm baths or meditation to calm both your body and mind.

You should definitely avoid late nights and early mornings, because this can make the pain worse. Don’t overlook the importance of restorative rest!

See a Chiropractor for Your Neck Pain

Of course, the most important thing you can do is see a chiropractor to take care of your pain. If you’ve never gotten chiropractic care before, we will carefully assess you to determine the cause of your neck pain and offer the proper form of treatment.

Many of our patients find that a few simple spine and neck adjustments are all they need to move forward without pain. If you’re interested in discovering a pain-free life, contact Restoration Health today!

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