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!

The Health Benefits of Walking

If you’re trying to be more active, you might think that walking “isn’t enough.” That’s far from true – in fact, walking regularly has a multitude of health benefits, from reducing back pain to improving your heart.

read more

Neck Pain | The Benefits of Regular Walking for Exercise

Can going for a walk really make a difference in your health? Many people think that unless they go to a gym and break a serious sweat, they “aren’t exercising.” Fortunately, that’s far from true! Walking regularly, including during your lunch at work, can give you...

read more

Avoiding Back Pain at Your Desk Job

If you’re like 86% of Americans, you do a lot of sitting at your full-time job. Almost all work today is done through computers or at a desk, and that means you don’t get much movement. In fact, your boss may frown on the idea of you walking around too much, assuming...

read more

What You Need to Know About Whiplash

If you’ve fallen or been in a car accident – even if the incident was minor – you may have suffered whiplash. While this injury doesn’t have the external signs a broken bone or cut shows, it can be just as serious.   Having your whiplash taken seriously and...

read more

Ways to Work Self-Care Into Your Day

Staying healthy is about a lot more than avoiding pain and illness. Yes, you want to limit how often you have to go to a back pain doctor, but you can do a lot better than that. The good news is that you can go beyond being “OK,” or “not in pain,” and actually feel...

read more

Why You Need a Digital Detox

Millions of years ago, humans were developing and growing as a species. This consisted primarily of sitting on soft, comfortable seats, staring straight ahead, and moving very little except their fingers and wrists. Wait, what? That’s not how it was?   Our bodies...

read more

Managing Back and Neck Pain With Natural Remedies

It seems our society is almost trained that any time we have pain or discomfort, we should immediately go to the doctor to get medicine for it. We certainly have nothing against proper medical treatment, but we also recognize that many times pills mask our symptoms...

read more

4 Ways to Stay Active as You Age

As you get older, your body doesn’t work as well as it used it. You just don’t have the limberness, flexibility, and even mobility you had when you were younger. However, it’s vital to keep your body moving, even as it gets harder. The

read more

5 Tips for Staying Active This Winter

As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, you may feel like giving up your exercise routine or taking a break from being active.  The temperatures in Little Rock may not be as cold as other parts of the country, but they’re certainly not as comfortable as...

read more

Understanding Your Spine: The Cervical Region

Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between your spine and the rest of your body. Disorders that affect your muscles and joints affect your general health in a number of ways.   Have you noticed that tension in your neck and shoulders can cause...

read more