Experiencing neck pain when you wake up? There are two common sleeping positions that will help reduce neck pain: sleeping on your back or on your side. If you are a stomach sleeper be aware that this sleeping position puts unnecessary stress on the spine.
BENEFITS OF SLEEP POSITION
- Back Sleeper: Helps distribute weight along the spine evenly, helps with acid reflux, fights sleep wrinkles, but could worsen snoring.
- Side Sleeper: Helps with neck pain, reduces snoring, helps with acid reflux, and improves breathing.
Selecting the right pillow for your sleep position can also help to reduce neck pain. Here is a quick list of the type of pillows you should use depending on your preferred sleep position.
PILLOW GUIDE FOR SLEEP POSITION
- Back Sleeper: Use a thin, rounded pillow.
- Side Sleeper: Use a thicker pillow – about 4 to 6 inches.
- Stomach Sleeper: Use a very thin pillow or do not use a pillow at all.
When sleeping try to keep the neck in a neutral position. Too many pillows can put your neck in a bent position. Make sure your pillow is placed above your shoulders. Rolling a towel or utilizing a specialized pillow to support your neck could also help reduce neck pain.
If your neck pain continues please schedule an appointment with one of our experienced spine physicians to see what non-surgical or surgical options would benefit you. Complete the below Request Appointment form and we can help you get connected today!