Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Is Sleeping Becoming a Pain In The Neck?

If you frequently wake up in the morning with neck pain or headaches, your pillow may be the reason.

Sleeping night after night on a flat pillow without any support can cause a lot of unnecessary pain.  Because of this, some people resort to using pain medications and sleep aids to get through the night. If you are forced to use pain medication or sleeping pills to get to sleep and are still uncomfortable throughout the day… a cervical pillow might be just the thing for you.

Cervical pillows help put the neck in a “neutral” position when you are laying in bed or sleeping. These pillows are designed to work whether you are a side or back sleeper. They provide support to maintain the natural curve of the neck while laying on your back and keep the cervical vertebrae in a straight line when laying on your side. Stomach sleeping is discouraged in general as it puts undue stress on the neck and lower back, leading to painful, uncomfortable mornings.

There are many types of cervical pillows advertised, using everything from rice to space age foams and even water filled ones.  We have several types of pillows to choose from at our office that vary in cost, design, and materials.  Stop in and we can help you find which one will work best for you.

Of course sleeping positions can also have an effect on the quality of sleep you get as well.  If possible, try to sleep on your back or side to prevent too much stress from being put on the lower back or neck.  If that doesn’t help and you still have neck pain, it may be time for a chiropractic adjustment!

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