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How to Battle Morning Soreness

By Sara Butler

Getting up from bed in the morning is sometimes a harrowing experience. After all, you've been laying there for at least 8 hours or so and unconscious of your position as you did it. Some morning soreness and stiffness is to be expected. But for some people, the immobility of sleep can lead to stiffness, inflammation, and pain in the morning.

If you're one of those people, then try not to fret. There are some things you can do each morning to try to battle morning soreness and stiffness. Here's what you need to know.

Get a Good Pillow

If you want to help reduce morning soreness and stiffness, then finding a good pillow is key. Many people regard pillows as a one-size-fits-all piece of bedding, but they're not. You should choose a pillow that fits your preferred sleep position.

While everyone needs to support their neck as they sleep, side and stomach sleepers have different needs for fluffiness and firmness than a back sleeper. If you can find a pillow that helps to keep your head in a neutral position no matter what position you sleep in, then you may notice that you sleep more comfortably and you wake up with less soreness in the morning.

Move More

Working out can make you sore, but exercising every day can help to keep your muscles strong and your joints loose, which will help you feel better in the long term and less sore when you wake up in the morning.

Even if you can't head to the gym each day, you can make a difference in how you feel by making sure to simply move more. Walk around for a few minutes each day or schedule some time for some stretching or yoga.

Get Enough Vitamin D

A lack of Vitamin D has been found to impact your bone and muscle health. So, it makes sense to try to make sure you're getting enough Vitamin D each day, especially in the winter. You can do this by making sure to get at least 10-15 minutes of sunshine on your skin each day or eating foods fortified with it. You can also find foods that are naturally high in Vitamin D and add them to your diet, such as eggs or fatty fish such as salmon. As long as you make sure you get enough, it can make a big difference in how you feel each day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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