How to Put Neck Pain and Sleep Problems to Rest
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us know we need the right mattress and good pillows to avoid neck pain. But now Harvard Health researchers say the quality of our sleep may cause neck and shoulder pain, too.
Studies show people who have sleep problems are more likely to develop chronic musculoskeletal pain than those who don’t have sleep issues. Sleep problems can be trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up very early, or sleeping without feeling rested. Researchers say sleep problems and pain may interfere with normal sleep patterns that relax and restore the muscles.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
When you stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you, a licensed chiropractor can help you with your neck pain and sleep issues.
The spine houses the intricate nervous system that controls everything you do. When the spine is in good working order, you may be too. Pain in the neck, and other joints, can be caused by joint restrictions. The restrictions can create dysfunction, lack of motion, and nerve irritation that responds well to chiropractic adjustments.
The adjustment is a gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. It may relieve your pain, and provide other benefits like more mental clarity, better sleep, improved energy, digestion or metabolism.
As you solve your pain, and enjoy more wellness, you may find your neck pain and sleep problems diminishing.
Here are some additional tips.
- Sleeping Positions - Sleep on your side or back, rather than your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach is hard on your spine because the back arches, and the neck is turned to the side.
- Choose the Right Mattress – Choose a firm or semi-firm mattress that is comfortable for you. Test them in the store, in a hotel, or at a friend’s house. If you currently have an uneven or lumpy mattress, replace it.
- Get the Right Pillow – Feather or memory foam pillows mold to fit your neck. Avoid high, stiff pillows that put the neck at an uncomfortable angle.
- Support Your Neck – When riding in a car or plane, or watching TV, support the neck with a contoured pillow.
As always, if you are continuing to have sleep problems, see your physician to check out any other health issues that may be causing problems.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is ready when you are. The Joint provides a private, affordable care package that eliminates the need for insurance. Weekend and evening hours are available, and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.