If you find yourself waking up with neck pain and numbness, I have a 3 helpful tips for you.
- Evaluate your sleeping posture. If you prefer to sleep on your back, you need a pillow with the support (neck roll) under your neck. The bulk of the pillow should not be under your head. If your preference is to sleep on your side, you need a thicker pillow to keep your head in line with your neck. If you are sleeping on a feather pillow that flattens out during the night or a thin foam pillow, that isn’t going to work. You will spend a lot of the night with your head tilted towards the bed pinching off the nerves that exit your spine. This can cause you to wake up with neck pain and numbness.
- I enjoy reading at night before I go to bed. It’s a nice little ritual that helps me wind down from my day and makes me tired. I find that if I spend too much time holding a book or Ipad and starring down, eventually my neck will feel tired and can start to hurt. Barnes and Noble have an awesome little triangle pillow that holds your book or device at a good angle so you don’t have to look down the whole time. I’m sure that they are available on Amazon for 1/3 the price.
- Evaluate why you have neck pain and headaches. This sounds weird, I know, but we have so many things on our plate these days that setting aside time to think solely about your neck just doesn’t happen. Ask yourself, “have you left a problem untreated for years only for your muscular imbalances to worsen?” “Do you spend endless hours on devices such as laptops, phone and tablets?” Look at your daily tasks and behaviors to pin point where your neck pain could be generating from.
It is important to ask yourself what shape you want your spine to be in 5 years from now. If your answer is, “better than it is right now!”, you need to change your habits and visit us at Straight Up Chiropractic and Massage in Tigard Oregon, we can help correct the damage that years of abusing your neck have caused.