Thank you guys for landing on this page and in today’s article I will tell you 10 ways which will help you to get a better sleep with a stiff neck and further resources to get rid of sharp and annoying neck pain. Let’s start.
How To Get Rid Of Neck Pain From Sleeping Wrong
Sleeping is difficult when you have a pain. I understand that, but there are few things which you can do to be in a better position from now.
1. Say Good Bye To Pillows
I know how we love our pillows in the nights. But it is the very first thing to do in the right direction. Our body has a natural posture and that’s how it is aligned. Neck pain from pillow is common.
If anything comes in its way, that becomes a hurdle for the spine and the neck to breathe properly and most of the time, these small things repeatedly on daily basis creates issues with the neck and promotes stiff neck.
Instead what you can do is choose a small cushion or something soft enough which gives the neck the support it requires and at the same time do not hurt the natural posture.
I would say avoid using pillows if you can.
2. Use Ice Therapy
Ice therapy is very effective to eliminate any kind of pain or spasm in a particular area. What ice will do is, it helps in sucking out all the pain.
The best approach to get rid of the neck pain is to get one or two ice cubes and wrap those ice cubes in a towel or something even thinner like a small hankey.
And then start to rub or touch on the area where the pain is generating from.
One therapy hardly takes 8-10 minutes to end. Make sure to keep the ice on the area for a minimum of 1 minutes. Let the ice completely melt there. Do 2-3 times a day regularly.
3. Avoid Sleeping On Stomach
If you would ask how to sleep with neck pain?
Take it this way, when you are in deep sleep, you cannot change your position because it is not in your hands to do so.
Rather what you can do is, when you are about to sleep(without that favorite pillow), get in a natural position in a way you like.
What that will do it, first of all, it will eliminate any kind of unnecessary pressure from the neck in sleeping wrong.
Wrong in the way that, suppose if you had a deep sleep on stomach.
If you take a look at the neck, it can only go in two directions either it will turn to the left or to the right. Instead, the pain will get itself easily multiply due to a small thing called sleeping wrong.
Either way, it will create unnecessary pain in the neck when you wake up.
4. Do Necessary Stretches
Now this one is really important far from anything to get a better sleep with a stiff neck. It is a long-term approach.
Neck exercises and stretches help in supplying more blood to the area which is being stretched. And blood contains all the necessary nutrients which we intake in the whole day. And what we supply to the body is also very important.
If the blood doesn’t contain the nutrients which will boost the natural process of repairing then it will only delay the process. That’s what we don’t want which brings me to the next point which is,
5. Eliminating Food With No Nutrition!
Nutrition is very important for everybody, In the previous point when we are talking about blood carries all the nutrients. So, what we have to do is.
Focus on a balanced diet of proper macronutrients which is crucial and further do not forget about the micronutrients like vitamins and minerals and omegas.
Try to cover up these things from the natural diet or if you lack some of these things to cover the diet. You can always add supplements, that would be great!
6. Adding Cinnamon
We are talking about inflammation and stiffness, how can we forgot cinnamon.
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory agent which helps in clearing up any kind of inflammation from the body. It also has many other benefits which are priceless.
The neck is paining, it means there is inflammation there. All you have to do is to add one little pinch of cinnamon to the meals you eat in a day.
Cinnamon also has many other benefits which you can always check out here.
7. Eliminating Neck Jerk
What jerk means bro? It means that if you want to move your head in a particular direction, instead of looking immediately to that direction, look in a slow or what we say a natural head rotation or movement.
Because immediately moving to a direction in a neck pain can create immediate sharp pain, nerve pinch, you never know.
8. Avoid Gymming
I know how important are those gains in the gym as I also love gymming. But man, for some time it must be avoided to boost the natural recovery process to get rid of the pain.
I must suggest that if you recover completely, then also it would be the best decision to avoid doing heavyweights.
Go with medium weights and not at your maximum strength capacity. Neck pain is generally associated with overhead movements, especially by doing shoulder presses with dumbbells or barbells. It creates a spasm in that area.
It creates a lot of pressure on the neck and also on the spine.
It would be considered best if you warm up properly and do the stretches in the gym before workout effectively.
Some people will suggest you increase the physical activity of running as it is very healthy. Man What!
9. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a must in case of pain to any joint. It helps in increasing the mobility and make joints more flexible.
It will increase the strength of the neck muscles and make them more flexible.
Doing physical therapy for 3 days or 4 would not make any difference, it should be added to the daily routine.
Massage is really good for the neck muscles to go in relax mode.
But, be mindful of things, as you know that you have added ice therapy to your routine. Don’t do massage right after the ice therapy as it would not make any sense to do that.
The best way is to massage in the mornings and rest of the things later as it would make a great difference and would contribute to a really effective strategy.
11. Practice Good Posture
Good posture is very important. Some people walk looking down and other’s practice sitting on the desk for long hours focusing on their important office work.
Try avoiding looking down for longer periods of time as it will. Take breaks in between frequently. If you had this sharp pain from sleeping. This small thing can stop the pain to get multiplied.
Always walk with both the shoulders retracted and spine straight. Try practicing a good posture by looking yourself in the mirror from a side pose.
It will disclose any kind of posture corrections to be taken care of.
12 Use cell Phone less
Using cell phone is not a bad thing at all, but straining the eyes and looking at the screen all the time in the curved neck direction will definitely create an issue in the neck vertebrae.
The best approach is to first realize the next time when you are looking at your phone’s face in a wolfie way and then correct the angle of the neck to relieve the tension.
13. Practice Meditation To Avoid Stress
In today’s world, there is too much stress in the work and other stresses from family, relationship etc. I don’t want to go deep in this. To avoid stress, practice meditation with jam sessions. What does that mean?
These days there are too many apps on google play store about meditation. Try using an app for meditations in the mornings.
And jam sessions mean practice one focus at a time and complete the work and then move on to the other.
It will give you the satisfaction in completing the work more efficiently which will result in avoiding high-stress levels.
“Acupressure” and “increased water intake” and “yoga” can also be considered if needed.
God knows, from how long you were searching for how to get rid of neck pain. Drink water now to follow at least 1 way out of these 10 immediately:-)
How To Sleep With A Stiff Neck
We love to sleep, who doesn’t. We all are human beings, first I thought of writing sleeping beings because we love to sleep and we all spend 20-25 years sleeping. JOKES ASIDE… When we sleep, our body goes into relaxation mode and our hormones are released, muscle repairing process starts and other work starts at the back end for the proper functioning of our body.
What happens that sometimes we sleep with a pillow under the neck. It creates compression on the disk in the neck which creates stiffness.
Let me explain in detail i.e. our neck is a part of the spine and in the whole spine, there is a soft jelly type material in between each vertebra.
Now, when we put a pillow under the neck and head at the time of going to the bed. It creates a small pressure on the neck vertebras especially c3, c4, c5.
Simple Stiff Neck Treatment
Now this is the main thing, I know I had covered this point earlier and it is worth focusing again. When you are about to sleep, don’t make this mistake of sleeping on the stomach, if you have neck stiffness.
Sleeping in any case in these positions will not only create an issue with the disk present in the neck but also if you have an existing pain in your neck, it will increase the pain.
And the important part is if you do’not stretch your neck muscles, the pain will gradually increase and come up with an injury.
So, avoid sleeping on your stomach, rather what you can do is you have to develop a habit of sleeping with your natural posture in which your spine can breathe and stay straight.
I can’t stress that enough how important it is to stretch out the muscles present in the neck because it is that area where all the nerves contact each other and regulate proper functioning.
When to see the doctor?
Neck pain from sleeping wrong is an issue which is faced by many millions out there, it becomes an important thing to know when seeing the doctor to get rid of the neck pain.
If the pain is still there after a month or more, it is good to see a physical therapist. Why Physical Therapist?
Most people will tell you to take over the counter medicine or something like the painkiller. I don’t get the point of recommending that.
Medicine or painkiller is given in case of some fever or immunity issues.
This is neck pain, If you will go to the doctor, he or she has the proper degrees and certifications of medical background, it means they have studied about medicines.
They have not studied about joints pain or neck pain or something related to that.
They have studied the medicine i.e. which medicine is given in case of joint pain or any other pain.
And we all know that consuming medicines is just a temporary relief.
Doctors can only do two things, either they can give you painkillers which is a temporary relief for neck pain or they will do the medical operation.
We neither want these two things. If the matter is pretty serious, it is very difficult for you to even turn your neck around, hurting a lot doing that.
The Best Approach
Then you can consult a doctor for an x-ray and give that report to a physical therapist or a professional chiropractor.
These guys are trained to adjust the pain and joint mobility issues with their hands as these are the professionals who have studied in this field.
I hope you will be in better position to find the solution to your problem to assist with your stiff neck in a smarter way. If these ways help you, do let me know in the comments section below.
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