Sleeping Position and Neck Pain

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Neck pain is a concern for many people. Neck pain is the number one cause of missed work and school days among children. If left untreated, neck pain can progress to more serious problems. It is important to treat neck pain with care, as it can lead to more serious issues if not properly treated.


The spine consists of five lumbar vertebrae. These are the longest vertebrae in the spine. Lumbar pain can be caused by a variety of things including arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, tennis elbow, tennis tendonitis, and sports injuries.


People suffering from neck pain will need to take into consideration their sleeping and resting positions during the day. Sleeping on your back is the most common cause of neck pain.


Some sleeping positions that put a lot of pressure on the neck are on your stomach and back. Sleeping on your stomach puts too much pressure on the spine, which can cause neck pain. In order to avoid such problems, try sleeping on your side instead.


A sleep position that is considered to be the "power sleeper" positions itself on one side and then lifts the other leg onto the back side of the sleeping person. One of the problems with the power sleeper position is that the sleeper often faces the wrong way to get the best rest possible. The back tends to stay tilted forward, resulting in chronic neck pain.


Another cause of neck pain is incorrect sleeping position. The head must be placed in a position that allows the natural curve of the spine to function properly. Sitting at a desk all day puts the spine in an unnatural position. Sleeping on one side instead of a back or stomach can result in excess stress on the spinal curves.


Sleeping on your back, with the spine curved back, can increase pressure on the back, but it can also put more pressure on the neck. This can lead to pain. Sleeping on your stomach puts more pressure on the shoulders and neck than sleeping on your side will.


The most common cause of neck pain, neck stiffness, is a result of muscle strain in the neck and upper back. Muscle strain can occur when sleeping on one side or sleeping on your stomach. A combination of both can cause neck pain.


Lying on your back can cause neck pain. However, if the pain is mild, it is likely due to the muscle strain and not to a dysfunction of the spine itself.


When sleeping on your stomach, try to keep your face in a neutral position so your jaw does not stay in a closed position. Also, when sleeping on your side, make sure that your head is turned toward your shoulder. Since the face tends to turn forward, the upper body is turned to the side too.


When sleeping on your back, make sure that your neck and upper back are positioned in a neutral position so your chin does not hang down and your neck is not pulled in a way that causes the stress on the lower back. When sleeping on your stomach, turn your back on your side so that the weight of your upper body and your chin is evenly distributed.


With these tips in mind, you should be able to determine your preferred sleeping position, especially if you have a neck problem. If you suffer from chronic neck pain, it is imperative that you find a solution to your sleeping problem. Without one, your condition can deteriorate over time.