How to Avoid a Stiff Neck in the Morning
October 10, 2013
Light trickles down from the fresh morning sun, through the blinds of your windows and onto your still-shut eyes. It’s a gentle reminder that you’ve been blessed with another day. You squint through the golden rays, and as you try to shift your head on your worn out pillow, you notice an unusual feeling.
Nope, it’s not the wonderful feeling of a morning’s greeting onto an eager citizen of the day. It’s more of like a punishment. It’s a stiff neck.
You know what it is. We’ve all had it before. You slowly come to terms with accepting it, but you can’t help but ask – why? Why now? You try to lift your head, and with a seemingly sarcastic yet inaudible tone, the pain receptors in your neck reply simultaneously “why not?”
Yeah, I know what it’s like. I’ve been there, I’ve had it. And we can all agree that it sucks to have a stiff neck as the first thing to greet you in the morning right after sunlight. But it’s not inevitable, though. That’s one of the better things in life.
Some things are worse than others, but not all of them are inevitable. What if I told you that you can avoid it? Well I’m sure that you’d be interested in that, huh? After all, prevention is always better than scrambling for a cure. So, let’s get on with it.
- Get yourself a decent pillow that you need and deserve
Neck alignment is the main factor that determines whether or not you will have a stiff neck in the morning after. Having your neck lain in a very awkward position for hours on end will only show that you’re asking for a stiff neck, and we all know that no one wants that. That’s why you should try out some senso memory pillows, which are usually the best in neck alignment and comfort. But even without such, you can make a way to ensure for yourself that your neck isn’t awkwardly too low or too high.
- Make sure that your mattress is what fits you
Yes, a pillow is important, but you have to remember that pillows and mattresses go together like love and marriage, and they’re inseparable too, just like your neck and your spinal cord. Having the perfect pillow alignment can only go so far if you’re sleeping on something that’s more comparable to a piece of plywood than an actual bed. Well, you can always give yourself what you deserve, like a quality foam mattress, but above all, just keep yourself comfortable.
- Sleep in the right temperature zone
This is usually overlooked. An open window, an electric fan or an air-conditioner set on “high” can do as much damage as sleeping on a rock with a rock pillow. That’s right, high temperature can cause your muscles in your neck to tense up. That’s why anything from having a blanket to keeping the right thermal zone should never be neglected. Every little bit counts.
- Do a little stretching before sleeping
You can have the best room temperature control and the best foam mattress and pillow that you want, but nothing can really beat a decent stretching before sleeping. No, you don’t have to a full yoga routine, you just have to do a few simple stretching exercises before sleeping.
The nights should be filled with comfort, but it doesn’t amount to much if you end it by waking up with a really bad sore neck. The nights should be yours in all respects – comfort, health, and happiness – and so should your mornings be. Sweet Dreams!