If You’re Dealing With Neck Pain, Try Sleeping on Your Back

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If you suffer from neck pain, sleeping soundly at night can be, well, a pain in the neck. As a person whose neck gets super finicky — all it takes is a quick swivel in the wrong direction, an overzealous yoga pose, or a stressful day — I often toss and turn trying to find a comfortable position. I’m also guilty of recruiting at least half a dozen pillows to prop up my head and arms and hips. And yet, the elusive holy grail of a perfect sleep position to avoid neck pain evades me!

The truth is, maintaining a healthy neck starts from the moment you open your eyes in the morning. According to the Mayo Clinic, certain daily habits promote a pain-free neck and spine, such as using good posture and avoiding stress, as well as not carrying heavy bags with a shoulder strap. When it’s time for bed, alignment of your neck and spine are key to keep neck pain at bay. Sleeping on your back with your thighs elevated on pillows flattens the spinal muscles and is your best bet for waking up without a crick in your neck. Harvard Health adds that incorporating a rounded pillow into your sleep routine can support the natural curve of the neck and lessens neck strain while you snooze. Here’s everything you need to know about getting a restful night’s sleep that’s easy on your neck.

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