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Waking up with a sore or stiff neck is painful and can negatively impact the quality of your life. When you start your day in pain it will set a negative tone for the entire day. Driving to work will be painful, sitting at your desk will be painful, turning your head will be painful and by the end of the day you will be exhausted, and in pain. While laying your head on the Elite Rest Contour pillow can help to alleviate this pain, the ultimate goal is to reduce the neck pain completely.

We have compiled a guide to help you ease your neck pain so that you can get back to living your best life.

Are You Making One of These Mistakes?

There could be so many reasons for your neck pain. Some of them, like arthritis, aging, or an injury are out of your control but there are a few triggers that you can control to ease your painful neck over a period of time.

Your Pillow: Everyone has that one pillow that they love and can’t sleep without. But if that pillow is not providing you with the right amount of support, then it will be causing pain. You might not even realize that it is your pillow causing you so much pain. Make sure that your pillow is the right firmness and correctly aligns your spine and neck.

The Position to Sleep In: The position you sleep in can play a role in your neck pain. Changing your sleeping position is difficult but if you are a stomach sleeper it might be a good idea to try to change how you sleep. Sleeping on your stomach can place unnatural pressure on your neck resulting in neck pain when you wake up. If possible try to rather sleep on your left side.

Your Sleep Routine: Many people take for granted the value of a good sleep routine. A sleep routine includes going to bed at the same time every night, exercising regularly, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, especially around bedtime and limiting or cutting screen time before you fall asleep.

What Causes Neck Pain?

Sleeping: The position you sleep in can be the reason you wake up with an aching neck. Sleep is supposed to be when your body recharges and heals but if you are not sleeping comfortably this does not happen. When you sleep on the wrong pillow or fall asleep on the couch, you will place strain on your neck, resulting in pain when you wake up.

Playing with your kids: Lifting your kids or running around with them can place strain on your neck. Avoid bending at your hips to pick up your kids as this can often cause neck or back pain. Instead, bend your knees, squat down, and pick up your child.

Incorrect posture at work: Sitting at a desk for extended hours often means you are hunching over your desk instead of sitting upright in the correct posture and this results in strain on your neck and by the end of the day your neck will be aching.

Carrying a Heavy Shoulder Bag: The bag you carry to work is probably stuffed full of all the things you need for the day making it heavy to carry. When you carry a bag on one shoulder it places pressure and strain on your neck, resulting in pain.

The Best Neck Pillows for Neck Pain

Adding any one of these pillows will revolutionize how you sleep.

Beckham Luxury Pillow:

Sleeping should be a restorative time, not something that causes pain. But for many neck pain from sleep is a reality, find out how you can change this.

​This pillow gives you the best of both worlds, support and luxury. When you sleep on this pillow, you will float away to a magical place where sleep and comfort are commonplace. The no-shift construction of the pillow means that once you have found the right position, you will stay in it all night long. This pillow comes with a removable, breathable cover that will keep you cool all through the night and it can be easily machine washed.

Sleeping should be a restorative time, not something that causes pain. But for many neck pain from sleep is a reality, find out how you can change this.

​If you are looking for a pillow that takes support seriously then this is the pillow for you. The adjustable loft means you can customize and personalize the support you are receiving and the memory foam means that your head and neck will be supported at all times. In addition to that this pillow comes with the promise that it will never go hard and will maintain its shape. The removable bamboo cover of this pillow will keep you cool while you sleep.

Elite Rest Slim Sleeper:

 Sleeping should be a restorative time, not something that causes pain. But for many neck pain from sleep is a reality, find out how you can change this.

Of all the sleeping positions, stomach sleepers are the most at risk for neck pain and so they need to make sure that they sleep on the right pillow. The right pillow for a stomach sleeper is a super-thin pillow that does not push their neck muscles out of alignment but rather supports it.

Changing the pillow you sleep on may seem like a small change to make but add the Elite Rest Contour pillow to your bed and you will feel the difference immediately. If changing your pillow does not make a difference and your neck pain persists, seek medical advice.