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Waking up with a sore neck is not a fun way to start the day and it can result in even the smallest movements being excruciatingly painful. It is a good idea to take into consideration the type of pillow you are using as well as the position you are in when you fall asleep. These two factors play a big role in your quality of sleep and whether or not you will wake up with a sore neck. There are a range of pillows that have been specifically designed for all types of sleeping positions. One of their highly sought after pillows is the Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper that is perfect for back and stomach sleepers.

What are some of the contributing factors to a sore neck?

There are a variety of reasons as to why you might wake up with a sore neck in the morning. One factor that can be easily fixed and will greatly help reduce neck pain is the position you sleep in. Each sleeping position comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, with some places strain and stress on your body while others help to ease that strain. Everyone favours sleeping in a specific position, while it may be difficult to change this, it may be necessary if you want to relieve your neck pain.

Side Sleepers:

If you are one of those sleepers who enjoy sleeping on their side then I have some good news for you. Sleeping on your side is becoming the go to position for a good night of sleep, not only does it take pressure off your neck and shoulders but with the correct pillow it can also keep your spine aligned. Sleeping on your side helps ensure a comfortable night of sleep and can also help reduce snoring and alleviate lower back pain.

Back Sleepers:

Originally thought to be the most beneficial position to sleep in this position can offer some disadvantages that can contribute to neck pain. When sleeping on your back it is important to limit the twists in your neck. Sleeping on your back can also increase the chances of snoring but it can lower back pain. It is recommended that when sleeping on your back you add a pillow under your lower back to support and improve alignment. This will ensure a comfortable night of sleep.

Stomach Sleepers:

Sleeping on your stomach is now considered to be one of the worst positions to sleep as it puts a lot of pressure on your neck and shoulders. It is one of the sleeping positions that can often result in a stiff and sore neck the next morning. However if this position is the most comfortable for you it is recommended that you use a cervical pillow positioned under your hips to help keep your spine aligned and a thin pillow under your head to reduce the angle your neck is positioned in. Sleeping on your stomach can also help reduce snoring and sleep apnea however the chances of waking up with a stiff and sore neck are high. If you are struggling with neck pain, it is advisable to avoid this sleeping position.

How do pillows reduce neck pain?

While different sleeping positions play a role in the quality of sleep you will get, it is also important to look at the type of pillow you use and understand how a pillow is able to reduce neck pain. This will help ensure that you make an informed decision when buying the perfect pillow for yourself.

The following factors will help reduce neck pain:

  • Fill: Memory foam pillows have become a popular choice as they offer optimal support, cradling and supporting your neck and back throughout the night and ensuring a good night’s sleep. Feather pillows are also a popular and good choice as these pillows offer both support and comfort but some can find these pillows too soft.
  • Size: Pillows can come in different sizes and different shapes. Each shape and size comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Most people use a standard size pillow which can offer sufficient support however to help properly reduce neck pain it is important to look at different shaped pillows such as cervical pillows that specifically help with back and neck pain by providing specialised support for your head, neck and spine.
  • Material: Often used in memory foam pillows visco-elastic foam is the ideal material for a comfortable pillow. A visco-elastic foam pillow is pressure sensitive and will quickly mold to the shape of your body and help achieve neutral spine alignment quicker.

3 Pillows That Will Help With Neck Pain:

Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow:

 If you are struggling with neck pain it could be your pillow that is causing your neck pain and it might be time to change it

This hypoallergenic bed pillow is perfect for those looking for a comfortable night of sleep. Offering the maximum support to your neck and shoulders this pillow is perfect for all types of sleepers. While it is made from memory foam, it is a breathable pillow that will help to control the temperature while you sleep, preventing you from overheating. Dust-mite resistant this pillow will help with the majority of the sleeping problems you may face while sleeping by correctly aligning your head and neck.

If you are struggling with neck pain it could be your pillow that is causing your neck pain and it might be time to change it

It may not look very comfortable but this pillow will offer you the right kind of support, leaving you to wake up pain-free, ready to face the day. This pillow does not have to be used for sleeping purposes only but can also be used for when you are traveling and don’t have the proper neck support. If you travel frequently it is a good idea to invest in this pillow to ensure that wherever you go, your neck is supported and your body aligned correctly. Made from quality memory foam you can rest assured that this pillow will keep your neck and shoulders aligned while you sleep.  

If you are struggling with neck pain it could be your pillow that is causing your neck pain and it might be time to change it

This durable and comfortable pillow is the ideal pillow for reducing neck pain. It is a medium firm pillow that offers support to the neck for both side and back sleeperings. It can also help to reduce snoring by ensuring you breathe easier. This is one of the best quality memory foam pillows out there that ensures a comfortable night of sleep so that you wake up refreshed.

When looking for a good night’s sleep it is always important to look at the position you sleep in as well as the type of pillow you use. The Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper is a great choice when it comes to a pillow for stomach sleepers and should be one you consider. It is also important though to seek medical advice if your neck pain is severe and doesn’t improve after a few nights.