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What Causes Neck Pain at Night?

The most common cause of neck pain while you sleep is that you are probably sleeping in an awkward position. This will vary from one person to the next so there is no one position that can be considered awkward. Sleeping on your stomach, however, is generally not ideal because your head is placed at an odd position and will result in cramps in your neck.  

There are various positions you can sleep in each one with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Side Sleepers

While sleeping on your back has long been thought to be the ideal sleeping position, research is showing that side sleeping can have just as many benefits. When done correctly with the proper body alignment, sleeping on your side can reduce both joint and low back pain, as well as chronic pain associated with long-term conditions. Not only will side sleeping reduce your chances of neck pain but it will also reduce snoring while you sleep. One of the major drawbacks if you are a side sleeper, is that your body may prefer a bit of variety throughout the night to prevent pain in the areas of your body that you are not sleeping on.

Back Sleepers

When sleeping on your back, it is

important to try to keep your spine straight, limiting twists in your neck.The benefits of sleeping on your back are that;

  • acid reflux is prevented,
  • it is easier to keep your spine aligned,
  • prevents neck pain and also helps prevent wrinkles.

However being a back sleeper comes with some disadvantages,including lower back pain, worsened snoring and sleep apnea.

Stomach Sleepers

Sleeping on your stomach can more often than not result in neck pain. This is not an ideal sleeping position and should be avoided as far as possible. When you sleep on your stomach it places strain and stress on your neck, pushing it out of alignment and resulting in a stiff neck. Sleeping on your stomach does however offer one benefit which is that it prevents snoring.

Reduce Neck Pain Easily

Everyone sleeps differently, so after trying different positions to help alleviate neck pain it is also important to look at the type of pillow you are using.

Material: You should be looking for a pillow material that is going to make it easy for you to find a comfortable sleeping position for your head and neck. The most common material is memory foam but there are other options you can consider.

Firmness: If you like to have your head well up off of the mattress, that may mean choosing a firm option like a memory foam pillow or, if you prefer to lay mostly flat, you might like a softer choice.

Alignment: Side sleepers should consider adding a knee pillow that is made from a durable cut memory foam as it will help with aligning your spine and ensure a comfortable night of sleep. Back sleepers should opt for a back wedge made from high-density memory foam and stomach sleepers should look for a lumbar pillow or v-shaped pillows.

Perfect pillows to alleviate neck pain

Comfi Life Knee Pillow – Ideal for Side Sleepers

If you are struggling with neck pain, sleeping on a v-shaped pillow could help to alleviate this pain.

Providing maximum support this well-designed knee pillow is the perfect pillow for a good night’s rest. This pillow not only helps with back pain but it also supports your neck and shoulders as well. Made with 100% premium quality durable cut memory foam this pillow is designed to keep your legs, hip and spine in ideal alignment.

Xtra-comfort Bed Wedge Pillow – Ideal for Side Sleepers

If you are struggling with neck pain, sleeping on a v-shaped pillow could help to alleviate this pain.

Perfect for those who sleep on their back this wedge pillow is made from high-density memory foam.  The bed wedge is soft, yet supportive, contouring to the body to provide optimal support. Easily removable, the zippered cover is made with a soft, breathable polyester material. A convenient carry handle makes traveling with the compact, folding bed wedge easy.

DMI Body Pillow – Ideal for Stomach Sleepers

If you are struggling with neck pain, sleeping on a v-shaped pillow could help to alleviate this pain.

While there are only a few good pillows out there that help with sleeping on your stomach, this body pillow is the perfect one. Not only is it the perfect body pillow but also one of the few high-quality v-shaped pillows you will find. Made from cotton this orthopedic neck pillow is ideal for comfort and posture. It supports the head, neck, and shoulders reducing strain and pressure on the neck.

Elite Rest Contour Pillow – Ideal for All Sleepers

 If you are struggling with neck pain, sleeping on a v-shaped pillow could help to alleviate this pain.

If you are looking for a pillow that will work for back, side and stomach sleepers, then you want to check out this pillow. Made from quality memory foam that will conform to the contours of your body, this pillow will mold around your head and neck, providing you the support you need regardless of how you sleep.

You probably already know what kind of sleeping position is comfortable for you at night. You know your body better than anyone, so trust your instinct when trying to settle into a comfortable sleep position each night. Keep your personal needs and preferences in mind when looking for V-shaped pillows. If you move around during the night, then a pillow like the Elite Rests Shredded Memory Foam Pillow is a great option.