The average person spends about a third of his or her life sleeping. Sleeping in the rights position helps eliminate a number of pains, especially those arising in the neck and back. Waking up in the morning with a stiff neck is a common problem. The pain arises due to abnormal sleeping postures.
Most people tend to fall asleep in a particular position but realign their body during the night.
Sleeping on the back is by far the best position. In this prone state, the individual can support the head, neck and lower back area. To prevent the risk of neck pain, a cervical traction neck pillow will hold the head and neck so that there is least stress on the cervical spine.
Use the right pillow and be sure that the pillow elevates the head about three inches higher than the body. A good pillow should cradle the head and keep the neck supported through the night.
The mattress is as important as a pillow to ensure the right posture while asleep. A firm mattress gives the most support. Ideally the mattress and the pillow should combine to keep the spine and neck in line to prevent muscle strain and a stiff neck.
Neck and back stretches first thing in the morning and as a regular feature helps prevent and eliminated pain in the neck and back.
Avoid sleeping on the stomach as this posture elevates the head improperly and can force the head to turn too far on one side, causing a strain on the neck.
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