Did you know that your sleeping position is likely to be the cause of your neck pain? Perhaps you suspected it and that’s what brought you here.
In this article, we are going to explore why side sleeping is both causing and maintaining your neck pains, and what you can do about it.
Here are 3 main issues to avoid, and tips on how to do so!
Issue 1: Pressure on the organs
Sleeping on your sides creates a gravitational pressure on your organs, especially the stomach and lungs. Because of this pressure and the restricted blood flow, the body does not function as it should, commonly giving you pains or numbness. If you’ve ever woken up with a dead arm, it’s because scientifically both your arm and yourself cannot be asleep at the same time, so the body transmits this numbness as pain to wake you up.
Issue 2: Using your arm for support
Commonly people lay on their side, cuddled with their knees raised, and with an arm under their pillow and head for support.
While this may seem like a good idea for neck support, it’s actually linked to muscle and nerve damage! When the blood cannot flow properly through the arm, pins and needles or ‘rubber arm’ may occur. If this is happening regularly, the arm pain can transfer into the shoulder and neck, which are all a very closely linked system.
Issue 3: A high pillow is straining your neck
What most people don’t realise is that the optimal healthy pillow height is just 6.5cm, however, some people have huge or multiple pillows measuring more than 20cm! This is creating so much strain on your neck that it’s both causing and maintaining your neck issues.
What can you do if you’re a side sleeper?
There are two investments you should seriously think about making. One is a supportive mattress, which may costs you hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. The other investment, which costs less than £40 (promotion dependent) is the Time2Sleep Ergonomic Memory Foam Pillow. The neck and back are meant to heal themselves during the night when you’re asleep, with the help of this pillow, they can.