A lot of people will realize that they are getting older when they find themselves hurting bright and early in the morning after doing absolutely nothing other than getting in a solid eight hours of sleep or so.

You know your body isn’t quite as resilient as it was in your early teens and 20s when you were getting hurt while you are asleep!

At the same time, the overwhelming majority of people waking up with stiff backs and stiff necks can completely eliminate this problem from their lives forever just by changing up the way that they laid down when they go to sleep.

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Most people with these kinds of issues are sleeping sort of “funny” to begin with, and if you make a couple of simple changes to your sleeping habits you’ll be able to say goodbye to these pains once and for all.

Understanding how the spine works in the first-place

Before we dive right into the sleep changes you want to make, it’s important that you understand how the spine is composed in the first place.

You’re basically looking at three sections – the lumbar, the thorax, and the cervical areas of your spine. Your cervical spine is at the top (basically your neck), and that’s where you’re going to want to focus on making changes.

You see, when you sleep, the weight of your head at rest can end up relaxing into a pretty awkward position that aggravates the cervical spine.

If these joints are aggravated they are going to become inflamed, and pretty soon you’re going to be inviting a number of muscle spasms to hit the area really hard – though it’s usually not hard enough to cause you to wake up from a dead slumber.

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Get rid of neck pain by changing the way you sleep

This means that the simplest way to alleviate these spasms and the inflammation that causes them is to readjust and realign your spine (your cervical spine) so that you don’t get locked into fees frustratingly awkward positions in the first place.

Folks that like to sleep on their stomach have to turn their head to the side (which almost always causes a stiff neck), but even side sleepers can deal with these issues at all. You want to keep your spine and your neck as neutral as possible, and that means sleeping on your back if at all possible.

A quality memory fall mattress and memory foam pillow will help you realign your spine while sleeping, but if that isn’t enough to get the job done you want to be sure that you stretch for about five minutes immediately after waking. That’ll work out all the kinks for sure!