neck pain

Sleeping Positions to Relieve Neck Pain!

Most neck pain are associated with poor posture combined with age-related wear and tear. To help prevent neck pain, keep your head centered over your spine. Some simple changes in your daily routine may help

It is helpful to understand and know what you can do to alleviate your neck pain during the night.

Some positions not only help you manage your condition but can actually improve it. While poor positioning will simply aggravate your pain and should be avoided.

Sleep in a good position with your head and neck be aligned with your body. Use a small pillow under your neck. Try sleeping on your back with your thighs elevated on pillows, which will flatten your spinal muscles.

Lets do a quick try to some Amazing Back pain Sleep positions

 Neck Pain Sleeping Positions

Abnormal neck posture can lead to a number of complications such as disc irritation, muscle strain, arthritis, and pinched nerves. Sleeping positions can affect as well as trigger neck pains. Abnormal posture of the neck over many hours can result in painful joints, and cause strain to the bones, muscles and ligaments.

The best approach to remedy neck pain is to correct posture, whether during sleep or when in an upright position. Since sleep should allow the neck and back to relax and relieve it from tension, it is beneficial to study the different positions and how to ensure correct positioning of the neck and spine. A correctly prescribe therapeutic pillow can offer great relief.

  • Supine Position

For people suffering from neck pain, this is the most ideal position since it works well with the normal curvature of the spine. In this position, the head and neck should be supported by a pillow, as well as under the lower back area. Contour pillows, a rolled towel under the cervical curve and supportive feather combination pillows are good choices. We have a range of pillows available for free trial for our patients having physiotherapy treatment. Remember pillows too high can aggravate many neck conditions and should be avoided.

  • Side Sleeping Position

This is another generally acceptable position but will require additional support if pain persists. A pillow can also be placed between the knees. With this support, there will be no need to provide lumbar pillows. Rising of one or both arms above or under the head is not advisable, as it puts undue tension on the neck and shoulders. This arm position may also irritate the nerves as they exit the spine and should also be avoided.

  • Prone Position

There are people who are used to and love sleeping on their stomach. If you have neck pain, it is really best to avoid this position as it strongly increases the risk of aggravating any pain from the neck. However, people who sleep in this position usually find it difficult to adjust their sleeping positions and we can give you advice on weaning from this aggravating position. Even if you do not currently have neck pain, this position is a recipe for future pain.



Correct posture at night and during the day are really important starting points for the relief of your neck and back pain. In combination with our manual therapy and correct exercise prescription your pain can be successfully managed by our caring physiotherapists.

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