Neck And Back Pain Problems
A few months ago, I woke up with neck and upper back pain so intense that I could not turn my head from side to side. I took some ibuprofen, put a heating pad on my neck and hoped for the best. The pain persisted for three days and I made an appointment with a doctor who had good reviews on Yelp. She examined my neck, asked about any injuries I may have sustained in the last few days and recommended acupuncture. Three follow-up appointments and hundreds of dollars later, I was still not feeling any better.
Finally, I had a realization. One week prior, I took my beloved pillow to the dry cleaner and I was sleeping on a spare pillow from our guest room. It was a luxurious, thick feather pillow; too thick, as it turns out. “Your neck should be in the most neutral position possible when you are sleeping” says Dr. Tiffany Juergens, a chiropractor practicing in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Based on your sleeping position, your pillow should not hold your neck up too high or let it fall too low. It should be in alignment with the rest of your spine. As soon as I got my thinner pillow back, my neck pain went away immediately.
Neck And Back Pain Solutions
Having the right sleeping gear is one of the best investments you can make into a pain-free neck and back. Many people ask “what is the most comfortable mattress?” One of the biggest considerations you should make when purchasing a mattress is your sleeping position. A supportive mattress is a good investment in your back, but many shoppers mistakenly believe that a firm mattress is the most supportive mattress. Soft and medium mattresses can also be supportive. If you sleep on your back or your stomach, a medium-firm or firm mattress is an ideal sleeping surface since it allows your spine to stay aligned while you sleep. Side sleepers will find a soft to medium mattress most supportive, since it allows your hip and shoulder to sink into the mattress, keeping your spine aligned while you sleep.
If you and your partner both sleep in the same position, it will be easy to find a mattress that works for both of you. However, some couples have completely different needs; one needs a firm mattress and the other prefers a soft mattress. This couple should not meet in the middle and choose a medium mattress because it will be a less-than-ideal solution for both and each person could end up with back or neck pain. In this case, a dual-zone mattress would work best since each person can choose the sleep surface that addresses their sleeping position. An Amore Beds mattress is the ideal solution for this problem; two twin XL mattresses together create a king-sized bed. Since their mattresses are two-sided and offer a firmer and softer sleeping surface, each person can choose which side works for him or her.
Back and neck pain can be serious problems that stop you from living your best life. Before you consult your doctor or commit to an expensive treatment plan, stop and assess whether you are sleeping on the right surfaces. Choosing the right pillow and mattress can make all the difference.
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