Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to living your best possible life for a myriad of reasons, but sometimes even when we do our best, we wake up with a crick in our neck or a charlie horse. It’s a huge pain in the neck, literally. Here are some things that you can try to help cut down on the amount of pain you are in.
If you are trying to reduce the amount of pain that you are in when you wake up, you need to think hard about what you are sleeping on. If your mattress and pillows are old, they are probably doing you more harm than good. One of the main issues that many people have trouble is because they haven’t replaced their bedding within the recommended time frame.
Mattresses should be replaced every 6 to 10 years in order to give you the maximum support possible. Pillows should be replaced every year if they are made of feathers or cotton stuffing, and every three years if they are made of memory foam to make sure they are as helpful as they can be. If you are a camper or travel for business, you can even travel with your pillows to make it easier to sleep while you travel. This is especially important if you go camping and are sleeping on unusual surfaces.
Another thing that can help you to deal with aches and pains is to use some sort of CBD product to help you. CBD has been studied and found to reduce inflammation and improve sleep for a lot of people, and you could be one of them. Make sure you talk to your doctor first to make sure it is safe for you to take, though. It can interact badly with some medications or add to a strained liver
You might also find that stretching before you go to bed would help you to prevent getting sore at night. It’s a great way to use up some of your nervous energy and stretch your muscles enough to help you feel better but not fight with your racing heart and adrenaline when you are trying to get to sleep.
In the morning when you wake up, you can do a similar workout to help you to work out any kinks or muscle soreness, It can also help your mind to wake up and be more prepared for your day. You can do a little bit more of an extensive workout because it’s so early in the day, but you don’t want to overdo it and make yourself tired again before you go to work.
If you find that you are having consistent trouble and your lifestyle changes aren’t helping you as much as you would like, talk to your doctor. They will be able to work with you to figure out if there is another issue troubling your sleep and causing or exacerbating the pain issues you have.
Mary Lee is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com. She specializes in sleep’s role in mental and physical health and wellness. Mary lives in Olympia, Washington and shares her full-sized bed with a very noisy cat.