Did you wake up with pain in the neck and you thought your pillow was responsible? Wait a minute and read five more things that may be responsible for your neck pain.
You’re a Textaholic
Bad posture is one of the leading causes of neck pain. The more time you spend with your head pulled forward or down (the very position your neck takes when you’re glued to your phone), the more stress you put on the vertebrae of the lower neck.
Doing this also stresses the muscles of the upper back as they balance out the movement of your head. Try to keep your phone as close to eye level as possible to avoid this neck strain.
You’re Very Stressed
Stress is a pain in the neck. Muscle tension is one of your body’s default reactions to every day stressors. Sharpen your awareness of how stress is affecting you and take measures to relax.
You can reduce stress by exercising, taking up a yoga class, or practicing meditation. Inhale positivity and exhale stress.
You’re Still Smoking
If your neck is giving you problems, it could be yet another reason for you to quit smoking. Smoking accelerates degenerative disc disease.
Chemicals in cigarettes harden your arteries and decrease blood supply to bones and discs, which starves the bones of your neck for nutrients.
You Slept Awkwardly
To wake up without morning neck pain, you have to keep your neck as neutral as possible at night. Avoid sleep positions where your head bends excessively forward, backward, or to the side.
People who sleep on their stomach are particularly vulnerable to this kind of neck pain because their heads turn to the side by default. If you’re prone to neck pain, you can try starting your sleep on your back. This allows your pillow to support your head and neck.
Also try a memory foam pillow, which molds to your neck and helps maintain proper alignment with your spine.
You’re Going Hard At The Gym
Neck strain during weight lifting usually occurs toward the end of a set, when you’re determined to pound out a few more reps.
Forget the “no pain, no gain” mantra. You can easily damage the tissue around your neck ligaments and cause a muscle spasm. Stretching your shoulder blades before a workout can help ease the tension on your upper back, but the best advice is to listen to your body, and rest when you need to.