Stop waking up with pain

Are you a morning person who jumps out of bed and goes for a run? Or do you prefer to sleep in and spend the first hours of the day in bed? We all have our own morning rituals. If yours includes dealing with annoying neck and back pains, try some of these tips:

1. Adjust your sleeping position
One reason why you might be starting each morning with a painful yelp instead of a gentle yawn is the position you sleep in. If you tend to sleep on your stomach, you're not keeping your spine in the right alignment. Instead, try sleeping on your back or side and place a pillow between or under your knees to help straighten your spine throughout the night.

2. Reevaluate your bed
The problem could also lie in where you lie (so to speak). It could be the pillows you're using or your mattress. Make sure these are giving you the support you need to stay aligned while you get some shuteye. However, be wary of products that are too firm. They can have a similar effect as flimsy mattresses and pillows. Test out different ones and see what feels right to you.

3. Relax more before bed
Stress contributes a lot to how we function. If you're feeling especially strung out, that can translate to nightmares, poorer quality sleep and, therefore, tension around your spine and neck.  Create a bedtime routine that allows you to get some much needed relaxation so you can leave stress behind before you enter dreamland.

If you're experiencing back pain every morning, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.