Getting up in the early morning with a pain in the neck is a terrible feeling. Not only does a kink in the neck make it difficult to move, sending stabbing discomforts down the arms or back, it’s often the reason for headaches, ranging from dull to migraine level. Morning neck discomfort can last all day, and can even be the reason for back aches, sciatica, arm & leg numbness, and usually leaves people feeling irritable & tired.
What Causes Nightly Neck Pain?
The reason for this is an easy. The neck is made of up muscles, tendons, cartilage & just seven tiny bones. What’s more, those 7 bones are all a part of one single column of bones—the cervical portion of the spine. As small as these bones are, not even linked directly to each other, but resting on a bed of fluid, they’re responsible for protecting one of the most vital parts of our anatomy – the central nervous system, as well as supporting the head & allowing us free movement of the head & neck.
Inside the cervical column, nerves run up & down from brain to all parts of the body. While any part of the spine can be compressed or pinched, causing various degrees of discomfort or numbness, the neck is the most vulnerable, especially during the night when we are asleep. Keeping the neck in line with our heads & back is one of the best ways to prevent injury, stiffness & pain in the morning, and the very best way to keep our neck straight is to have the best support system – a great, solid neck pain assistance pillow.