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The Dreaded “Must’ve Slept Wrong” Debacle


The older we get, the more practice we have at sleeping.

If you think about it, we sleep about 6-8 hours (more or less) for every 24 hours of our lives, so we should be very good at it. Despite all the practice we get at sleeping, the more we tend to “sleep wrong” and wake up with tweaked necks or incredibly sore and stiff backs.

There are a few possible explanations, and I’ll stick with two of them:
1. You really are somehow “sleeping wrong”, whatever that means.
2. You’re getting older and you’re not exactly in the best shape. Your body has been through so much that even soft pillows and mattresses (shop at might not be soft enough to keep your body out of pain during your sleeping hours.

If the problem is #1, then you need to practice sleeping. Here are some tips to get you back on track.

  • When tired, lay down in your bed. Not on the couch.
  • Your bed is not a couch, so don’t spend hours every night in bed watching TV or on your phone. Those habits will cause pain, obviously.
  • Your pillow is meant to support your head and neck, and you should use your pillow to ensure your head and neck is supported enough to keep your neck in line with your back, not elevated and bent.
  • Don’t oversleep – once your body is fully rested you should get out of bed and start your day. If you wake up and have nothing to do, then do something active rather than lay in bed.
  • As a general consideration, a lot of pain people feel in the morning is actually the result of the day before. If you do enough damage or de-conditioning to your body every day that it can no longer bounce back from a simple overnight recharge, then you’re not going to feel great in the morning. When that’s your issue it doesn’t really matter what your pillow or mattress is like, the problem is your lifestyle. Which brings us to #2…

If your problem is #2, then join the club that most adults are members of. Ever since your younger years you have been on a steady decline as far as physical health goes. Sometimes you shrug it off as “getting old”, other times you assume it’s from all those clicking shoulders and achy knees and all those falls and bumps just adding up to make your body fragile and unreliable, so you decide to just sort of float on without pushing the limits. I can guarantee you that choosing to just write off your problems as “getting old” or just figuring that they are insurmountable is only going to make everything worse. I can also make a good bet that the younger you would be disappointed to hear that the older you is giving up on a happy and active lifestyle and just drifting towards disability.

Sleeping isn’t that difficult. You were born perfectly good at it. It only got difficult as you let yourself slip. That neck pain or back pain doesn’t have to slow you down because you can choose to do something about it. A great first step is to have a chiropractor talk to you and examine you and see where you are at as far as your spine’s physical health is concerned. Your spine is the thing that your head, your arms, and your hips and legs attach to. Your spine is the thing that surrounds and protects your spinal cord. The health of your spinal column is obviously very important if you want to make sure your body keeps functioning at a high level.

Lower back pain is often the gateway to hip, knee and leg problems. Neck pain or shoulder pain devolves into headaches and arm pain and numbness. You are unfortunately misguided if you think that just relying on dosing your liver up with pills day after day is going to do you any good in the long run. You’re also delusional if you think that anything other than a physical solution is going to solve your physical problems. Whether you decide to come in and see us at Park Bench isn’t as important to your health as is your choice to do something simple and effective for yourself, and that means in almost all circumstances that you need to step your game up by being more active, and quite often that means you are going to need some help making sure your body doesn’t malfunction and that pain doesn’t prevent you from doing what you need to do.

If you want to see what a course of chiropractic care can do for your body and your health, give us a call and set up an appointment. You can reach us at (301) 378-0334.