Better Sleep When You Have Neck Pain

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Pain in the Neck

There’s a reason people call unpleasant things a pain in the neck; neck pain is highly unpleasant. For most people, neck pain is a short-term irritation caused by sleeping in the wrong position, but sometimes it persists over a period of time. More long-lasting cases should be brought to your doctor’s attention so they can help you figure out what’s causing the pain and how to solve it. During sleep, neck pain and bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth, may go together. To help prevent your tooth enamel from wearing down in this situation, count on our sleep mouth guard, the CustMbite Nightguard, to provide protection to your teeth. To learn more about neck pain and teeth grinding, continue reading.

Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain can be caused by something as serious as a tumor or as simple as sleeping poorly for one night. Arthritis and certain infections can also lead to neck pain. Sometimes when people get an injury due to sports or are in a car accident, they can have neck pain called whiplash. Sometimes, neck pain can be attributed to pinched nerves. These causes of neck pain can generally be treated by a doctor or occupational therapist.

While neck pain can lead to grinding your teeth during sleep, grinding your teeth can also lead to neck pain because of the muscles used. Poor posture can lead to neck pain as well. If you continually look up, down, or to one side or the other during your job, you may need to adjust your body to align your neck with your spine and hips to avoid this kind of pain. Repetitive motion can cause neck pain, as can carrying a heavy shoulder bag or purse.

These causes of neck pain can be treated easily with some ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen. Alleviating the cause can ensure that the pain goes away in a few days, or in the worst cases, in a couple of weeks. For the first couple of days, use an ice pack on your neck to help reduce swelling. If there is still pain after that, you can use a heating pad to help your neck heal. There are also neck exercises you can do right at your computer, like rolling your neck from the front to the side, the back, the other side, and back to the front.

Preventing Neck Pain and Teeth Clenching and Grinding During Sleep

The number one thing you can do to prevent neck pain is to maintain good posture. This means aligning your shoulders with your hips, keeping your back straight (not slouching), and holding your head up. In addition, you should make sure your computer monitor is at eye level and refrain from carrying heavy shoulder bags with straps.

At night, you can prevent neck pain by sleeping in a position that keeps your body in alignment. The best sleeping position to prevent grinding your teeth during sleep and to prevent neck pain is flat on your back. You can also put a pillow under your knees and a rolled up towel beneath the small of your back if you need additional support. Make certain that your neck is in comfortable alignment with your spine before drifting off, because even sleeping on your back can cause problems if your neck is not supported properly.

It's also possible to sleep on your side if you want to avoid neck pain. You may need more extra pillows for support. For one, you will want to put a pillow between your knees whether you sleep on your left or right side. You may also want a pillow to support the small of your back. Your pillow should support your neck without lifting it too high. Your arm should not be underneath your head. You can also sleep in a fetal position and keep your neck supported. This can help if you also have back pain.

As long as your neck is properly aligned and supported, you can sleep on your stomach, too. You may be surprised by this, but if you do it the right way, even this sleep position can support your neck, preventing neck pain and helping avoid teeth grinding and clenching. Using a mouth guard for bruxism can help you to avoid jaw and teeth pain if you continue to clench or grind your teeth during the night.

Where to Get a CustMbite Nightguard

Our nightguard for teeth grinding, the CustMbite Nightguard, was developed with dental professionals with your comfort and sleep needs in mind. Our patented VistaMaxx material makes the night guard thin yet strong enough to cushion your teeth from grinding or clenching together, protecting the enamel all night. Because it’s so comfortable, you can wear it all night without even noticing it’s there. Order your own CustMbite Nightguard today to see the difference it can make.

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