neck pain

WHAT CAUSE NECK PAIN WHEN WAKING UP

Waking up with painful neck can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Sleeping position. When you sleep on your stomach, while you are sleeping your neck may be twisted to one side for hours at a time. This can strain your neck muscles, and make them feel sore and stiff in the morning.
  • Pillow. Your head and neck spend many hours every night on your pillow, which is why choosing the right pillow is key to a healthy pain-free neck. A pillow that doesn’t support your head and neck properly can create tension in your neck muscles, and cause neck pain.
  • Sudden movement. Sudden movements, like sitting up quickly can strain your neck muscles. Tossing and turning while you’re sleeping, or trying to sleep, can also create tension and stress in your neck.
  • Previous injury. Some kinds of injuries, like sports injuries, may not always hurt at first. The full physical effects may only be felt days later. If you were injured in a way that might have hurt your neck, you may go to bed feeling okay, but wake up the next morning with a very sore, stiff neck.
  •  Other common causes of neck pain include: poor posture during the day, working too long at a computer, or watching television for too long without changing positions, osteoarthritis in one of the upper spinal joints, nerve compression caused by a herniated disk or bone spur in your neck. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/
neck pain

CAUSES OF NECK PAIN

Neck is flexible and supports the weight of your head, so it can be vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain and restrict motion. Some causes of pain in neck include:

  • Muscle strains. Overuse, such as too many hours hunched over your computer or smartphone, often triggers muscle strains. Even minor things, such as reading in bed or gritting your teeth, can strain neck muscles.
  • Worn joints. Just like the other joints in your body, your neck joints tend to wear down with age. Osteoarthritis causes the cushions (cartilage) between your bones (vertebrae) to deteriorate. Your body then forms bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain.
  • Nerve compression. Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.
  • Injuries. Rear-end auto collisions often result in whiplash injury (Acute neck sprain), which occurs when the head is jerked backward and then forward, straining the soft tissues of the neck.
  • Diseases. Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer, can cause neck pain. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/