Relieving neck and shoulder pain

Are you waking up to a stiff neck and aching shoulders? Find relief. 

If you’re waking up to a stiff neck and tight, aching shoulders, there’s a good chance you’re either not sleeping on the right pillow or you’re sleeping too near or too far from the head of your bed. A pillow that doesn’t provide the right amount of support creates extra stress in the muscles in your neck, ultimately resulting in pain. 

Read these tips to understand what you can do to avoid waking up with neck and shoulder pain.

1. Check your pillow placement

For full head and neck support, we recommend that the bottom of your pillow touch your shoulders.

Make sure the top of your pillow is at least 1-2 inches from the head of your bed. At any Sleep Number® setting, the edges of the bed will be slightly firmer than the middle of your side of the bed. This difference in softness may be more pronounced with lower Sleep Number® settings, making it easier for your head and neck to not be in alignment.

2. Be mindful of your posture

If you spend a large part of your day at a desk or in front of a computer screen, you're more likely to suffer from posture related discomfort that could be affecting your sleep. Maintaining good posture throughout the day and taking regular breaks to stretch can help reduce tension so you sleep better. 

3. Find the best pillow for you

Your pillow should be a carefully considered purchase, just like your mattress.

If you can, we recommend visiting a Sleep Number® store. Our Sleep Professionals can help you find a pillow that’s the right firmness, fill and fit for you. You can test a variety of pillows while lying on a Sleep Number® mattress.

Can't visit a store? Take our online PillowFit­® Quiz for pillow recommendations based on how you sleep, the type of fill you prefer and more.


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