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Best Sleeping Positions To Fight Morning Joint Pain And Muscle Stiffness

Do you experience mild to moderate joint pain and muscle stiffness right after waking up in the morning?

Does the pain debilitate and resist you from sitting up straight or waking up from your bed and walking around?

If it’s not chronic body ache, then it is definitely an alarming sign of either an awkward angle or a sudden neck movement while sleeping.

We generally put a lot of tension on our ligaments, muscles, tissue, and joints during our day-to-day activities and sleeping helps everything to recover and reset. But while sleeping, if you don’t pay attention to your sleeping position, it can make you suffer from strain and stress on your body. To be specific, neck, shoulder, and back are the key areas where you may feel morning pain and stiffness. It’s not only the right pair of mattresses and pillows, but your sleeping position too, that plays a vital role here.

So, here’s how we recommend to you some best sleeping positions along with the useful techniques below in this article.

1. Sleeping on your back 

As most people do, sleeping on your back isn’t a bad idea, but only if you place a pillow under your knees. Placing a pillow under your knees while sleeping on your back helps in maintaining the perfect curve of your lower back. If not a pillow, a rolled towel under your knees and a pillow under your head to support your neck will work fine. Also, make sure that a pillow is placed in such a way that it helps reduce strain on your neck. It should neither be too high nor too low. The lesser you put stress on your neck and shoulders, the lesser pain you will wake up with in the morning!

2. Sleeping on your stomach 

Although after a long tiring day, sleeping on your stomach may seem quite relaxing, it is also believed that this sleeping position invites unwanted pressure on your neck, spine, and lower back. To make it better, you can place a comfortable pillow under your pelvis or lower abdomen that can help reduce strain on your back. Make sure that your pillow is flat, as it will maintain the head and neck posture. You may also place one more pillow under your head to support your neck and shoulder. Besides sleeping positions, gently stretching with warm-up and cool-down exercises may also make your morning ‘good’ enough to start your day!

3. Sleeping on your side 

Sleeping on your side is comforting, but how about making it more comfortable? Simply lift your leg a bit to your chest and place a pillow between your legs. This will help you take the strain off your back. There’s one more technique that includes resting on your side keeping your knees bent slightly and keeping your hips straight. This will prevent lumbar rotation and help you maintain your back’s naturally curved position. This is as good as imagining yourself sleeping like a baby with utmost comfort and having a painless night as well as morning.

Maintaining a good sleeping position is a preventive measure when it comes to managing painful joints. But in case you end up feeling mild to moderate pain in the body after you wake up, you may choose one of the best pain relief techniques – which is an Ayurvedic oil massage.

Our tissues are mostly embedded with impurities, and Ayurvedic oils like Zandu Ortho Vedic oil improves blood circulation in the body and help get rid of those impurities along with eliminating pain. Its five time-tested oils known for joint pain relief like Mahanarayana Taila, Mahamasha Taila, Til Taila, Gandhpura Taila, and Vishgrabha Taila and100+ Ayurvedic ingredients help improve blood flow, reduce toxins, lessen joint and muscle stiffness and provide relief from pain.

In most cases of neck, shoulder, and back pain, Zandu Orthovedic Oil’s unique formulations show visible results in 7 days. In addition to a regular light massage with Zandu Ortho Vedic Oil, a correct diet, light physiotherapy, or forms of exercise like yoga or stretching exercises will go a long way in relieving pain. In case of chronic pain or the pain not subsiding, we recommend you consult a doctor.