Find out what causes stiff neck in the evening, and what are the most effective ways to get rid of stiff neck!
If you experience pain moving your neck, you might be suffering from a stiff neck, a condition usually caused by muscle spasms. In this condition, the muscles involved are the ones that support the neck and the shoulders.
Most Common Causes Of Stiff Neck In the Evening
Neck stiffness in the evening (or night) is not only related to what occurs at night when a person is sleeping. It can be the body’s direct response to pressures and strains it experienced during the day.
So… there are two things you need to check:
- What happens during the day?
- What happens during the night?
During the day, could one of these be happening?
You are preoccupied with something that can affect you emotionally, physically, psychologically, mentally, etc?
Has the weather changed drastically in the past week? Check for drastic temperature changes.
Have you been taking medications, alcohol or other substances? Check those as well. Know the side effects of what you are taking.
Remember, pain is not bad at all, especially if you know that the body is just using it as a signal to let you know you need to do something for your good.
Skip work for a day if necessary. Or, just open the windows instead of using air from the air conditioner.
Go natural because that’s what the body likes – and avoid any kind of tension for the time being.
Emotional and psychological strains can put stress on the brain and the body knows when to send the signal. When it sends the signal, it can use any part of the body just to make someone stop putting more load – and the signal is pain.
Make sure you are not overworked or too excited about something. And the crazy thing is: all these natural recuperative responses happen in the evening.
During the night, could one of these be happening?
For night time causes, you probably just have to check and correct your sleeping position. For example, don’t sleep with your head turned to the left or to the right.
The right position is “face forward”. That’s hardly possible if you lie on your stomach while sleeping. You have three choices. Sleep on left, sleep on your right or sleep with your back lying flat on a flat bed.
Use the right pillow. If you feel comfortable using a pillow under your head, use it somewhere else. Better place your feet on it rather than it causing you neck strain.
Exercises To Eliminate Stiff Neck In The Evening
When you experience stiff neck in the evening, what it actually tells you is to do some immediate remedies – rather than go at once to the doctor. Here are relaxation and self-massage exercises you can do daily to avoid stiff neck.
Video: An exercise for a stiff neck
Video: How to relieve muscle tension on the sides of the neck
Other exercises to eliminate stiff neck in the evening:
- Roll your shoulders. (Do this 10 x)
- Ten times of squeezing your shoulder blades as well
- Stretch your head backwards (also ten times) while reclining on the seat of your car
- Let your ear and shoulder meet ten times
You do any of these and you let more blood flow into the stiffed area. Oxygen supply is very important for tensed muscles of our body.
Learn more: 10 Relaxing Exercises For Neck And Shoulders
Want to see more exercises that relieve stiff neck in the evening?! Here are some exercises that masseurs themselves use to relieve their own muscle tension.
Apart from these exercises, you can include the following
Change the surrounding temperature of the affected area. Cold or hot compress can do wonders. The change in temperature can make the body alter its pain signals and cause it to release less of the pain chemicals.
Use pain relief medicine. It can also help the body decrease its pain-causing activity.
Move your body as much as possible, but don’t cause strain too much on the areas around your neck.
It’s time to look for a firm mattress, because this type of mattress will cause parts of your body to be stretched while you sleep. Soft mattresses just take the body’s shape while the person moves. You need something under your body to keep it moving.
Breathe fresh air – at night and during the day. It is probably that you lack sufficient supply of oxygen.
Lastly, be always happy and make good decisions in life that will make you happy. It’s the best way to control the brain from sending the bad chemicals into our system.