Neck discomfort is keeping me from sleeping.
I realize that progress can be slow and that reshaping the neck takes time, but none of the strengthening/lengthening/shoulder-rolling/stretch-sitting seems to be helping since I'm barely sleeping. It's like everything is being broken but nothing is being put back together. I work at a desk job, so there's no avoiding it.
Every night I have to fight for hours to find a position that my neck can tolerate. Here's the catch-22's:
- If my neck is "straight" on the pillow, my shoulders/traps are too taught and start to sting.
- If my neck is more 'relaxed', my head starts to "grab the pillow" and roll backward till I can't breath.
- If I try rolling my shoulders back in advance, either my upper or lower back seems to get misaligned/compressed, and then THAT keeps me from sleeping.
- If I switch to my side, my head always seems to be set wrong: too low, too high, too twisted left or right. My shoulders? Forget it.
Usually when I wake up I'm on my side and my neck is hunched forward in some ridiculous way. I often don't fall back asleep because the second I move I've messed it up.
It's been hell.
- Would it be safe/comfortable/recommended to wear a neck brace to bed? Is there a "style" of neck brace that you recommend? Amazon seems to be swamped with neck braces and they all seem to be fundamentally different. If a style is good for sitting upright, is it still safe to sleep with it?
- If I'm breathing through my mouth, is it pretty much impossible to do the recommended techniques? Whenever I open my mouth on a pillow, it seems to either sway my neck OR dig into my throat. If I strongly lengthen my neck & expand my chest I can avoid this, but then I can't hold that position very long.
- What parts of the neck need to "re-shape". Is it just the muscles, or do the bones and ligaments need to literally re-shape themselves? How long does this take?