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Health Tip: Easing Neck Pain at Night

Change pillows

(HealthDay News) -- If you wake up most days with pain below your chin, there are a few things you can try to alleviate this pain in the neck.

The Harvard Medical School suggests:

  • Sleep either on your back or your side. These positions place the least strain on your neck.
  • Back sleepers should opt for a pillow that supports the neck's curve, with a flatter section that supports the head.
  • Consider a feather pillow that will mold itself around the neck.
  • Use a pillow made with memory foam, which will shape itself around the head and neck.
  • Do not use a pillow that is very tall or firm.
  • Use a horseshoe-shaped pillow to support your neck while riding in a plane or car, or while watching television.
  • Side sleepers should opt for a pillow that is taller under the neck area than under your head, so your spine stays straight.
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