Can snoring cause neck pain? Well, whilst you might think these two factors are entirely unrelated we know some of the psychological factors linked to snoring have also been found to relate to potential neck pain. Don’t worry – we’ve done the research for you. Our article showing the myths and links
Can snoring cause neck pain? – Introduction
Snoring is a low, rumbling noise produced in the throat as we sleep. It is quite common and can become more common as people age. Snorers seldom know that they snore unless others tell them. Snoring happens as a result of the movement of soft tissues in the throat as we breathe, particularly the soft palate. There are now newer approaches to supporting snoring. Obviously with the numbers of sufferers involved it is of significant interest to a lot of people (How to stop snoring without surgery?)
The fact that people do not snore when they are awake suggests that the deeper relaxation of muscles during sleep is the cause of snoring. This level of relaxation is thought to decrease the stiffness of tissue. This makes it more likely to move and generate the snoring sound.
Read on to find out exactly how snoring can result in neck pain, and how you can solve your problem.
Neck pain after sleeping
Firstly, when tension and stress build up in the neck, our muscles may feel tight or achy. Neck pain may also spread to the shoulder or be accompanied by a headache. Subsequently, this means the problem may radiate even further than just the immediate neck area.
If you’re experiencing neck pain after sleep, this could be due to your tendency to snore at night. Snorers will mainly be mouth breathers. Mouth breathing can affect head and neck posture, as well as the upper shoulder. Mouth breathing is the precursor to snoring. This can then lead to sleep apnoea. In order to reduce tension in the neck, you can try to reduce the impact of your snoring by following the advice we’ve gathered below.
Neck pain can be a real well, “Pain in the neck”. Some of the causes may be due to wear and tear associated naturally with ageing, arthritis, or injuries like a slipped disc. Any pain that keeps you awake at night or isn’t settling may require further healthcare professional advice. This article is not intended to give that specific health advice, only address the question around this potential link.
With regards to whether snoring causes neck pain. Well, the answer depends on how you prefer to sleep. Also, whether snoring plays a deciding role in this. Neck pain may be caused by either continuously changing your sleep position or sleeping in an uncomfortable position. Studies show that some are more likely to be avid snorers if they lie on their backs. This means snorers may prefer to adopt a stomach sleeping position so as not to disturb those around them.
How does sleep position affect neck pain?
If you are a stomach sleeper, you might not be doing your neck any favours. When you sleep on your stomach, you have to twist your head and neck to the side. In turn, this puts extra pressure on our nerves and muscles. If you are a back sleeper, your tongue may fall back into your throat. This partially blocks the airway and leads to noisy breathing and snoring. Remember not all neck pains relate to these types of problems though. You can’t fix all neck pain by simply switching up your sleeping position. For example, if it is caused by an injury or chronic conditions such as arthritis you may need more help. If this is the case then you should consider seeing a healthcare professional as early as possible.
It’s an unfortunate reality that sleep problems can cause neck pain, which in turn can cause more sleep problems linked to snoring. Snoring is common, affecting as many as half of all adults at one time or another. But when it happens all the time, it isn’t just a nuisance for those who are trying to sleep within earshot.
Snoring can have an impact on everyone’s sleep quality – including the person who’s snoring, particularly if neck pain has become an issue. If you’re here in order to solve your snoring problem, or the snoring problem of a loved one, we think we have just the solution.
The correlation between neck pain and snoring is…
- Neck pain can be the result of tension, which is linked to snoring as bad breathing habits can affect posture
- Neck pain after sleeping can also be caused by adopting an uncomfortable sleeping position, such as sleeping on the stomach
- People may feel more inclined to sleep on their stomach if they are snorers, as sleeping lying on the back can increase snoring volume and frequency
- Sleeping on the stomach causes neck pain as it causes the individual to put strain on the muscles and nerves in the neck
- If the snoring problem is solved, you will be more likely to sleep on your back, reducing the chances of neck pain and ultimately getting a better night’s sleep!
Luckily, we have developed a device that can help solve your neck pain and snoring problems, giving you an overall better night’s sleep with regular use. Snorgo is not a device to wear at night to ease symptoms, unlike some of the uncomfortable products already available in the market. Instead, it’s used to help you undertake an exercise that specifically targets muscles to prevent snoring.
Snorgo has been specifically designed to support this process and has been independently medically tested with amazing results with just few minutes of exercise each day for a couple of months.
Why Use Snorgo to stop snoring?
Snorgo aims to cure your snoring, not just relieve it. There’s also no need to wear an uncomfortable piece of plastic at night, that could lead to further problems with tension and neck pain. You can simply use it briefly at your own convenience during the day.
- A cure for snoring – results have been proven after 6 months of use
- Convenience – easily fits in to your life and results can be seen with regular use
- Fits around your routine – Snorgo exercises can be done at any time that suits you
- Clean and healthy – Snorgo incorporates silver ion technology to prevent microorganism growth, maintaining product hygiene
Snorgo works to reduce snoring and the neck pain associated with it as it helps to train the involuntary-based muscles of the pharynx. Involuntary muscles are ones we unconsciously control ourselves, so Snorgo is a tailor-made dumbbell that aims to support the type of exercise that reduces snoring.
Snorgo – key points
You don’t have to wear anything at night for the effects of Snorgo to work. The product is only used for a few minutes each day, at any time to suit your own routine. We advise three sets of 3 exercises per day, which should only take a few minutes in total!
You do not need to do anything else while using Snorgo in order for it to begin to work. However, we strongly advise that you consider trying to address the underlying health conditions that could be linked to your snoring, as this can lead to an even greater improvement in your sleep quality and the further reduction of tension in the neck. You may wish to look at Why don’t I sleep well?
In our trials there were significant improvements in over 75% of those prepared to continue working with Snorgo for 4-6 weeks. If you see no or little improvement, this may be due to underlying problems such as nasal issues; so, you should seek help from your doctor in this case.
Can snoring cause nck pain? – Conclusion
Hopefully, the article has explained the link and answered the question of can snoring cause neck pain? Snorgo has been specially adapted to be a cure for snoring, rather than being just a temporary solution, so it can effectively reduce the neck pain associated with snoring. As with any form of exercise, you might find that problems such as the neck pain you have been experienced can return if you abandon your regular routine. We suspect that most people have to occasionally us Snorgo to keep snoring problems away; however, this is as easy as putting aside a few minutes each day, so this shouldn’t be a problem!
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Dr Pete Naylor is the inventor of Snorgo, a patented snoring cure made in the UK recommended by medical doctors.
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