How do I fix a stiff neck

3 ways to prevent a stiff neck while sleeping

Always sleep with a pillow

Sleeping without a pillow deprives your neck of the support it needs during the night. Without this feature, your neck will have to work extra hard to support the weight of your head, which will put a lot of strain on your neck muscles. There is actually no possible position in which you can sleep without a pillow that doesn't put strain on your neck. The only way to avoid this unnecessary neck tension is to use at least one pillow.

Limit the number of pillows you sleep with

If you sleep with more than two pillows, you are likely setting yourself up for a stiff neck in the morning. Piling your pillows too high and then trying to sleep on them can create a stressful neck-to-spine imbalance that could cause your cervical vertebrae to get out of control. As any chiropractor will tell you, stiff necks are the result of misalignment of your vertebrae. You will almost certainly have this annoying feeling in your neck muscles in the morning, and you may even have trouble turning your head.

Get a pillow that is supportive

Not all pillows are created equal. Some support the head and neck better than others. Pillows that are too thin are almost as bad as sleeping without a pillow, while too many washes will unevenly distribute the filler material in old pillows, resulting in empty spots in the center that put strain on the neck. Hard pillows do not have enough "give" to properly support the neck, which can lead to headaches. The best pillows for preventing a stiff neck while sleeping are of medium firmness, with new, plump fillings that still take a crack. If you can find a contoured neck pillow that is specifically designed to fit the curves of your neck and head, you can make it even better.