Millions of people struggle with tension and stiffness before sleeping. If you feel this way, then you are not alone. Athlete’s may have tension from overuse of their muscles throughout the day, while office workers may suffer from the same tension as a result of not using the muscles in their body to support their skeletal structures. Regardless of your occupation or profession, you will most likely suffer from tension at least once in your lifetime.
Bad Habits. Our lives are set up to do everything in front of us (think of phones, computers, televisions etc.), and all day we stay there. Tight muscles in the front of the body that constantly pull forward over time (whether it be from looking down at our phones, or pushing our necks forward to read the text on a screen, or just an uncomfortable seating position) is too much for the back muscles to handle. For instance, the upper traps get tight when the shoulder blades are pulled forward.
The shoulder blades rely on the ribs for stability. If pulled far enough forward, that stability in the body is lost. So now when you go to reach to lift something, your upper traps are forced to work harder to hold it up. Because the upper traps are attached, now your neck must help hold that object up too. No wonder it gets stiff and sore. It is a downward spiral that progressively gets worse. Various techniques can be used to decrease the tightness and spasms in your neck and other muscles in the back that feel tight, restrict your ability to turn your head, or often lead to pain and sometimes headaches before sleeping. So, how can we slow this downward spiral?