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For those of us who deal with chronic disorders, the morning is often a dreaded time. Not only do many of us get less sleep than we need due to pain, but we hurt a large amount upon finally waking. It can quickly fall into a vicious cycle of lack of sleep and high pain levels. One question that is often asked is simply why. Why does it hurt so much in the morning to wake up? Unfortunately, we cannot give you reasons as to why you despise getting up so much unless you mean from a physical aspect, so that’s what we’ll focus on.
One simple reason for hurting in the morning is Newton’s law. He postulated that an object at rest would stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. If you have been asleep for hours, then you naturally will not want to get up and move around. Having pain in the morning is one way for your body to attempt to keep you in place. We promise you it isn’t a dastardly plot that your blankets have developed to keep you in the same spot. Well, at least we’re pretty sure it isn’t….
Another reason that you may hurt more in the morning is because of your mattress and pillows. If either are older, they may have pressure points that cause you pain during the night. Springs in your mattress or box spring may be pressing into your body and can be a reason for you waking up during the night with localized pain. Try getting a new mattress or a mattress pad to see if your pain has any relief. Pillows should be replaced regularly as well, but be sure to buy ones that actually support your head and neck, as this may be a strong reason for morning pain as well.
If you have a chance after you wake up, come into Wirth Chiropractic and see if a spinal adjustment can help relieve your pain. Sometimes, getting your body realigned can be just what you need. This is especially true if you move around a lot during the night, as you are more likely to hurt yourself if you do so. Come on in and see how much of a difference we can make.

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