When you first get out of bed in the morning, are you stiff, sore or rigid? Are your bones popping and snapping, your neck creaking? Do your nighttime trips to the bathroom feel more like tryouts for a Frankenstein movie? You’re not alone. As we age, we tend to feel stiff in the morning or after sitting in one position for too long. So why do some of us experience stiffness in the morning while others bounce out of bed like kids?
Could you be sleeping in a way that causes stiffness?
The answer is yes! Just as moving constantly deprives us of restful sleep, not enough moving through the night is a common cause of morning stiffness. Have you ever watched children, dogs or cats sleeping? Have you noticed how often they change position? My cat changes her position about every 30 minutes or so. Several of my clients who complain of pain and stiffness in the morning have “trained” themselves not to move while they are sleeping. This is just unnatural.
Did you know that all mammals stretch before and right after rising from sleep