The neck, back, and shoulders are common areas for individuals to experience pain upon waking. Frequently, these types of pain are caused by incorrect sleeping positions or improper pillows or mattresses. By determining the best mattress and pillow for your body and health, you can significantly limit these problems. It often comes down to a personal preference.
Muscle pain while sleeping may also be caused from muscle cramps or spasms. The most common type of muscle cramp while sleeping is calf cramps. Calf or feet cramps often wake the person up in the middle of the night. The pain may last from just a few seconds to a couple of minutes. They may be caused by inactivity, overuse of the muscles, or improper sitting or standing techniques.
Further, certain conditions or injuries may cause muscle pain while sleeping. Fibromyalgia can cause persistent pain, making it difficult to sleep. Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, or other conditions can also cause pain while sleeping. An injury can also flare-up as you sleep depending on the body part or area affected. For example, a back injury or condition can disrupt sleep and keep individuals awake throughout the night.