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5 Tips For Sleeping With Neck Brace

5 Tips For Sleeping With Neck Brace
Akanksha Nigam

Neck Braces or cervical collars are used to treat neck injuries, neck surgeries, and some cases of neck pain. They support the neck and spine and limit head movement for faster healing. Neck collars are made of different materials, such as foam rubber, or have a plastic shell over a foam or vinyl core and must be worn until the injury heals.

5 Tips On Wearing A Neck Brace

Wearing a neck brace incorrectly can lead to issues. Here are some tips for wearing a cervical collar sitting or resting for long periods can make your neck muscles stiff. Gentle movements like slight walking can help loosen this tension.

  1. Avoid slouching or hunching. Instead, keep your back and head straight with your shoulders pushed back.
  2. Do not sit in soft or low chairs as it can put extra pressure on your neck.
  3. Avoid any high-impact movement like running.
  4. Wear your neck support at all times, except while cleaning it or as directed by your doctor.
  5. Make sure the collar fits correctly. A loose collar will not give your neck proper support, which could increase pain and rub against your skin, causing irritation.

Although a cervical neck brace will not restrict your daily routine, lying in bed while wearing a neck collar could be challenging, uncomfortable, and disrupt sleep. A soft cervical collar can provide support and give you the rest you need.

5 Tips On How To Sleep With A Cervical Collar

1. Comfortable Sleeping Position

While the best sleeping position is on your back, sleeping on your side is also acceptable with the right support. If you sleep on your side, it is important to provide adequate support to the head, neck, and shoulder, and they should be aligned with the body.

Placing a rolled-up towel on the top or inside of the long edge of your pillowcase will provide firm support to your head, and pillows between the knees and underneath your arm will support your spine to ensure alignment.

2. Significance of a Good Brace

A good quality neck brace for sleeping should not interfere too much with your routine. You should be able to perform daily tasks, go outside for a stroll, and even sleep peacefully. Poor-quality neck support, on the other hand, will not only affect your sleep but also cause irritation throughout the day.

Using a soft neck brace for sleeping will support your neck, allow the chin to rest on the collar, and restrict unintentional head movement during sleep. Good quality neck braces offer other benefits also, such as wicking away moisture to keep the skin clean and dry.

HPFY Recommendation

Medline Soft Foam Cervical Collars are soft-density collars that prioritize patient comfort. The serpentine style allows the chin to rest on the collar and releases tension. Despite its soft nature, it effectively restricts neck and head movement without causing muscle stiffness. A hook and loop closure makes it easy to wear and remove the collar. 

Medline Soft Foam Cervical Collars



3. Avoid using a Pillow

If you sleep on your back, consider using an orthopedic neck pillow, a thin pillow or no pillow at all. Standard pillows may be too large, too fluffy, or too firm, which will cause misalignment and lead to pain and discomfort. 

Sleeping without a pillow will keep your head at the proper level, maintain your spine's natural alignment, and reduce neck stiffness and pain. Thin foam pillows maximize comfort, offer better support, and shorten recovery time.

4. Reclined Seating

Purchasing a reclining chair is one of the best investments you can make after neck surgery. It provides comfortable sleeping support and can be adjusted to the desired reclining position. Remember also to provide lumbar support to avoid lower back pain. 

The right neck brace for sleeping and proper reclining position will prevent your head from falling forward and keep it straight without causing any strain. 

HPFY Recommendation

The Ossur Miami J Cervical Collar with front and back panels maintains patient comfort, offers immobilization, and prevents skin breakdown. It is bio-engineered to minimize pressure on the chin, the back of the head, muscles extending over the back of the neck and shoulders, and the collarbone. The front and back panels provide adequate cervical support.   

Ossur Miami J Cervical Collar



5. Things To Remember

  • Ensure your mattress is neither too soft nor too rigid. A soft mattress may not provide the right support for your back and cause pain. A rigid mattress can be too stiff for your back and may not adjust to offer proper alignment. 
  • Keep your neck in a neutral position while sleeping – not bent forward, backward, or to the side.   
  • Do not be in a hurry to get out of bed. First, roll over to your side, swing your legs to the floor, and push your upper body up with your arms.
  • Avoid using electronic gadgets at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Keep your bedroom cool and dark. 

Neck braces have the maximum effect when worn as instructed by your doctor. They may be beneficial for short-term use, but if you have to wear one for a longer period of time, it may lead to stiff neck muscles. Consult your doctor if you feel discomfort while lying down - or cannot find the right position to sleep.


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Akanksha Nigam has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2021. With a Masters Degree in Finance, she began her Marketing career in the banking industry. However, her interest in human ...

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