I have a chronic problem with muscle knots. The internet searches I have done have been fruitless. They don't give any answers as to causes and the remedies they prescribe don't work. I have tried getting massages ($1 per minute!); they feel good, but offer no real solution. I've also been to a chiropractor. It feels great when they pop your back and neck, but it doesn't seem to fix anything. Mine always suggested - you guessed it - more treatment.
I decided that something about my physiology is causing the knots. I am at the computer all day, but that wouldn't explain why I get knots on one side and not the other. I knit every evening, but that doesn't strain my left side (the side I get the knots) more than my right side. I have decided that the only other culprit could be what I do at night.
I sleep on my stomach with my arms around the pillow. Last night I made a point to go to sleep on my back with a pillow under my knees and a rolled-up towel under my neck, which is the ideal sleep position according to several sources. The bad news is that I couldn't sleep even though I was sleepy. I was up half the night, and I finally grabbed the pillow from under my knees and decided to split the difference and lay on my side and promptly fell asleep. The good news is that I woke up with more neck flexibility and less pain than I've had in a while.
I am going to continue to try to adjust my sleep position. I am going to start in the "ideal" position (on back with pillow under knees and rolled-up towel under neck) for as long as I can stand it, and adjust as necessary, but never let myself lie on my stomach. I will update this thread with my outcomes.
My curiosity is piqued due to this exploration. Why is position so important to sleep? I went to bed tired, with no exposure to blue light for 3 hours, on an empty stomach after taking a couple of magnesium pills. I hadn't been drinking, I had a relaxing bath and I read for a while with my beloved kitty by my side. This is my ideal sleep scenario. But perfect sleep conditions were not enough to overcome an unfamiliar position. Weird. Why is position so important? When I adjusted just halfway to my preferred position, I fell asleep almost instantly. Why should it matter?