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Why Am I Sore When I Wake Up?

WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO…. But it doesn’t have to be. Waking up in the morning is hard enough as it is. But once you realize you have to engage in this thing called life, you force yourself out of bed only to welcome your new day with the stabbing aches and pains of morning soreness.

There are many causes to waking up sore but the good news is: we’ll tell you how to NOT start each day in pain.


There are literally thousands of reasons for waking up sore in the morning. Hopefully your experience is just temporary. Maybe you’ve recently just come across an unusual amount of stress or anxiety. Perhaps you’ve engaged in physical activity that you’re not used to. Heck, maybe someone is kicking you in your sleep. Otherwise, here’s a list of more common reasons that may relate to your personal experiences. Read through the causes below and see which solutions may apply to you.

Not getting enough sleep, or sleeping too much.
Get a minimum of 5 hours of sleep nightly without interruption. Do not sleep for more than 8 hours.

Lack of fluids in the body can cause you to feel body soreness, aches, and pains.
Drink plenty of water during the day. At least half a gallon. Drink one glass of water before going to sleep. Another great solution is to hydrate your body’s largest organ (your skin) by taking a hot shower right before bed.

If you are taking drugs, or abusing substances your body pains may be resulting from withdrawal symptoms.
Just say no…or cut back man.

Exercising during the day without properly stretching before and after can build up lactic acid which can result in waking up sore.
Stretch before and after exercize. Also give yourself a good stretch right before bed for good measure.

Your mattress is 6 years older or more.
An old mattress may be causing your bones and joints to be misaligned. Invest in a new mattress and pillow.

Sleeping position.
Find a sleeping position that allows you to wake up the same way you fell asleep. If you’re a side sleeper try placing a pillow in between your knees. This may help relieve lower back pressure

Stress and anxiety.
Allow yourself some time to calm down and relax before going to bed. Do something you enjoy doing whatever it is.

Sleeping on a full stomach
Eating or drinking four hours before sleep may lead to morning soreness. Give that pie hole a rest.

If you still find yourself waking up sore after trying some of the above solutions, it may be time to talk to your doctor. Remember that depression, stress, and anxiety are all medical conditions that can also cause morning soreness. Good luck, and as always: Sleep Well!

Layla Everyday