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Why do I wake up feeling very sore and achey?

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Last Updated: 08/09/2021 at 12:38am
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December 10th, 2015 2:55am
If you're like me, its because you work a physical job and haven't stretched properly! Joking aside, it could be because you're not sleeping on the right mattress/pillow, you could be mentally stressed which can lead to muscle tension around your neck and shoulders, or a pet/person is kicking you in your sleep...
December 10th, 2015 11:04pm
If you wake up feeling sore an achey without doing anything to cause that then there could be a problem with your muscles or nerves.
December 23rd, 2014 5:51pm
it could be over sleeping. or not enough sleep. but it could also be staying still during sleep. or it could be moving too much from bad dreams. It is hard to put this one in just one group it depends on the person.
December 18th, 2015 12:11pm
we feel soar and achy in the morning when we do not sleep properly the night before. the reason could be due to stress, anxiety or pain.
December 26th, 2015 12:50am
There could be any number of reasons you wake up feeling sore and achy. Diet, sleep habits/hygiene, some sort of un-diagnosed medical disorder. Try making subtle changes and seeing how it affects you. Monitor the amount of calories you intake as well as what constitutes those calories. Vitamins, minerals etc.
January 6th, 2016 11:07pm
This could be many reasons. First the most obvious answer would be your bed. If a bed is too soft or too hard for certain people it will cause body sores. You may be dehydrated. Lack of fluids in the system tend to lead to feeling bad physically. If you're using drugs, prescription or otherwise, soreness when you wake up is associated with withdrawal symptoms of certain drugs. A hot shower will give temporary relief from the soreness til you can figure out what the exact cause is and remedy the situation completely.
December 11th, 2014 11:45am
I wake up feeling sore and achey after I have spent the day in mental anguish and allowed my emotions to take charge. There is a strain in my chest and I am hollow and empty.
December 12th, 2015 11:03pm
It may be because of excesive excersise without a warm up that has caused a build up of lactic acid causing the aches?
January 31st, 2016 2:50pm
This is because you enter a deep state of rest and this is usually when all your muscles and stuff rebuild which make you feel sore.
December 27th, 2015 6:27am
There are literally thousands of reasons this could be. If it worries you, you should go see a doctor.
December 14th, 2014 9:02pm
There could be multiple reasons you wake up feeling this way. A couple questions to ask yourself; Am I eating healthy? Is it time for a new mattress? Am I doing strenuous work during the day without staying hydrated? Am I sleeping correctly? Learning yoga or doing stretching exercises before bed may be a good start.
December 11th, 2015 2:37pm
They are symptoms of fibromyalgia, if not, you may have over-worked the previous day. If it continues or you get worried, please consult a doctor.
December 16th, 2015 11:09pm
The answer to this could be a variety of things. You may have possibly slept in a weird or different position than you usually sleep in, you may have done a lot of physical activities and are still recovering (playing sports, working out, exercising, etc....)
January 17th, 2016 2:42am
it may be because of stress. you might be over working yourself or spreading yourself way to thin. make sure you take time to relax and settle down. and drink plenty of water before bed so it will replenish your muscles while you sleep.
December 24th, 2015 4:17am
Sometimes I am not in the most comfortable position that my neck and head need to be in. I don't always end up in the position which I started my rest in, or I may be sharing my bed with someone else and the blankets or pillows are not straight, I will often times get up again and remake the bed to start from the beginning and then I am assured a comfortable night. Another cause of having an uncomfortable night's sleep is from binge eating either beofre falling asleep, or sleep walking to the refridgerator, and then I am semi-asleep with a stomach ache and lamentation.
January 6th, 2016 12:04am
I wake up feeling sore when I'm anxious or depressed. I tend to toss and turn more too when I'm anxious & end up sleeping in weird positions which doesn't help. Yoga makes it a million times better. I used to just wanna sit around doing nothing but stretching out those achey muscles can get you back to normal in minutes
December 9th, 2015 8:15pm
My body is too stressed and my muscles are too active at night and that's why I wake up feeling sore and achey.
January 1st, 2016 8:24am
Depends on what you did the day/ night before waking up. I would go see a doctor and talk to them about it if it is as serious as it sounds.
September 26th, 2016 12:36am
It could be a lack of good sleep, or if you exercise a lot it could be the after day achiness. Multiple reasons. It could also be a very common muscle disorder called fibromyalgia. Look it up. See if it fits your symptoms. Talk to your doctor if it doesn't go away after about a week. :)
December 18th, 2014 8:20pm
You may have a bad mattress or it could be that you’re just not sleeping well and spending time tossing and turning, cutting back on caffeine and trying to establish a consistent sleep schedule can help. Try not Watching T.V. or eating in bed. Basically just keep distractions to a minimum. Better sleep habits = Less aches and pains.
December 9th, 2015 6:35pm
With many thoughts comes many movements and as such makes you ache and sometimes more tired,its a state of mind,go to bed head strong and wake up feeling the same
December 9th, 2015 7:01pm
Well it could be for several reasons, but the three major suspects would be an uncomfortable bed, an unlucky sleeping position or sleep walking type activity. For most people a firmer bed leads to a better nights sleep, and if you have a proneness to back pain (because you have hyperflexibility for example) then you would benefit from a firmer bed. Also make sure your pillow is supportive and of a good thickness that if you lay on it, your shoulder does not take on too much pressure from your body weight. Position? Most people sleep best on their sides, there is not much you can do about how you move in your sleep though! Focus on comfortable clothing and a good supportive bed, then you won't need to move so much in your sleep to become comfortable. You may be active in your sleep (I am a lot) and you may want to use a fitness tracker to check this out if you think it is a possibility. Lots of sleep activity is often inherited genetically, but also much increased if you are stressed. It might be an idea to talk to your doctor about stress and sleep disturbances if this is a problem you have. Best advice? Invest in a supportive bed, you will not regret it.
December 11th, 2015 4:56pm
Your not sleeping well. try to get an early night and do a little less during the day :) try not to have caffine before bed :)
December 9th, 2015 8:26pm
Maybe you are not using a proper mattress. You could consult a medical practitioner to help you identify the correct type of mattress that suits your body. Also, it could be that you are over working or not getting enough rest for the day. Or you could be staying up late.
December 11th, 2014 5:51pm
Have you been to the gym? Do you sleep well? Is your bed comfortable enough? You might want to consult a physician.
December 11th, 2014 11:58pm
it can be a number of reasons. I used to wake up with some sore body parts, turned out the position that I slept in was either just hurting me or was cutting off blood circulation to my arms or legs. But it could very well be that the bed you are sleeping in is not of a good quality for your body or is getting a bit too old. I'd advise you to either see a doctor or go looking for a new mattress.
December 27th, 2014 10:06pm
This is something that you should see your Doctor about. There are a long list of reasons that you may have this problem and speculation isn't helpful.
December 11th, 2015 6:50am
Sometimes I wake up feeling this way and I chalk it up to me sleeping in a weird way. In my experience, It usually happens in the Winter when you are more likely to unconsciously toss and turn to hit that sweet spot where the covers just wrap you up and you feel like you're being enveloped by a warm cloud!
December 12th, 2015 12:11am
It might mean you slept in a funny position or you fell asleep with your joints tensed up. I used to get back pains all the time, and I found stretching before you go to bed is really benificial because it loosens your muscles up and therfore your more comfortable.
January 8th, 2016 3:24pm
Depression can be one of the cause. But I would say Sometimes we don't follow ergonomics which is way important. Do some exercises and sit and sleep in a proper posture .. Keep calm and relax You will be Perfect!