At some point during the night I go from sleeping comfortably to being curled up in a tight little ball, resulting in pain and intense achy stiffness in the morning. If I have an obligation I just deal with it and get up. But on my days off I stay in bed, laying flat on my back, sleeping in 20-minute increments for another two hours or so, and by then the pain is gone and I finally feel rested. While that's nice, it doesn't help me on work days, and it means I don't wake up until about 10am on my days off, so I lose a big chunk of my morning.
-No insomnia and no problems getting or staying asleep
-I'm in my mid-20's, and I've had this issue for as long as I can remember
-The pain, tension, and aches are primarily in my neck, head, shoulders, and the entirety of my back, but especially the middle. (This question
deals mostly with jaw-clenching, which is not a problem for me)
-On days when I can't lay in bed and recover, the achiness takes 2-4 hours to work itself out.
-I'm not a high-stress or high anxiety person, but the tension is definitely much worse if I have an anxious dream.
-I have crummy health insurance, so I haven't been to and can't see a professional for this. Someday I will, but for now I'm just looking for personal experiences, advice, suggestions, or insights I may have missed. I know YANMD.