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Why do I keep my shoulders shrugged while I sleep?

I wake up every morning with pain in my neck and shoulders. I notice that I have my shoulder and neck muscles engaged the entire time I'm asleep. The times I do notice I'm doing it, I try to let my shoulders down and relax them but when I wake up I am back to shoulder shrugging. I don't know how to prevent it.
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replied January 24th, 2012
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Hi,

Has this been going on constantly or just recently. Also, are you under a lot of stress recently?
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replied January 24th, 2012
I have had this issue for about 2 years. I am not under any kind of stress. In fact this is the first time in my life that I should be really relaxed.
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replied February 27th, 2012
I have the same problem. It's really annoying and painful. Did u find anything out?
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replied February 28th, 2012
shrugged shoulders
not yet
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replied May 7th, 2012
I have the same problem.
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