My own experiences with sleep deprivation insomnia and waking up to early are due to where the styloids are and what aids I use to sleep
Having ridden my high speed motorcycle recently in the prone position ( makes me more aerodynamic, takes pressure off my chest) the old bones have been pushed back up towards the tonsil fossa.I can’t feel the tip pushing in the styloid anymore.
Two days have been spent in agony, the head ache and neck ache was level 10, eyes hurt and compression on the right was so bad I nearly went to A&E
So paracetamol, Valium, anti inflammatory were taken to no avail
Extreme massages were done using the poly duo and single massage balls, the bedstead frame and ball were used also, no results
Tried one pillow, two, three pillows, zero pillow slept on my head, hung upside down like bat , made a head hammock, it all made no difference
What did eventually help was forcing my chin into my chest, trying to touch my ears off each shoulder and then arching my back to see if my feet could touch the back of my head
Head rolling helps but I don’t like all the creaking and cracking, sounds like a bag of stones.
Head exercise and neck massages for nearly two days meant that I could sleep on my back, with one pillow and throw all my other aids on the floor
The neutral position on my back with a flat pillow is the best for me
During the day trying to maintain a good shoulder profile and keeping my head up is also helpful
My work and sports cause my head to move I think beyond the norm
A 160 mph wind blast on my helmet causes compression and I find it my partner sits, she sits in a chair and I sit on the floor she can take the weight of my head as I relax helps also
So does hot water bottle
Sometimes if I wake I spin around and roll the neck on the round wooden bar at the end of the bed for ten minutes
Then back to sleep okay
Definitely, neck exercises.
Shoulder , neck and cranial?- follow the neck into the skull ,is that cranial? - massages is where it’s at for me
Massage the jaw, behind the ears , massage the styloid, exercise the jaws
Take weight off the head
And one pillow.
Experiment and you will find a solution that suits your bodies needs