Who among us hasn't woken up with a painful crick in the neck at some point? Quite often they occur because we sleep in funny positions, which really comes down to awkward pillowing during the night. (Cricks can come from other activities too.) I thought it would be fun to ask a few doctors - physiatrists - and a physical therapist, just exactly what happens when we get a crick. Here are their replies. Most people don't take their cricks to their doctors, so there are a few things you can do at home to relieve the pain.