Although this may sound like common sense, sleeping on your bad shoulder will cause more pain and delay healing.
Deeper recurring problems may occur if you continue to do this.
Shoulder pain from sleeping
Laying horizontally in itself can be a pain aggravator.
We need to do everything to lessen the effect of lying down or putting weight on the bad shoulder.
Increased pressure on the affected area lessens or prolongs the healing of the shoulder and the duration of pain.
Using a really good pillow, such as a Tempur Pillow
may also help. I recommend using a Tempur pillow to my patients who have trouble sleeping and they really are worth trying.
At night time shoulder pain occurs because inflammation increases due to a lack of mobility which we would otherwise have during the day. Coupled with dropping forwards when we sleep, the shoulder can be left in a sore position. Hence waking up in the middle of the night, or early morning with sharp pain and restriction.
Shoulder pain sleeping position
Sleeping on the affected shoulder causes the blood flow to decrease.
Adequate blood flow to the affected area is very important in healing.
Reduced blood flow causes starving of oxygen to the shoulder and results in more inflammation and pain.
How to sleep with shoulder pain
Some people use special pillows that have the effect of allowing perfect alignment of the body, while slightly elevating the neck, spine and shoulder which is beneficial to the healing of the shoulder.
Others have found magnetic mattresses to relieve pain and promote healing.
Never sleep with your arm above your head as you are likely to find it locked when you wake up.
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