Do you suffer from shoulder pain? If so, you already know how hard it can be to get proper sleep at night. All too often, shoulder pain can prevent you from getting to sleep or staying asleep. Here are some tips to improve your sleep quality if you have shoulder problems.
1. Avoid sleeping on your front
It may be tempting to sleep on your front thinking that you are keeping pressure off your sore shoulders. Unfortunately, sleeping on your front will pull your shoulder forward out of alignment and not keep a stable position. Instead, sleep on your back as this keeps your shoulders in a good and stable alignment.
2. Try sleeping on the side that is opposite of the bad shoulder
If sleeping on your back isn't working for you, then try a side sleeping position on the opposite side of your body to your bad shoulder. In this situation, use a pillow to help your sore shoulder. Place the pillow in the underarm area of your painful shoulder.
3. Use good support for your head
You'll need a pillow under your head to keep your upper body in proper alignment. This helps keep your shoulder as comfortable as possible. Consider adding a small rolled up towel under the neck area for extra support.
4. Use a body pillow
If movement during sleep is painful or wakens you, using a full-length body pillow may be the ticket to a restful night for you. This prevents you from moving around onto your sore shoulder, yet is quite comfortable.
5. Don't be afraid of trying different sleep tips and positions
If a particular sleeping position
worked for you for a while but no longer does, then consider trying something else. Use the other tips above as good starting points. It has been shown that sleeping in one consistent position every time can actually cause shoulder pain. Consistent sleep positions can cause compression and/or cramping in certain areas of the body
, creating a postural imbalance which over time results in pain. Of course, if you have found a great sleep position for your sore shoulder, there is no need to vary it just for the sake of varying it. Try out new options when your preferred sleeping position no longer works well for you.
Consider a latex mattress for shoulder pain
are known for their ability to promote natural spinal alignment. Latex is a luxurious all-natural type of foam made from the sap of the rubber tree. Its inbuilt springiness supports the spine and joints extremely well. Latex mattresses are among those which are strongly recommended by osteopaths and chiropractors
Be aware that shoulder pain can arise from many different causes. So, as with any type of joint pain, it is important to remember that there will be no single type of mattress which is certain to relieve pain for all sufferers.
If you have not already tried a latex mattress and you suffer from shoulder pain, this would therefore be the ideal time to visit a showroom to test one out. It will cost you nothing to lie down on one in a showroom. If a latex mattress offers you relief then you are a huge step forward in finding a solution for your night time pain. Those residing in Singapore can test out a latex mattress in the Heveya® showroom
, a premium bedding shop. Do allow yourself sufficient time to lie down properly and give yourself a chance to see how your shoulder is doing on the mattress.
A latex mattress is yielding initially, yet offers firm support, aligning your spine properly and giving you ample rest and ease to your joints. Many people love how a latex mattress is so comfortable and restful - even those who do not suffer from any type of joint problem. So, give your shoulder the best rest you can, and look into whether a latex mattress is right for you.
If you suffer from shoulder pain, try some of the sleep position tips above for a better sleep. Pain can be very disruptive to sleep, leading to further discomfort during the daytime. A better sleep position can make a huge difference and deliver welcome relief from night time discomfort. Of course, if pain is severe or persists, it is important to consult a medical professional.