If shoulder pain is keeping you from sleeping on your side, welcome to the club.
I’m a side sleeper too and when I started having shoulder issues it quickly wrecked my nights before I figured out what to do.
Things are more manageable these days but it was a rough ride along the way.
Did you know 20% of the world’s population deal with chronic pain every day and many struggle with insomnia?
And that sleeping on your side is the most common position?
With numbers like that, you can see that you’re likely not the only whose shoulder pain is keeping them up at night.
Nighttime pain can make it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. It can also keep you out of the deep restorative REM sleep that sleep experts say you need to wake up feeling refreshed.
So, any pain is an issue for sleep, but shoulder pain is extra trouble for the millions of people who have to sleep on their side.
For some, sleeping on their side is the only way to keep their snoring from waking up themselves and a bedmate.
It’s also the preferred sleep position for many sleep apnea patients as it helps keep their symptoms under control. (Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders and it’s a major sleep wrecker.)
Is this your situation?
Maybe you’ve tried to sleep on your back but you still end up your side…
Regardless, we’re going to talk about what you can do to get out of the shoulder pain club so that you get the sleep you desperately need.