Addressing Shoulder Pain
The source of bodily pain can be elusive, but the feeling certainly isn’t. You may not know why you’re hurting, but you always know when you are. Immediately and thoroughly. Never is this more evident and disruptive than when we are trying to sleep. And tonight’s tossing and turning becomes tomorrow’s late start, tomorrow’s missed deadline, tomorrow’s bad day. This makes it all the more important to treat your pain, whether it’s in your neck, shoulders, back or hips. Immediately and thoroughly.
Shoulder pain is an especially frustrating injury as it can be difficult to determine the cause. Played an aggressive game of baseball or football recently? Moved into a new home? Whatever the source, this type of pain is often related to your rotator cuff and an injury known as tendinosis. Outside of medical help, you might consider sleeping in a recliner for a few days, using an ice wrap, or seeking physical therapy.
If you happen to sleep on your side, facing the same direction every night might aggravate your shoulder with time, especially with a history of injury. Try switching your direction nightly or sleeping on your back to offset this. If all else fails, use a soft pillow to relieve some pressure.
-Avoid sleeping on your stomach if possible. It practically invites pain all over with the smallest shift or adjustment. Experiment with sleeping on your side or back to reduce your potential for pain, though switching your position as you sleep gives you the best odds for better sleep.
-Practice proper “sleep hygiene.” What this entails is following good habits to encourage quality sleep, such as exercising, losing the sleep meds, making your room dark and cool, letting natural light in during the day, minimizing technology usage in the bedroom, pre-sleep stretching, following a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding stimulating substances such as soda close to bedtime, and more. Better sleep allows your body to heal and relax, while poor or little sleep increases our sensitivity to pain. A few simple improvements to your nightly routine can do wonders for your health and happiness.
-There is no one-size-fits-all bed that will fix all your problems. You need a properly fitted sleep solution to truly reap the benefits of quality sleep. Come by a local Mattress Warehouse for an exclusive Sleep Assessment by our friendly staff to learn what bedding options will make a difference in your night’s sleep.
Hopefully these tips have pointed you in the direction of better sleep and less pain. If you can’t seem to shake the pain no matter what you try, it’s time to consider a professional opinion from the appropriate doctor. Either way, a better mattress is the first step. Visit one of our local showrooms today!