Patti (whipartist) wrote,

How not to sleep on my right side?

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Dear lazy/smart web:

My right shoulder hates me right now, and has for a few months. I don't know if I'm pinching a nerve or what, but sleeping on my right shoulder seems to be a really bad idea. When I do, I wake up with my whole arm in pain and it stays sore for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, that's the side that I naturally sleep on. My left shoulder is also affected a little bit, but not to nearly the same extent as the right.

I've tried building a sort of wedge with pillows, with a nest for my arm, and that helps but it's not enough. The problem doesn't seem to be tied to the bed I sleep in, since it happens at home and away.

I'm trying to figure out how to keep myself from sleeping on my right side. Ideally, I think sleeping on my back is best, but on my left side is OK as long as I use the pillow trick. Thus far, I've been unable to fall sleep on my back, and the only time in my life that I've been able to do so is when I had a broken collarbone and sleeping on my side was impossible.

Yes, I'm going to see my doctor, but I already have a pretty solid correlation between sleeping on it and being in pain the next day, so it makes sense to avoid doing that.

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