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How do you sleep on your back

Posted: 03 Feb 2018 19:28
by LDer Charles
Hi everyone my problem was sleep lately has been that I usually sleep on my left or right side of my body but I have been getting shoulder pain

so what happens is I usually have so much pain in my shoulder that I can't stay in that position long enough to sleep or the pain wakes me up at some point

so I want to learn how to sleep on my back because I have heard this is the healthiest position

but whenever I'm laying on my back I don't fall asleep

does anyone know how to fall asleep on your back

Re: How do you sleep on your back

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 01:01
by jasmine2
For many years, I was not able to sleep on my back, However, after I had a hip replacement, I was no longer sleeping on either side.

3 things now make it easier for me to sleep on my back.
- I bought a memory-foam mattress topper (from Bed Bath and Beyond)
- I position a pillow under my knees
- I often use either a sleep mask or drape a dark-colored sock over my eyes

If none of this works for you, you could try sleeping in a position that's half way between back lying and side-lying. However, if say, you are partially turned toward the left, you'll need to use several pillows for support for right shoulder, back, hip, and knee.

Re: How do you sleep on your back

Posted: 08 Feb 2018 21:34
by erichsa
I had years ego a hip replacement and still sleep on either side. I would try hard to find out why you have shoulder pain. I have them a little from time to time and I wiggle until I have a position which my arms and legs that the pain is gone and I sleep. Why should you have permanent shoulder pain. get rid of it and have your sleep plus good dreaming. :)

Re: How do you sleep on your back

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 20:42
by LDer Charles
jasmine2 wrote:For many years, I was not able to sleep on my back, However, after I had a hip replacement, I was no longer sleeping on either side.

3 things now make it easier for me to sleep on my back.
- I bought a memory-foam mattress topper (from Bed Bath and Beyond)
- I position a pillow under my knees
- I often use either a sleep mask or drape a dark-colored sock over my eyes

If none of this works for you, you could try sleeping in a position that's half way between back lying and side-lying. However, if say, you are partially turned toward the left, you'll need to use several pillows for support for right shoulder, back, hip, and knee.


Thank you. I think the mattress topper might be the thing as I am already doing the other two you said. It might be my mattress is not soft enough. I might experiment with some ways of adding softer layers on top. Do you sleep on your back just as easily now as you used to sleep on your side?

Re: How do you sleep on your back

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 20:48
by LDer Charles
erichsa wrote:I had years ego a hip replacement and still sleep on either side. I would try hard to find out why you have shoulder pain. I have them a little from time to time and I wiggle until I have a position which my arms and legs that the pain is gone and I sleep. Why should you have permanent shoulder pain. get rid of it and have your sleep plus good dreaming. :)


Thank you. I found out that I have shoulder pain because it is too much pressure on my shoulder so it is pinching a nerve. But what I did was somehting I heard on an online article somewhere which was about sleeping positions. It said to put a pillow under my side. I am not sure if they meant to put it under the side of my torso except not under my arm, but thats what I did. So, basically the shoulder isn't pressed into the bed so hard because more of the weight is along the side of my torso.
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I think it is actually helping because even afer I wake up from sleeping on it a few hours I don't have a pinched nerve. Also I put an extra pillow under my head so my neck is taking more of the weight than my shoulder.

Re: How do you sleep on your back

Posted: 10 Feb 2018 23:28
by boeing747
Either sleep aids or alcohol. Alcohol consumption is the only way I can fall asleep on my back. Pretty drastic but if you are in pain, may be the better of two evils.