Reprinted with the kind permission of Sarah Borien and A Life Less Physical
From time to time, people contact me with something they think my readers would benefit from knowing. I send a lot of thank-you-but-no-thank-you emails (consider me your very strict, no-nonsense gatekeeper) but, on occasion, someone sends me something golden.
When Amica got in touch with me, she said she had a list of the best sleeping positions for people with injuries and pain. I was intrigued; I don’t think I’ve ever given a second thought to my sleeping position. I get in to bed, wriggle around to try and find a position that doesn’t hurt, and hope for the best. There’s certainly no logic to my approach.
When Amica introduced herself to me she asked me,
Buttered toast landing face-up,
not looking in other people’s shopping trolleys at the checkout line,
eating just one slice of pizza,
falling asleep when everything hurts.
I couldn’t argue. But also, who the hell is trying to eat just one slice of pizza? Madness.
Amica explained that the correct sleeping position isn’t a cure-all by any means, but you can alleviate certain aches and pains by choosing the right position. Apparently, if you don’t currently own an arsenal of pillows, now is the time to stock up.
Flanking yourself with pillows can prove to be extremely helpful; especially if you find that you often rollover during the night and suddenly awaken in a fit of agony.
The graphic (which you can see on Sarah’s original post) outlines the different sleeping positions for managing site-specific pain. If you’re experiencing pain in your arms, feet, or ribs, you can still use the positions that they recommend for broken bones.
Before agreeing to share the graphic, I wanted to test it out. You know what? It actually helped. It’s a bit awkward because you’ve got pillows all over the place, but it’s really interesting to feel relief in parts of your body when pressure is taken off other areas.
My neck’s been particularly bad lately, so I followed the relevant graphic and found that going to sleep was easier, and I woke with less pain.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Sarah Borien lives in a country cottage in Oxfordshire with her husband and their two cats. She has had fibromyalgia since 2009 and is passionate about finding and sharing new coping strategies. Sarah authors her blog, A Life Less Physical, and has written for New Life Outlook (Fibromyalgia).