So you know how shoulder pain feels, right?
I’m sure you do, which is why you’re here reading these lines. I too, know how unpleasant shoulder pain can be, and after a while, I realized that it’s not that much the way I sleep, but what I sleep on.
Most of the time, I sleep on my side with the tendency to switch to my stomach. I’m keeping my arms below my pillow; needless to say that it blocks the bloodstream and causes pressure and pain when you get up.
I’ve slept for years on a spring mattress that wasn’t suitable for me. First of all, it was too firm, although I bought it knowing it was medium firm. I might be too sensitive, I don’t know, but to me (especially compared to what I sleep on now) felt like concrete.
Anyway, I slept on it for a while, and constantly felt mild shoulder pain; I wasn’t paying attention at all, until one day I woke up completely unable to lift my arm more than several inches.
The pain felt like someone was stinging me with a needle. Harsh! Long story short, I went to see my doctor, and it wasn’t anything serious, just a constant pressure to my shoulder joint that resulted in pain. I was advised to stop sleeping on my side for a while and of course pick a better bed.
Instantly I dedicated myself to find the best mattress for shoulder agony and I learned so many things I didn’t know before.
This means if you’re a side sleeper, don’t go for innerspring. Memory foam is your best friend (latex and hybrids will be good palls as well). Memory foam will hug your body and will allow you to sink in the layers just enough so all your joints and muscles can get the right support and comfort.
Every indentation (waist and neck) will get support (if these two parts lack support you’ll end up with lower back and shoulder pain). I felt as if I went to heaven when I bought my memory foam bed.
This means that even though your bed might feel a bit softer (or medium firm) it shouldn’t be unstable. The construction should have a firm and stable foundation and great transitional layers, while the first (comfort) layer must be soft and pressure free.
So, even though you’ll sleep on your side, your entire body will be supported, especially your spine. If the spine isn’t aligned and supported, every part of your body, including the shoulders gets poor position and interrupted blood flow, therefore, you’ll feel sore when you wake up.
I know how lovely a soft bed feels; but still, don’t buy something that will “swallow” you into its layers. You need support and comfort, not a bed made of poor quality foam that will sink so deep that you won’t be able to get up. This isn’t what you’re looking for.
No matter the reason for your shoulder pain (arthritis, tendon issues, fractures or injuries) you need a bed that is comfortable but supportive enough. This is why medium firm beds are the best. At the same time, you’d be able to have a proper rest whenever you switch to your back or stomach.
I hope that my article is of great help, but I suggest you read as much as possible, not only for your shoulder issues but for mattresses as well (check different stores, websites, and people’s reviews).
At least today you can find lots of useful info about everything you need. I got my memory foam bed thanks to some thorough and honest reviews that helped me make a list of my pros and cons before I did my purchase.