Sleeping on your side can cause shoulder pain
Sleeping on your side can pose a number of benefits, including healthy digestion, sleep apnea prevention, and fetal support for pregnant women. Unfortunately, it is also linked to shoulder pain.
Sleeping on our sides forces gravity onto whichever shoulder we are putting our body weight on. You’re basically putting too much pressure on the rotator cuff of your shoulder, and inevitably, this can cause discomfort. One study found that 67 % of participants slept on the same side that they were experiencing shoulder pain.
It’s possible to still sleep in the position you like, but it’s important to consider how exactly you are supporting your body in that position (*cough* side sleepers). Luckily, there are several ways to alleviate shoulder or neck discomfort in the morning.
Read on below to learn more about how to sleep on your side without causing pain to your shoulders, in addition to alternative sleeping positions.