Saturday, September 5, 2009
Okay, for those who are in the rocky, pain 'round the clock, boat with me, sleeping is a challenge. Here are a few tips, to use are your discretion, to aid in the healing process. That's right, I said healing. Do not give up on the hope that you will heal. Don't you dare! =)
1) Try to sleep on your back- this is helpful because you want to stretch out the ribs and chest muscles, not constrict them. (However, if you are just relaxing, I have found the most comfortable position is a 45 degree angle with pillows under the back an head...I feel pressure in my ribs when I lay flat on my back. So I only attempt it when I'm sleeping).
2) If you are a side sleeper, use a large pillow between your arms, don't let your arms cross over each other, causing that chest muscle to constrict.
3) When you are laying in bed, just watching TV or hanging out, take the arms and gently open them up, laying them out to your side with a pillow underneath each arm- open your chest up.
4) When you are hanging out in bed, put a pillow under your lower back, it will help keep your ribs and chest opened up.
I know that for many, sleep is very difficult. I spent 18 months sleeping about an hour at a time and would wake up to stabbing pain in my chest every time I remotely moved . It was awful. Once I shut down my personal training business and subsequently quit picking up the weights all day for clients, my sleeping slowly got better and recently I'm able to sleep on my back. Yeah...I'll never take that for granted again. =)