Why can't I fall asleep on my back?
March 14, 2004 9:39 PM Subscribe
Why can't I fall asleep on my back? [more]
posted by scarabic to Health & Fitness (22 answers total)
For over a year I've been trying to get used to falling asleep on my back. It's the most comfortable position for my left shoulder, which was injured and can get really sore if I sleep on it wrong. My physical therapist said I might suffer some insomnia if I'm not used to sleeping on my back, but that was 18 months ago!
I lie on my back looking at the ceiling for as long as I can bear, getting more and more painfully sleepy, as the urge to flip onto my side or stomach builds to an irresistible level. I can never quiiiite fall all the way asleep, and the tiniest noise will rouse me.
What burns me most is, I wake up on my back more often than not. Why can't I fall asleep on my back? It would save me some pain, facilitate the healing process, and save me and my lady some tossing and turning.
Any tricks anyone can recommend for this or falling asleep in general? I never have trouble, except in this position, but I am willing to try general insomnia tricks.