Why do my shoulders ache at night?

by Joe Wnukoski|19 Nov 2020|Health|Sleep Disorders|719 views
There are basically three conditions that can cause shoulder pain to worsen at night: bursitis, tendonitis, and rotator cuff injuries. This is because the inflammation involved in each can pull on the shoulder joint, especially when the area is compressed (as when laying on your side in bed).

Also asked, what causes pain in both shoulders?

What causes shoulder pain?
  • arthritis.
  • torn cartilage.
  • torn rotator cuff.
  • swollen bursa sacs or tendons.
  • bone spurs (bony projections that develop along the edges of bones)
  • pinched nerve in the neck or shoulder.
  • broken shoulder or arm bone.
  • frozen shoulder.

Additionally, how do I stop my shoulder from hurting when I sleep?

Best Sleep Solutions for Shoulder Pain
  1. Avoid sleeping on your front. It may be tempting to sleep on your front thinking that you are keeping pressure off your sore shoulders.
  2. Try sleeping on the side that is opposite of the bad shoulder.
  3. Use good support for your head.
  4. Use a body pillow.
  5. Don't be afraid of trying different sleep tips and positions.

Why do my arms and shoulders hurt when I wake up?

The repeated sleep behavior of leaning toward one side can place immense pressure on this joint, ultimately leading to inflammation, fraying, and in serious cases – rotator cuff tear. In some cases, it's not the sleeping position that causes shoulder pain – but rather overuse, or a degradation of the joint's health.

How do I know if my shoulder pain is serious?

Sometimes your shoulders hurt when there's nothing wrong with them. This can be a sign of trouble with your gallbladder, liver or another organ. Heart attack. If your shoulder hurts and you have trouble breathing or your chest feels tight, you might need emergency medical help right away.

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