3 Sleeping Positions That Cause Elbow Pain and Restless Nights

elbow pain sleeping

Sleep “experts” have been saying for many years now that you should aim to get 8 hours of sleep every night in order to function properly and be on your game the next day.

Unfortunately, there are things which can prevent you from getting a solid nights rest such as outside noise, a restless spouse or sleeping partner, a busy mind and perhaps even pain.

If you are suffering from elbow pain when sleeping, or are awaken at night because of it, let me tell you that you are not alone!

Now you are probably wondering …

Will this type of elbow pain pass and go away on it’s own or is it a more serious condition that needs to be evaluated by your Doctor?

First of all I am no Doctor!

If your pain is so bad that you can’t even straighten your arm, then by all means see your Doctor ASAP.

But if you don’t have a money tree out back like me, then it’s time to think smarter and strategically.

You should take a closer look at your sleeping position.

Here’s the thing:

There are three basic sleeping positions in which we can get comfortable in.

You are either a stomach, back or side sleeper.

stomach sleeping position

But that’s just part of the story.

Your first step is to identify the position of your affected elbow when you fall asleep or wake with elbow pain during the night.

Without nailing this down, it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint how your sleeping position contributes to your elbow discomfort.

Do you normally fall asleep with your arm trapped or pinned under your body?

side sleeping elbow pain

Is your arm bent or straight?

Do you sleep with your arm extended over your head?

Is it possible that your sleeping partner is rolling over onto your arm in the middle of the night?

back sleepers

Sleeping with your arm bent is the quickest way to relieve your elbow pain at night.

But you must be careful not to trap your elbow under your pillow.

If you sleep with your arm bent, under the pillow with your head on the pillow, you could be at risk of developing Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.

The occurs when your ulnar nerve becomes compressed due to the weight of your head(avg weight 10lbs) pressing down on your pillow.

You know you are suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome if you have pain on the inside of your elbow which sometimes travels down the inside of your forearm and into your pinkie and ring fingers.

You can read more about sleeping injuries right here and how your elbow can be affected.

cubital tunnel syndrome pain

And if any of the above scenarios sound familiar or ring true for you then let me tell you…

That’s just part of the story!

Because the next step is even more important if you every want to sleep like a baby tonight!

The second way to get a good nights rest, each and every night is to pinpoint where in your elbow/upper forearm you are experiencing the worst pain.

70% of individuals say that their pain is on the outside of the elbow and/or upper forearm.

What this means is that there is a high probability that your elbow pain is something a little more serious and not just related to your sleeping position.

You most likely have tennis elbow.

Here’s the facts!

It is a repetitive strain injury that happens more in the workplace or just by doing hobbies than it does while playing sports such as tennis or other impact sports.

You are more likely to develop tennis elbow if you are a male between the ages of 40 and 60.

More and more people are getting it on the job and human resource departments are scrambling to address the soaring numbers of reported cases in the workplace.

Now before you jump straight out of your seat and totally dismiss tennis elbow, you should know that you don’t have to be a tennis player to suffer from this condition.

When in fact, over 95% of people are stricken with this condition have never or rarely ever swing a tennis racquet.

Elbow pain, tenderness and inflammation on the outside of the elbow is a tell tale sign of tennis elbow.

The image below shows exactly where an individual suffering from tennis elbow experiences pain.

elbow hurts when asleep

As it turns out…

Elbow pain while sleeping is usually a sign of tennis elbow where your extensor tendon that attaches at your elbow has suffered a small micro tear.

If you sleep with your arm fully extended or straight, this puts tension and strain on your forearm extensor muscles and extensor tendon.

The pain you experience is from the tear in your tendon being pulled and stretched apart.

You may even notice that your forearm muscles are much tighter and stiffer than they were before you had elbow pain.

Read more: How to Knockout Elbow Stiffness Using This One-Two Punch

This is because when you suffer a tendon injury, irritation or inflammation, the adjoining muscles shorten resulting in a feeling of restrictiveness and tightness in the muscles.

You probably have other tennis elbow symptoms besides elbow pain from sleeping without even realizing it.

For example, during the day, do you notice that you have elbow pain when you grip or squeeze objects – regardless of how small or heavy they are?

Perhaps when you turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand or even carrying a grocery bag or briefcase?

How about when you extend your wrist upwards – do you notice an increase in the pain in your elbow?

Do you sometimes experience pain that radiates from your elbow down your forearm and into your wrist or hand?

Is your injured arm hard to straighten or extend fully, especially in the morning?

These are all signals that tennis elbow has gotten the best of you but …

Here’s some good news!

So now that you know you have tennis elbow, what is the best, quickest and fastest way to treat and get rid of it?

As someone who’s been in your shoes and knows exactly how you feel right now, I don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I made when I was trying to figure out the safest and most effective way on how to heal tennis elbow.

And to top it all off, I forked out over $780 on doctors, physio, elbow braces, creams, anti-inflammatories, acupuncture, massage therapy, medical gadgets, cortisone shots just to name a few.

And I continued to suffer from pain and discomfort on a daily basis.

My pain and suffering was so bad that I went a full summer without a tan.

I was sitting inside icing my arm and popping pain medication while my friends and family were outside enjoying the warm weather.

So how did I eventually beat tennis elbow, get a good night’s sleep again and stop my elbow pain for good?

It was much easier than I thought…

In fact, all it really took to completely cure tennis elbow once and for all were 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of the chair you are sitting on right now, watching your favorite television show without any medical gimmicks or special exercise equipment!

Click on the button below to watch a quick video tutorial.

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