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Posted April 12, 2017 10:07 am - Updated April 12, 2017 06:35 pm

Why You Are Waking Up With Pain - presented by Athens Orthopedic Clinic


According to Board Certified Hand Surgeon, Dr. Michael Shuler, there are certain aches and pains that occur commonly in many adults. Many of these pains can be easily avoided by making slight modifications to current sleep habits.  

Numbness in your hands and arms- When your limbs have “fallen asleep” overnight, it is known as paresthesia and can be caused by something as simple as poor positioning or putting too much pressure on one spot for extended periods. There are several preventative measures you can take to stop this numbing feeling such as: sleeping in a wrist brace, increasing your Vitamin B consumption, and consistent repositioning during the night.  You should also watch your salt intake (as this can lead to fluid retention, swelling, and poor circulation). Chronic numbness, however, could signify a more serious condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome and it may be wise to consult your physician if the problem persists.




Pain in the heel- The pain you feel in your feet when you first step out of bed in the morning may be due to a condition called Plantar Fasciitis, which is a strain in the ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot, and is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. Ways to prevent this condition include: sleeping in a boot at night, stretching your Achilles tendon at the back of your heel, staying at a healthy weight for your height, and establishing good exercise habits.

Sore shoulders- The most common cause of shoulder pain in the night is due to problems (like a tear, strain, or tendonitis) in your rotator cuff.  To prevent this type of pain, try sleeping on your back instead of your side, which puts unnecessary pressure on your shoulder. You can also try sleeping with a shoulder support pillow or using ice compression wraps.  For more serious cases, physical therapy, injections, or surgery may be required. 


Low Back Pain- To avoid waking up with low back pain, make sure you are sleeping in a position that doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your spine.  Specifically, don’t sleep on your stomach.  Also make sure you have a good mattress.  People who sleep on a medium-firm mattress, typically have less back pain.  Biological and psychological factors may also have an effect on back pain, and it is always good to try and maintain a healthy diet and low stress levels.