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Side sleeping and shoulder pain - SCgargoyle - 03-19-2021

I've been carefully studying my sleep habits, and the results thereof. I monitor my O2, and have found that it stays good if I sleep on my side. If I lay on my back, it drops, I assume due to OSA. I haven't had any luck with a CPAP, so I'm going without, for now. The problem is that these old shoulders don't like the pressure when I sleep on my side. Even if I switch during the night, they hurt. Is there some trick to it? Some special pillow or something? I've said it here before, but I'll repeat it again- I don't have symptoms of sleep apnea other than my O2 dropping and apparent AHI in the mild to moderate range. I don't snore, I wake up refreshed, feel great all day long. Apparently, the AHI isn't bothering me, but I'm trying to keep my nighttime O2 in a safe range.


RE: Side sleeping and shoulder pain - Melman - 03-19-2021

I have the same issue and place a small pillow under my side just below my arm. It provides support that takes some of the weight off the shoulder.


RE: Side sleeping and shoulder pain - Big Guy - 03-19-2021

My left hip has been bothering me the last couple of months. I can sleep on it for about 30 min. or so, then I have to roll over and sleep on my right side. 

It's bothered me in the past, but usually gets better as some time goes by. This time, the pain seems to be hanging on.