Shoulder surgeries typically lead to pain, swelling, and significantly reduced mobility while the body heals for a few months. Regardless of the type of shoulder operation, it’s challenging to get comfortable at night and get a good sleep. However, there are some tips that will allow you to sleep more comfortably after shoulder surgery.
Apply an ice pack
Apply an ice pack to your sore shoulder about 30 minutes before bedtime. This can reduce inflammation, numb the pain, and provide temporary relief. Managing your shoulder pain or soreness before going to bed makes it easier to sleep and stay asleep after the surgery. This is important for your body’s healing process to work at top efficiency.
Take your medication as recommended
Another important aspect of managing your post-operative shoulder pain before bedtime is taking your medication as advised by your doctor. Regardless if it’s a painkiller or anti-inflammatory, take the recommended dosage about 30 minutes before going to bed, as that should be enough time for you to feel the benefits and get comfortable in bed.
Wear a sling during the day. Your doctor will recommend and likely give you an arm sling to wear during the day. Arm slings support the shoulder and combat the pulling effects of gravity, which aggravates post-operative shoulder pain. Wearing your arm sling during waking hours will reduce the swelling and soreness in your shoulder at the end of the day, making it easier to fall asleep at night.
Don’t overdo it during the day. Taking it easier during the day while your shoulder recovers are also helpful in preventing excessive soreness at night before going to bed. Wearing a sling can make it difficult to move your shoulder too much, but avoid activities that can jar your shoulder, such as jogging or working out on a stair climber—focusing on really protecting your shoulder for at least a few months if not a few months.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the doctors at CureRx.