Elbow Pain Sleeping
If you are anything like me, you need your full 8 hours of sleep every night in order to function properly and be on your game the next day.
Many things can prevent you from getting a solid nights rest such as outside noise, a spouse that keeps rolling from one side to the other, a busy mind and even pain.
To be more specific, what if elbow pain has been seriously interfering with your sleeping pattern? Is this something that will pass so you can get your “beauty sleep” again, or should you be concerned that you really have suffered a serious elbow injury?
If you are waking up at night with elbow pain, it’s important to assess your sleeping position. There are basically 3 sleeping positions: stomach, back and side position. But what is really important is how you position your injured arm when you sleep!
Arm Position Can Be Key When It Comes to Fixing Your Elbow Pain While Sleeping
Is the arm where you have elbow pain, pinned underneath your body? Do you sleep with your arm extended over your head? If you have a partner in the bed with you, are they rolling over onto your arm in the middle of the night? These are all possible causes of your elbow pain or positions that can make your pain and injury worse.
Next you should identify the location of your pain. The majority of people who complain of elbow pain when they sleep, often report that the location of their pain is on the outside of the elbow and/or upper forearm. If this is the case for you, then you may have suffered an elbow injury called tennis elbow.
It is a repetitive strain injury that happens more in the workplace or just by doing hobbies than it does while playing sports. You are more likely to develop tennis elbow if you are a male between the ages of 40-60. More and more people are getting it on the job and HR departments are scrambling to address the soaring numbers of reported cases.
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 reported cases of tennis elbow every year come from non-tennis players.
Elbow pain, tenderness and inflammation on the outside of the elbow is a tell tale sign of tennis elbow. So why do you have this pain when you sleep?
The simple reason is that when you suffer from tennis elbow, the 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 the extensor tendon. The pain you experience is from the tear in your tendon being pulled and stretched apart.
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 grasp objects? Perhaps when you turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand or even carrying a grocery bag or briefcase? How about when you extend or flex your wrist – 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? Is your injured arm hard to straighten or extend fully, especially in the morning?
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms, then there is a strong possibility that you have unfortunately been on the receiving end of a tennis elbow injury.
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. To make matters worse, I shelled out over $780 on doctors, physio, elbow braces, creams, anti-inflammatories, acupuncture, massage therapy, medical gadgets, cortisone shots … you name it, I tried it! All with no lasting results!
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!