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Sleeping problem

  1. Mar 8, 2004 #1
    Is there anyway to stop myself from sleeping on my limbs? Because it's really scary to wake up half way through the night and find that i can't move my arm cause i slept on it and stopped blood circulation to it, and this happens almost every night......

    And no, tying my arms to the bed post isn't a viable solution...
     
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  3. Mar 8, 2004 #2

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    One solution would be an arm sling such as the type used for dislocated shoulders. There is usually a wrap to go around the abdomen and it's attached to another wrap that goes around the upper arm, thus keeping the arm from being raised or abducted. Getting used to sleeping with it might take a little time...
     
  4. Mar 8, 2004 #3

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    I don't know what position you sleep in, but perhaps a large pillow you could put your arms around or a couple of small pillows in the right places will keep you from tucking your arms under you, without restricting your movements too much.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2004 #4

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    What kind of mattress are you lying on?
     
  6. Mar 9, 2004 #5

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    Yeah, and what it your sleep number? (sorry bad joke on a stupid commercial...)
    Actually, what is your sleep POSITION? (What is your position when you wake up with a dead arm?) Maybe you just need a good old fashioned straight jacket and a friend to tie you to the bed!!!
     
  7. Mar 9, 2004 #6
    Sometimes i lie with my arms outstretched, or sometimes i'd sleep on my stomach. But it doesn't really matter, cause i move a hell lot when i sleep, so i still get into dead arm positions.

    That matters?

    Sometimes my arm is tucked under my head, tucked under my back, or tucked
    under my stomach.

    Haha. If i had a friend there to tie me to the bed everynight, i wouldn't need to ask how to solve my sleeping problem would i?
     
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  8. Mar 9, 2004 #7
    I wouldn't worry too much about it while you search for a solution...I have been doing the same thing my entire life, and I haven't lost a limb or anything. I've gotten better about it, one thing you could try is getting a smaller bed. What I ended up doing is piling a bunch of big pillows next to me in bed, so I just don't have the room to move around alot on the bed.
     
  9. Mar 9, 2004 #8

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    I went through a long phase of this. The worst part is trying to turn off your alarm. My arm would swing over to the nightstand and smash into everything there.

    First, can you identify why you're doing it. For years I had never needed much in the way of blankets, but when I got a little older, my arms started getting cold at night. I tucked them under me to keep them warm.

    Other possibilities are for support. You could try getting another pillow, or a better mattress.

    Any solution you try will probably take a while to be effective. You've developed habits, and they will not go away just because the initiator of the habit has been removed.

    Njorl
     
  10. Mar 9, 2004 #9

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    Maybe your mattress is not comfortable so you move a lot in your sleep? Or it is too hard so that it allows circulation to be cut, or it is too soft that it allows incorrect body posture.. you could visit a mattress store and see if they ever heard the complaint..
     
  11. Mar 9, 2004 #10

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    How about a full-body pillow? If you wrap yourself around it, maybe you won't crush your arms.

    I do this too. Its not too bad right now, but when I was in the Navy, the bunks were so small I was always on top of my arms and I'm sure thats why my shoulders crack every time I swing a golf club (well, that and high school wrestling).
     
  12. Mar 9, 2004 #11
    Find a partner to spoon with and put your arms around her/him.

    Nautica
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  13. Mar 9, 2004 #12
    Like a bolster? Nah, i always kick or push it to the floor while i sleep.

    I'm gonna try changing my mattress tonight and pile in lots of pillows.
     
  14. Mar 9, 2004 #13

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    WHAT???!!! No straight jacket????
     
  15. Mar 10, 2004 #14
    Yeah. Too bad huh.
     
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