Common problems for side sleepers
The two most significant problems that side sleepers encounter are back and shoulder pain. Sleeping on one side of the body means that constant pressure is being applied to that side and there is an increased risk of damaging your shoulder. Whether you sleep on your left or right side, the shoulder can collapse into the mattress as well as up toward your neck, resulting in misalignment and pain the following morning. Though the possibility of this type of damage exists, some people are unable to change their sleeping position.
Similarly, side sleeping can affect the alignment of your spine because of the excess pressure that is applied to it, predisposing you to injury, especially of the lower back.
Suggestions for alleviating these problems come in many forms. One such suggestion is that different sleeping positions are tried like sleeping with a pillow between your knees for better spine alignment. Another one is the fetal position for those who may have a herniated disc. Still, another is that you sleep on your abdomen if you have existing back pain and finally, there is sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees to evenly distribute your weight across the widest area of your body thus placing less strain on your pressure points. These positions are thought to give better spinal alignment; however, the plain and simple truth is that most side sleepers adopt a “grin and bear it” mentality because their sleeping habit would have been developed over their entire life and they would have finally settled into their most naturally comfortable position. Realistically, they cannot be expected to change their sleeping habits.
The perfect solution then would be one that would allow a side sleeper to maintain their natural sleep position without the fear of back and shoulder pain. If only such a solution existed…
It does not need to be one anymore though. What if I told you that there is a solution that could allow you to sleep peacefully with your earplugs? You get relief from unwanted noises and no ear discomfort whatsoever.