Ear pain can be a frustrating experience for just about anyone. Aside from the pain and discomfort, it can be so irritating that it causes sleepless nights, leaving you tired and annoyed. Common causes of ear pain include injury, infection, external sources of irritation, or even pain that is referred from another part of the body (such as the teeth).
One external source of pain could be the presence of a new piercing. The problem lies in the fact that is virtually impossible to sleep in a way where no contact is made between your ear and pillow. The fact that the overwhelming majority of people prefer sleeping on their side (74%) than their stomach (16%) or back (10%), means that the ear is subject to a source of constant irritation. This is ill-advised for new piercings that need adequate time to heal. Additionally, the pain can prevent sleep. Prolonged sleep deprivation can give rise to a myriad of serious, long-term health problems including high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, diabetes, or stroke. It can also obesity, depression, impaired immunity, and a decreased sex drive. In short, this seemingly small problem can cause many other serious ones.
However, you do not have to sacrifice sleep for piercings. There is a simple solution that exists that can allow you to have peaceful nights.