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Well, I'm not doing it right. I've always had difficulty getting comfortable in bed in the neck/head area, so pretty much every night I embed my arms under the pillow to prop it up a bit for my weary knackered old head.
It used to be occasional, but now pretty much every night I wake up with at least one paralysed arm. (Paralysed, not parallelised those who are immediately thinking of contention and deadlock). [Replace 's' with 'z' for dialects using compromised version of language]
Of course it passes in a minute or so when the blood returns, but it's weird picking up a heavy limp arm with the hand of the other. Get it wrong and it slaps you in the face.
So, is this common? Anyone else get this?
And crucially, where do you place you arms in readiness for overnight batch processing?
Been there, done that. At least one of my arms usually go under the pillow, but it also depends on the season. I would like to train myself to sleep in a better position, but it can be pretty difficult after sleeping a certain way for all these years.
Have you thought about getting some of those fancy pillows, memory foam or the ones endorsed by NASA? I think your pillow is the problem as you should not need to put your arms under your pillow (thus the numb arms).
Just a thought...
BTW, I changed out my pillow to a run of the mill memory foam pillow and it has improved my sleep (head and neck support).
Yes, I have one of those - big heavy thing it is. Prior to that I'd always use two pillows doubled up but would still need the addition of an arm or two.
I am fairly wide across the shoulders, so it might just be I need a wider pillow. But the thing about arms is they don't compress. Perhaps I'll stick that big book on WPF I've got under it and try that.
I used to have similar problems, but not as severe. The neck, shoulders and arms simply hurt and felt stiff or strained. The 'mechanical' part of the problem was the matress, which started to sag in the middle and forced me into an uncomfortable position when I slid into that 'hole' during the night.
I'm fairly barrel chested and sleep on my side, used to sleep almost exclusively on the left because of heartburn and then one arm up under the pillow to prop it up as you described. Would wake up with that arm completely numb from time to time.
Started getting back and neck pain so I went in to see a chiropractor to snap everything back in place. Turned out that I had been sleeping like that for so long that my shoulders were slanted to one side and my hips to the other. Had to get all my suits and pants tailored to adjust for it.
After trying a bunch of different pillows and throwing them away, I finally spent about $150 on a modular pillow, is a goose down shell with a memory foam core. Probably about 6" thick to support my head. Also had to retrain myself to sleep with my arm at my side, crossed over and resting on the opposite waist.
Problem is that I go through one of those pillows every 6-8 months because I crush it between my shoulder and wall when I sleep.
I've done that; I've also gotten a torn rotator cuff on one shoulder. This is about a decade ago. I fixed that one by sleeping on the other side, with subsequent torn rotator cuff on the other shoulder. I've since learned to sleep with pillow propped up and arms to the side (elbow in front of nose). I've worked on my shoulders, and they have improved somewhat but I have trouble throwing a ball straight.
Coming from the highway, I just had a BMW with the sign 'Microsoft Car Sharing' attempting to do something that resembles driving in front of my nose.
That reminded me of something I read here years ago:
Owning a BMW does not always make you a wanker, it just means you will become one!
Does that also apply to Microsoft Car Sharing? Do the cars require you to close all windows and restart all the time? Do they hijack you to their garage when they want to get updates? Do you need a Microsoft account to get in?