No one told me that after having shoulder surgery I would have problems sleeping. I wish they had.
Maybe I should have guessed it because I am a side sleeper…but I thought that I would still be able to sleep on my left side since surgery was on the right side. It doesn’t work though because my arm hangs slightly and is uncomfortable for a short while and then starts to just hurt. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from trying it most nights.
I’m just not a back sleeper. I’ve tried some tricks though: putting a pillow under my knees makes it a little more confortable and I can halfway lay on my left side and lean against another pillow so that my arm/shoulder is supported by the rest of my body. Both of those only last so long.
I also used to be the type of person who falls asleep very quickly. I lay down, close my eyes, then fall asleep. If it took more than 5 minutes, it was a rough night for me. Also, I would rarely wake up in the middle of the night. Now it takes me awhile (closer to 20 to 30 minutes or more) to fall asleep and I wake up at least once in the middle of the night. Yes, I’m going to bed later and sleeping later than usual – but that doesn’t justify waking up at 3am for no apparent reason.
I’m optimistic that once I get my sling off and I start physical therapy that I will be able to go back to sleeping on my right side. And I have tried it, but it’s way too painful. Maybe in a few weeks…