Sleepless in Houston or How To Lay Like a Corpse
No, I am NOT going to become one of those whiners and complainers due to a debilitating physical condition. Besides, I spent plenty of blog time on that condition in my previous blog, here.
So instead I must ask you a very personal question and I am not trying to be fresh. What position do you prefer in bed?
I am questioning your sleeping pose, for any of you with thoughts in the gutter! In other words, how do you sleep – in what position?
Prior to injuring my neck, I slept in the womb position – curled on the side, without a thought to my neck’s positioning. Many nights I would curl to the opposite side after a brief period of wakefulness, but again, this was my true sleep position: lying on the side of my body, head and legs curled in.
Due to a herniated disc in my neck that is still healing with continued therapy, I must lay flat on my back with my neck and head propped into a pillow with a neck hump – the better to support the neck.
This is NOT a natural position for me, laying like a corpse. So it is difficult to sleep. Even if I am dead tired, I will fall asleep in that position, only to awaken a few hours later with my legs and body trying to curl to the side. When I get a twinge in my neck for doing that, I correct back into the corpse position and lay awake until I can doze off again.
And on and on it goes, night after night.
I can’t say I am losing sleep due to pain or discomfort any more from the injury. Now I am only losing sleep because my body’s natural sleep position is disturbed and I am uncomfortable in that respect.
I haven’t had a solid night’s sleep in over a month and it is bound to cause some crankiness. (Well that and the hectic, stressful pace I had to zoom back into the moment I arrived home from vacation.)
Some people are okay with just a few hours of solid sleep. I have to say, that is not me. I tend to binge on coffee, and run around red and wild eyed for the day. And then I am ready to crash for bed at 8 pm, but of course can’t because there is so much still to do!
So my question today, dear readers – is HOW to train my body into accepting a new sleep position? My fragile neck is not going away any time soon, so laying flat on my back will be required for a long period of time.
I hate to start with sleeping pills, but I am almost there. Any ideas or suggestions? Sign me: Sleepless in Houston.