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Old 01-17-2007   #11
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I will second the suggestion for a waterbed. I sleep on a waterbed and have for over 30 years. I also have been through the dislocated shoulder scenario about 20 years ago. A waterbed is definitely superior to any normal mattress style bed for shoulder injuries, there's more give where you need it depending on how full you fill the bed which is what determines the softness and give of the bed while sleeping. Having a heater for it is mandatory which eliminates the need for a foam mattress pad, we use a pad that looks like a shaggy sheep hide, which gives your body the ability to breathe while asleep since the bed material is vinyl.


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Old 01-18-2007   #12
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I got a memory foam top for my bed about a year ago as a gift. Thought it was a weird gift coming from my parents. After the foam smell went away (about a month!), I've never slept better. I'm also a big fan of high quality down pillows too, not those foam blocks that wrench you neck.

You can get a queen size 2" foam topper for about $70 at overstock.com.


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Old 01-18-2007   #13
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I'll give a "hell yea" to the memory foam top idea.
I'm just barely one year post surgery and am technically all better. Still, if I woke up on the shoulder it would be sore the next day. I was almost ready to start bed shopping and decided to try a 2" memory foam top that I saw in Kmart. It was worth the $50. It worked quite well
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Old 01-20-2007   #14
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i would have to agree with the Count on a Denver Mattress Co. bed I have a monarch supreme king that wasn't that expensive for a king so if you don't need a bed that big it will be cheaper. I have rotator cuff tendinitis and my shoulder used to hurt all the time. I was sleeping on the bed that I was conceived in, gross huh. so I figured it was time to ante up and i have had no problems sleeping
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Old 01-22-2007   #15
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Both my arms tend to fall asleep when I sleep which I attibute to abused shoulders...I love my memeory foam but recently have noticed that when I sleep...I sleep on my side...if I slightly elevate my hand with a small pillow or whatever that my arm is much more comfortable. Not sure if that'll do anything for ya.

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Old 01-22-2007   #16
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Annie -- You didn't spell out what kind of injury you have. Bracing injuries are often dislocations, but it could be something else. I've had dislocation problems and have solved the issue (for a couple seasons now at least) by strengthening my deltoid (shoulder) muscles. The deltoid has three parts (or heads) -- anterior (front), lateral (middle), and posterior (back) -- and you want to make sure you work all three. Paddlers tend to have relatively strong posterior deltoids because that part of the deltoid is used in the paddle stroke. Sometimes the imbalance within the shoulder muscle can contribute to a dislocation. Before you start a strengthening program make sure your doc says it's a good idea.

A couple friends with back pain swear by the sleep number bed, but I don't know if that would help with your shoulder injury. Good luck!
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Old 01-22-2007   #17
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Shoulders/ arms/ hands falling asleep is probably from squishing or pincing on nerves. In addition to trying softer mattresses and pillow arrangements, I would emphasize a serious stretching routines. If I let my pecs get too tight and carry my shoulders too far forward, I can not sleep on my side. Once I get my chest opened up, I can sleep on my side again.

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Old 01-23-2007   #18
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I get better sleep on my paco pad in the back of my truck then on my $2000 Stearns & Foster mattress.

I've only been able to fall asleep lying flat on my back a couple times but but felt incredible when I woke up. Try training yourself to sleep like that.
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Old 01-23-2007   #19
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This alternative is cheap (120$) and has worked for me: a memory foam topper to put on your mattress.

Overstock foam topper

My case was very mild though, so I have no idea if this would help someone with a more severe back problem...
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Old 01-25-2007   #20
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Thanks to all! I injured my left rotator cuff - active release treatment did a great job of healing it (but yes, I need to do my stretches which I've been neglecting!), along with massages. I think I will try a foam pad. I'm using a camping LL Bean foam pad now (idea I had around the time I initially posted) and it's been comfortable...but it's supposed to be camping gear so I think I'll buy a foam pad, and down the road spend the money on a new mattress.

Thanks again and enjoy!

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