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Old 24th August 2010, 11:42 PM
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What is the best sleeping position and why especially for an S shaped curve ?
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Old 25th August 2010, 05:27 AM
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Hello and Welcome to SSO. Every case of scoliosis is different so if there are 2000 people with scoliosis I'd bet that no two ways of that 2000 sleeping is exactly alike either. For the record, I have a huge upper curve and sleep on my side with curve under me and special pillow because I have no neck. I cannot breathe when lying on my left side and I swear it makes my heart chug. I fidget and move around alot. My husband says he sometimes feels like The Green Bay Packers are in our bed. I also have to stay on the Bipap machine.
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Old 25th August 2010, 09:05 AM
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You have to find what works for you, for the last two weeks i have been sleeping on the living room floor on my back, with a folded towel under the curve of my lower back, the best sleep i have had in a long time.
This works for me but everyone is different, so this might not work for anyone else.
Its what YOU are comfortable with.
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Old 25th August 2010, 12:16 PM
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I'm with the others. Sleep however is comfortable. I lie on my front with my left arm under my sternum to stretch myself out. I can't breath on my left side either.
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Old 29th September 2010, 06:12 PM
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Hi Jean,
Really interested to read your story. I also have kyphoscoliosis and 2 curves that were around the 60 degree pre-surgery. I had a lot of pain and deterioration, hence the surgery. Biggest decision of my life to go ahead! Still in pain and possibly more surgery to come.
To get to the point, how's your pain? Are you glad you didn't opt for surgery? Well, that's enough for now...sorry!

ps sleeping comfortably comes with a Clonazepam!
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Old 23rd October 2010, 09:15 PM
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I sleep on my back with a special pillow. Most important to me is getting enough air.
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Old 25th January 2011, 02:20 PM
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Has a tempur-pedic (memory foam) mattress been of help to anyone? I don't think my old futon is doing me any good, and it sounds like having my back supported better during the night might help.
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Old 25th January 2011, 03:12 PM
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I find that although i can fall asleep in lots of positions, if I dont ensure I am in a well supported one, especially my neck - I can wake up feeling like I havent had any rest... For me on my side, pillow inbetween my legs, hugging my teddy bear (its the rights shape) and preferably with my lovely warm bf cuddled up behind (body warmth) - Best sleep ever
Basically like the others have said - keep trying till you find what works for you.
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Old 25th January 2011, 04:24 PM
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I know a lot of people here find the tempur mattress wonderful, personally I find it difficult to turn over on these mattresses as it moulds to your shape. I would definately recommend trying one out before buying because they are very expensive!!

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Default Re: What is the best sleeping position and why

They're definitely harder to turn over on than a normal mattress, but I wouldn't be without my tempur mattress. We've got the Deluxe, which is a bit softer than the normal ones, and I don't think I'd want a harder one - suspect that it would be harder to get out of the dip when it had moulded! Also, not that this is likely to apply to many people, the Deluxe at least is not recommended for people over about 18 stones.
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Old 25th January 2011, 10:33 PM
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I have the Tempur deluxe too and find it comfortable as it has some extra softness on the top. It does take a little more effort to move around in or get out of, but worth it for the way it supports and accommodates my odd shaped back. Oh, and it never needs turning!
Tempur used to do a 60 night home trial so you could test it out and see if suited you, might be worth a look. Although you can find them cheaper from other online stores.
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Just an odd question I have as my daughter currently sleeps on her stomach. After her surgery will she be able to sleep on her stomach again? This is something she has wondered aloud on a number of occasions. Just wondered if anyone has any insights on this. Lu
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Old 26th January 2011, 07:04 PM
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Just an odd question I have as my daughter currently sleeps on her stomach. After her surgery will she be able to sleep on her stomach again? This is something she has wondered aloud on a number of occasions. Just wondered if anyone has any insights on this. Lu
I used to sleep on my back as a kid, and then I started to notice it hurt my lower back as I got older. I'm told it can hyper-extend that area, so I have stopped ever since. It might be hard for her to change her patterns, but I think it'd be a good idea to switch no matter what.
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Old 26th January 2011, 08:10 PM
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Just an odd question I have as my daughter currently sleeps on her stomach. After her surgery will she be able to sleep on her stomach again? This is something she has wondered aloud on a number of occasions. Just wondered if anyone has any insights on this. Lu
Hi Lu,
In my experience she won't be allowed to sleep on her stomach immeadiately following surgery and for sometime afterwards, particularly until she is fused, after that I believe it is down to personal preference, although I was told not to sleep on my stomach anymore, that may just be for my back, as it were.
I used to sleep on my stomach all the time as a child up until my surgery aged 15, I can't actually comfortably lay on my stomach anymore, so your daughter might find this also
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Old 26th January 2011, 10:14 PM
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Hi,
These guys are doing an amazing job by helping to position children with celebral palsy, scoliosis and other conditions that change children's body shape at night for the most comfortable and beneficial sleep.
Contact Sarah Hill for more questions.
http://www.posturalcareskills.com/how.php
They will be coming to our house soon to find the best sleeping position for Jessie whilst she sleeps with her brace on.
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