When you sleep in your aspect, you possible know this state of affairs all too effectively: you’ve got been sleeping for hours along with your arm wedged beneath your head. Possibly you get up with a numb arm each now and again, or a brilliant stiff neck.

In accordance with Bhopal, that is no coincidence; “Sleeping in your arm could cause shoulder and neck pain by compressing the nerves within the shoulders and misalignment of the pinnacle and the backbone,” she says. This could result in that numb or tingling sensation within the arms and arms, and over time, she provides it may additionally result in tendinitis within the rotator cuff. (Ow.)

Particularly, Bhopal notes these with a historical past of shoulder accidents or nerve impingement ought to positively keep away from sleeping with their arm below their head, particularly on the aspect of the harm.