My mother always used to nap in the same exact position....on her right side, all curled up in a tight little ball, with her robe covering her completely. She slept on her "good" ear. And she never moved! She never tossed or turned from that position until she woke up. I don't know if she moved around more at night, but at nap time (and she liked naps), it never changed. I used to wonder how she could be so still while she slept!
I, on the other hand, am usually all over the place....until recently that is. I have noticed lately that I will fairly frequently have an unusual pain in my shoulder or my neck when I wake up in the morning. It will be really stiff and painful and it feels like I haven't moved all night. And it is happening more and more.
In and of itself, that wouldn't be so bad, except that I have somehow injured my left shoulder (maybe the rotator cuff?) and I am having really sharp stabbing pain if I try to lift my arm over my head. I have no idea what I did or how it happened, it just did!
Because I am a firm believer in the if-I-ignore-it-it-will-go-away school of medical care, I haven't gone to the doctor or had an x-ray or seen a physical therapist. I do a few simple stretches throughout the day and that seems to make it a little better until the next time I forget and quickly reach up for some reason. Then it is a BIG OUCH!
Last night was another of those nights where I'm not sure I moved all night. It sure doesn't feel like it! My left arm, shoulder, and neck were practically impossible to move this morning....well, for a few minutes anyway! It's a little better now, but there is a residual ache remaining. Sigh....this getting old thing is getting to be a royal pain....literally!
When I think back to my mom's sleep pattern now, I think that in one more way, I am slowly turning into my mother! Nevertheless, as much as I love and miss her, this is sure one trait that I wish would just pass me right by!!