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How To Sleep With Tennis Elbow? 5 Key Tips

Are you tossing and turning at night, trying to find a comfortable position for your aching elbow?

Tennis elbow can be a relentless pain that not only disrupts your daily activities but also invades your nights, making restful sleep seem like a distant dream.

I get it—sleep is crucial for your overall health, and when you’re deprived, every aspect of your life can suffer.

But the good news is, you’ve come to the right place.

This blog is designed to help you understand tennis elbow better and provide actionable tips to improve your sleep quality despite the pain.

Understanding Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition caused by overuse of the forearm muscles, leading to inflammation and micro-tears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow.

While it’s commonly associated with tennis players due to the repetitive motion of the backhand swing, it can affect anyone engaging in activities that require repetitive wrist and arm movements.

This includes painters, plumbers, carpenters, and even desk workers who type for long periods.

The pain from the tennis elbow can radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist, making it difficult to perform simple tasks like lifting a cup of coffee or shaking hands.

If left untreated, the condition can worsen, leading to chronic pain and a significant reduction in grip strength.

The discomfort and pain can also disrupt your sleep, creating a vicious cycle where lack of rest further impedes your body’s ability to heal.

How To Sleep With Tennis Elbow? 5 Key Tips

Tip #1: Use a Supportive Brace or Splint

One of the most effective ways to manage tennis elbow pain at night is by using a supportive brace or splint.

Wearing a brace helps keep your elbow in a neutral position, reducing the strain on the inflamed tendons.

This support can prevent unnecessary movements that might aggravate the pain while you sleep.

Look for a brace that provides both compression and support without being too restrictive, allowing for some comfort and flexibility.

Tip #2: Elevate Your Arm

Elevation is a simple yet powerful technique to reduce swelling and pain in your elbow.

When you lie down, gravity can cause fluids to pool around the injured area, increasing inflammation.

By elevating your arm with pillows, you can promote better blood flow and reduce swelling.

Try to keep your arm elevated above the level of your heart to achieve the best results.

This position not only alleviates pain but also helps in faster recovery by improving circulation.

Tip #3: Apply Ice Before Bed

Applying ice to the affected area before bed can help numb the pain and reduce inflammation, making it easier to fall asleep.

Use an ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth to avoid direct contact with your skin and apply it to your elbow for 15-20 minutes.

The cold therapy can provide temporary relief from the throbbing pain, allowing you to relax and drift off more comfortably.

Remember to avoid falling asleep with the ice pack on, as prolonged exposure can cause frostbite.

Tip #4: Adjust Your Sleeping Position

Your sleeping position can significantly impact the level of pain you experience at night.

If you typically sleep on your side, try to avoid lying on the affected arm. Instead, sleep on your back with your arm supported by pillows.

This position can help keep your elbow straight and prevent further irritation.

If you’re a side sleeper, use a body pillow to support your upper arm and reduce the strain on your elbow.

Finding the right position might take some experimentation, but it’s worth it for a good night’s sleep.

Tip #5: Incorporate Gentle Stretching and Exercises

While it might seem counterintuitive to exercise before bed, incorporating gentle stretching and exercises can actually help alleviate pain and improve sleep quality.

Stretching the forearm muscles can relieve tension in the tendons and promote healing.

Try wrist extensions and flexions, or gently stretch your arm by holding it straight out and pulling your fingers back with the other hand.

These exercises can improve flexibility and reduce stiffness, making it easier to find a comfortable sleeping position.

Living with tennis elbow can be challenging, but with the right strategies, you can manage the pain and reclaim your nights.

Implement these tips to improve your sleep quality and support your body’s natural healing process.

Swing Without Tennis Elbow With The Help Of Berman PT

Don’t let tennis elbow hold you back from enjoying life! At Berman PT, we’re committed to restoring your mobility and helping you return to a life free from discomfort.

Take advantage of our expertise and discover how our tailored treatment plans can revolutionize your recovery process.

Bid farewell to the relentless pain that overshadows your days and embrace a treatment plan designed specifically for your needs.

Dive deep with us as we explore the root causes of your discomfort and tailor a strategy that directly addresses your tennis elbow pain.

This isn’t merely a treatment; it’s a pivotal change toward regaining your well-being and joy.

Get in touch with us today and start your journey to a pain-free life by calling us at (239) 431-0232

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Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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