Shoulder Pain At Night: Should I Worry?


It should be the most comforting part of the day, when you finally lie down to get some rest. Suddenly, you have shoulder pains that make you unable to get good rest, or, at the very worst, make you unable to sleep at all. Should you immediately have it looked at?

Normal factors

Not all shoulder pains are serious, or may have serious underlying issues. In many cases, the shoulder pain may be due to a pinched nerve or a bad sleeping position. All that is needed for this sort of case would be a bed whose properties are approved by a doctor, and probably some relaxation techniques that can affect how one moves during the night. If all else fails, then lifestyle changes can be done, such as exercising, which will make sure that the sufferer won’t toss and turn at night.

Medical reasons

When your shoulder pain becomes a regular part of your life when you try to get some sleep at night, then you have to consider the following possibilities:

Strain or overexertion

– It doesn’t matter if you you’re in shape or not. What has happened is that your shoulder muscles have been stretched to the point where you have injured the muscle tissue itself, or, worse, other tissues in the surrounding area.

This could have been caused by one action where you ended up overstraining your muscles to the limit, or it could be because of repetitive actions that could end with unique stress injuries to the joints.

You may also have to see if your own posture is causing undue strain on your body, which then turns into sensations of pain when you’re resting at night.



– Alternatively, you may also have had impact-related injuries that may have caused tissue inflammation all around. This can lead to a few days, or even weeks of recovery as the inflammation goes down and the soft tissue repairs itself.

A related injury could be because of a dislocation. The dislocation does not necessarily have to happen during the night. However, if you have dislocated your shoulder in an event earlier in the day, then even if you feel okay, your rest at night will bring out some of the aches and pains from that.

It’s possible the impact may have created hairline fractures that may undergo stress when you put your body in an untoward position while you are sleeping.

Other serious reasons

– If you haven’t had any impact injuries, and you’re relatively sure that you haven’t had strain injuries, then it’s time to visit specialists who can look at your shoulder. Serious medical conditions include abnormal bone growths, degenerative diseases that can affect the bone, muscle, and connective tissue, pinched nerves that may need serious medical attention and even tumors that can be growing and crowing out the muscles in your shoulder area.

Always observe how your shoulder’s position or your own body’s position at night affects the pain. That way, your doctor will have a better idea of what’s going on, before checking you for more serious maladies.