I've had my pacemaker for a while and really love it.   I have so much energy and feel like I am 10 years younger.   I do have a problem that I am looking for suggestions.   I am a side sleeper and it doesn't matter which side I sleep on because my shoulder eventually collapses and the pacemaker really pinches.   I'm concerned about possible injury and also asking if anyone also has this problem and what do you do to make sleep a little easier?


Side seeper

by AgentX86 - 2019-11-25 23:21:29

I see your implant was this year.  How long ago?  It can take some months before everything is back to normal (eight for me). I slept in a recliner for two months, after that I could sleep on my stomach but I had a hand under the left side of my chest so the PM was raised off the bed.  It's my usual position even now (keeps my hands warm ;-), though I can lay on either side or back without a problem other than not sleeping.

The Perfect Sleep Aid

by Swangirl - 2019-11-26 00:27:53

I have a memory foam horseshoe shaped pillow, the kind you get at the airport to use on a plane.  When you sleep on your side it slips between your head and shoulder perfectly and positions you comfortably.  It works for sleeping on your back but not so well if you roll over on your stomach.  I got it because I had neck issues.  I made some cotton covers for it so I can keep it washed up.  


by Pacemaker_Sally - 2019-11-26 16:03:27

I find it helpful to hug a firm pillow when I sleep on my side. It helps keep my shoulders square. It is also important to have the neck correctly supported and depending on the length of your collarbone, you might need a pillow plus the airplane pillow someone suggested earlier. 

The Pacemaker Pinch

by Violet West - 2019-11-26 18:05:04

I agree with the posters who mention pillows.  I have a twisty roll-type pillow you can position any way you want.  I got on Amazon and I love it.  I use it quite a few ways, but for the side sleeper in me, I tuck it between my shoulder and my neck to separate them, so the angle is not so acute, aleviating the Pacemaker Pinch. 

Not sure if the link will work, but --  

Twist Memory Foam Pillow:


On your back

by doublehorn48 - 2019-11-26 19:59:05

I get, and I'm sure a lot of people do, a news letter from the Cleveland Clinic.  The recent one said that sleeping on your back was the best position when sleeping.  I wasn't a back position sleeper, but due to surgery that was the only position I could sleep.  If you're tired enough you can sleep on your back.  It didn't take me long to get used to the different position.  I'm not trying  make lite of your problem.  Good luck on your sleep.


On your back

by AgentX86 - 2019-11-26 22:10:41

I can sleep on my back at first but the first time I wake during the night I can't get back to sleep on my back and end up staring at the ceiling the rest of the night.  I also risk excruciating leg cramps laying on my back.  A pillow under my knees helps but it usuall grows legs during the night and I'm back to risking leg cramps.

side sleeper

by dwelch - 2019-11-27 14:10:56

Im a side sleeper and I guess I am lucky after the first few weeks I can start to sleep on that side again.  I have allergies too so I have a stack of pillows to keep my head elevated so maybe thats the difference.  If I had to switch to back sleeping that would be game over, would just get a recliner I guess and sleep on that.  Good luck, sounds like pillows are the answer.

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