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ACDF scheduled Sleeping Positions side or back

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have my ACDF C4 to C6 scheduled for October 16th. I was wondering when I will be able to sleep on my side again? I am going to move my tv so that I can see it when I lay on my back and I wont have to turn my head. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks Tammie


  • Tammy,

    From my experience I found sleeping on back much easier, in almost a sitting position. Many find sleeping is easier in a recliner. However if you don't have one you can use pillows in your bed to make that position work out. Check out a wedge pillow.
  • I found that sleeping on my side was better for me (other than the first night when i was unable to roll over). Found sleeping on back with neck brace awkward.

    I also preferred watching tv on my side from either bed or couch. propped several down pillows up to get comfortable.
  • Hi,

    I spent my first night on my back, which I hate by morning I asked a nurse if I could lay on my side, she said sure. I am a side sleeper and wished I had asked during the first night so I didn't have to suffer as I did. I also found sleeping in my recliner for the first four weeks helped also. I tried a wedge pillow in my bed but it was way too hard and I went back to the recliner.

    Good luck and recover soon.

  • I took every pillow on the bed, my husband now hates me, and piled them under me. I never liked alot of pillows under me but this is the only way I can sleep. I am a side sleeper anyways and placing the pillows all around me and under me for extra loft seems to help. I still don't sleep alot yet.

    Good luck. Its simply what works best for ya.
  • I guess it depends if you have a hard collar. I could not get on my side in the hard collar it was just impossible. But as soon as the collar was off I was back to sleeping on my side.
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