Sleeping in my brace

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mlj10839
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Sleeping in my brace

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Hi girls I am Mackenna I am new to the forum And I have had my Boston brace for a few days now. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to sleep comfortably in the brace. Because I can not seem to get comfortable.
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Hello! It's nice to meet you! I'm Izobel, and I've had my brace for almost a year and a half. Sleeping was quite hard for me when I got my brace. Some things that helped me are sleeping on my back or on my side because it's most comfortable. I sometimes will put a pillow underneath my knees, which can help. It takes some time to get used to the brace, and sleeping in it - and I promise after a week or two your brace will get more flexible, and it won't be uncomfortable anymore. I also use this cream called arnica (here's some on amazon - https://www.amazon.com/T-Relief-Strengt ... 61&sr=8-11 ) before I go to bed, and that helps my brace to be more comfortable. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)
izobel
2nd Boston brace
curves ~ 19 and 36
"stay afraid, but do it anyway."
mlj10839
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Thank you so much!!!!!
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mlj10839 wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 10:56 am Thank you so much!!!!!
No problem! :)
izobel
2nd Boston brace
curves ~ 19 and 36
"stay afraid, but do it anyway."
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Hi, and welcome, Mackenna! I have a brace that I only need to wear at night so I can definetely give you advice for good positions and pillow layouts. I can also promise that it gets better! The first night with my brace I didn't sleep at all, but even two weeks after I got it, I was sleeping the whole night!

First I'd recommend a pillow under your knees like Izobel recommended or because of my brace's shape I like one under my butt. Sometimes when my torso doesn't feel like it has enough support I put a more flat pillow under my back for that tiny bit of padding.

Also getting a body pillow or large stuffed animal to hug. I have a large-ish stuffed animal seal named Sealie, and I always hug her when I'm in bed which gives my hands something to hold onto and my brain something else to think about.

Third, maybe drink some chamomile tea or warm milk before bed. Or some other relaxing tea. It just in general helps you sleep better and that's a help.

Next, make sure you're comfortable before getting into bed and in bed. Go to the bathroom, drink any water if you're thirsty, have a water bottle next to you on your night table, anything that makes you feel comfortable.

Last, take it slow! I started wearing my first brace (a boston brace, 23/7) pretty loose and the first day for only an hour. The second day I wore it for 2 hours and the third for 3. After a week my mom started totighten it just a bit when she was helping me put it on so after the second week in my boston brace it was as tight as it could go and i was used to it that way too.

Of course when the charleston brace arrived and I couldnt wear it while standing because of how I was leaning over, wearing it for only 4 hours was a bit hard... On the first day I wore it an hour whole being held up by 4 pillows and while reading on the sofa, but the second day I just wore it the whole night. But luckily you can add up to a whole night's worth of wearing your brace. You totally got this, girl!

Anyway, hope this helps. And we're all here for you!!
👋 Zeeta ❤️😘
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Oliviaosis
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Hey welcome Mackenna, we are glad to have you.

What I did when I first got my brace, I would get a pillow, and I put it under my arm, so I could sleep comfortably. Also putting blankets might help.
Olivia
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Welcome Mackenna! Since you have only been wearing your brace for a few days, I recommend to take it slowly. Baby steps. When I first got my brace I was still getting used to it so I would do a little more hours each few days, and a little tighter once I got more used to it. I didn't start sleeping with it the whole night until like the 2nd or 3rd week. Something that definitely helps is pillows, on your side or wherever you want. I would substitute a normal pillow for a body pillow and like hug it, but my body pillow actually came TODAY, so I'm excited to try it out and see if it helps. I'll tell you tomorrow how it is! Also you can try drinking something that will soothe you before you go to bed. I don't know if you like warm tea's or anything but that's something you can look into. It actually makes you pretty sleepy! Or warm milk, hot cocoa, etc. And this can be pretty weird and doesn't always have to be if you're wearing a brace or not, but when I can't go to sleep I count back from 100. Yeah... I know.. but it helps sometimes! :) And that's pretty much everything I've got, but me, and the rest of the curvy girls will try our best to make wearing your brace in the beginning better! You got this girl!! It can be tough, but you can get through it! Know that it will get better. Let us know if you have any other questions, we're here to help! 💛
Abby
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45 degree curve
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I sleep by getting a pregnancy body pillow since it has a pillow on it, and putting one of the legs in between my legs. Also, if you really dont want to sleep that night with it on, take it off! Breaks are good! And plus, you are new to the brace! Hope this helped!
Caroline
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Lumbar 13 degrees
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Abby18 wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 8:23 pm Welcome Mackenna! Since you have only been wearing your brace for a few days, I recommend to take it slowly. Baby steps.
I forgot to mention that Abby, but I definitely agree! I also have multiple stomach-related medical issues, and it took me two whole months to make it through the whole night with the brace on!
izobel
2nd Boston brace
curves ~ 19 and 36
"stay afraid, but do it anyway."
mlj10839
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Thank you so much
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