Sometimes when I sleep on my side, I wake up with terrific ear pain from my ear cartilage being crushed against the pillow overnight. Is there something I can use to protect my ear from being crushed overnight?
Use a feather pillow. The pillow can be shaped with one hand so that there is a slight depression under your ear. This removes the pressure on your ear.
In addition, it you sleep with one hand cupped under the ear, that lessens the pressure too, because the hand is naturally shaped that way. The heel of your hand is taking the weight of your cheek bone, instead of the ear pressing against the pillow.
The easy solution is to wear any kind of sleeping cap, provided that it keeps your ears near your skull. You might even create one yourself if you are into it, pretty much nobody will see it anyway :)
Alternatively, even though more difficult, is to train yourself to either:
- not sleep on the ear;
- be careful during sleep, when you turn from one side to another, to not crush your ear.
The training actually means that you keep this information to your mind:
- especially before going to sleep, until you actually fall asleep;
- during night, when you occasionally wake up, remember to take care of your ears (e.g., when you turn from one side to another).
Even though you will not be aware of it, the "programming" will work even when you sleep.