A Beginner’s Guide to Sleeping with a Broken Humerus

Broken bones are a common issue that people face, and it is essential to take proper care of them. Sleeping with a broken humerus can be challenging as it may cause discomfort and pain. In this blog post, we will discuss some effective tips on how to sleep with a broken humerus.

What is a Broken Humerus?

Before we dive into the tips on sleeping with a broken humerus, let’s understand what it means. The humerus bone is located in the upper arm between the shoulder joint and elbow joint. A fracture or break in this bone due to an injury or fall results in the condition known as a broken humerus.

Symptoms of Broken Humerus

The symptoms of a broken humerus vary depending on the severity of the injury. Some common signs include:

  • Pain when moving your arm
  • Tenderness around the affected area
  • Swelling and bruising around your arm
  • Inability to move your arm normally

Tips for Sleeping with Broken Humerus:

Adequate restful sleep is necessary for quick recovery from any injury; however, sleeping comfortably while having severe pain can be difficult, especially if you have suffered from injuries related to shoulders or arms like fractured/broken bones.


Elevating your injured arm above heart level using pillows could help reduce swelling and increase blood flow that helps alleviate pain caused by such kinds of injuries.

Anesthesia/ Painkillers:

You might require prescription medication (pain killers & muscle relaxants) which would dull down nerve signals resulting in lesser sensation around affected parts helping you doze off peacefully without too much discomfort.

Sleeping Position:

It is essential to find a comfortable sleeping position that reduces pain and provides support for your arm. Avoid lying on the side with the broken humerus. Sleeping on your back with pillows under the injured arm may provide optimal comfort.

Use Pillows:

Using multiple pillows to support your head, neck, and shoulder can aid in keeping you comfortable throughout the night. Place a cushion or two under the affected elbow/arm while sleeping to prevent any sudden movement of it, which could cause discomfort.

Soothing Music/White Noise:

Sometimes playing soft music or white noise (fan sound) could help relax and divert attention from pain allowing you to fall asleep faster.


Sleeping comfortably after suffering from a broken humerus might require some extra effort compared to regular nights; however by following these tips mentioned above & consulting medical professionals regarding medication dosage/timings before bed can go a long way towards making sleepless painful nights into comfortably restful ones. Always remember – Rest is an essential component of healing process, so focus on getting adequate restful sleep & speedy recovery will follow!