- "Suspended Animation"
Getting used to sleeping
at night is probably one of the toughest things for a new halovest wearer.
I also found that it was the single biggest question people had;
"How do you sleep at night?"
"Like a baby, I sleep for an hour, cry for an hour, sleep for an hour..."
For you that may be the case,
but you will get used to it in time as you join the ranks and become a
"HaloVeteran". Here are some practical suggestions to ease the discomfort and
get a good night's rest.
A "bed wedge" or "angle pillow"
can be a lifesaver. The high end of the wedge sits flat against the headboard
and it angles down to the mattress, mimicking a hospital bed. It
may be used in two positions; one for sitting up in bed, and the other
for lying down at a comfortable angle. Bed wedges are available at medical
supply stores and pharmacies with medical supply departments.
Another less expensive option
is to use two pillows to prop up the halo from the bed. The halo is allowed
to rest horizontally on top of the pillows, while your shoulder is touching the bed.
To get into that position,
sit on the edge of the bed, put down two pillows, and then put your arm
across your body to ease you down onto the bed. The two pillows help to
keep your neck straighter while you sleep, and you wake up without a stiff
neck (well, stiffer than it already is)! This is the method that I personally
used, and found it to work great.
You can try sleeping on your
back with a pillow between your head and the bed wedge or stacked pillows.
The pillow conforms around the halo's rods and can feel more natural than
sleeping with only the wedge or other pillows beneath you.
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