Here’s how to cure it.
What causes ear pain when sleeping?
Ear pain when sleeping can be caused by a multitude of factors. It may be that you have an infection, Eustachian tube dysfunction or other such malady which may need medical intervention. While uncommon, such conditions are not unknown and this article is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. However, for ear pain which is not caused by an easily identifiable problem, the issue may lie with you in bed at night – your pillow.
A conventional pillow makes no allowances for your ear. As a flat surface, however soft, a pillow squashes your ear against it and subjects it to both pressure and friction throughout the night. Over time this can damage the skin and cartilage of the ear.
The worst-case scenario is that CNH ear (Chondrodermatitisnodularischronicahelicis) develops. This is an ear pressure sore which is difficult to treat without removing the source of pressure and thereby addressing the root cause of the problem. It’s a simple solution – removing the source of pressure – but is difficult to achieve in practice. Everybody must sleep and each night an affected person lays their head on the pillow they exacerbate the problem. The ear heals throughout the day and all that good work is undone at night.
Not everyone develops CNH ear. It is most common in the elderly and habitual side-sleepers, however everyone can develop some kind of ear pain when sleeping. The solution is the same in any case.
What is to be done?
How can a person sleep while simultaneously not put their ear on a pillow? Do they have to sleep standing up? The solution is simple – put a hole in the pillow! Specially made ear pain pillows such as The Original Pillow With A Hole™give your ear space to breathe and heal. Such pillows are soft, comfortable and supportive.
If you have already developed a pressure sore then a pillow with a hole will certainly fix it. Typically it takes between one and two weeks for pressure sores to resolve. If you have ever suffered from CNH, or are suffering now, you will know how astounding this is.
Where can I find one?
You can find an ear pain pillow on their website