Comfortable, adjective:

1. (of clothing, furniture, etc.) producing or affording physical comfort, support, or ease:
a comfortable chair; comfortable shoes;

2. being in a state of physical or mental comfort; contented and undisturbed; at ease:
I don’t feel comfortable in the same room with her.

Brainy quotes on Comfort

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Coco Chanel

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” John F. Kennedy

“If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.” Robert De Niro

“I’ll never feel comfortable taking a strong drink, and I’ll never feel easy smoking a cigarette. I just don’t think those things are right for me.” Elvis Presley

“Don’t get too comfortable with who you are at any given time – you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be.” Jon Bon Jovi

Let’s get comfortable?

For a chronic pain patient, getting comfortable is easier said than done. Standing, sitting, kneeling, bending over, laying down… when you’re in constant pain, none of these positions offer comfort, especially for any length of time.

Which brings me to a medical condition that I’ve created — and, as it happens, also diagnosed myself with — Sleep Ambivalence.

I didn’t choose to spend my life in constant pain, but I’d like to choose how much time I spend away from that pain — whether it be with drugs, or in sleep. Legal/prescription drugs are no longer available for me to treat and manage the pain, and right now, legal cannabis isn’t either.

So, I’m left with sleep… (Plus aspirin and sugar, of course.)

But staying in one position for hours is something I pay for when I wake up — added stiffness and increased head pain are always awaiting me, no matter how much rest I get.

Most people can choose to sleep in multiple positions — on your back, stomach, or either side. (And there are combinations :D) I have limited range of motion in my neck, so sleeping on my stomach hasn’t been an option for quite awhile. For some reason, it’s more uncomfortable to sleep on my back, with the added pressure of the back of my head against the pillow, than to sleep on either side.

I’m a TMJ patient with constant jaw pain, with only two options for sleeping positions — the left or right side. Bummer.

So, I’m suffering from Sleep Ambivalence.  (Registered trademark)  (Just kidding.)

I’m also suffering from the lack of an ability to be… comfortable.”  (Medical term coming soon.)

My kingdom for some comfort!
Sleep… because it’s comfortable.
Sleep: Not just for healthy people anymore.
Ah, the luxury of comfort…

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