Chest pain can be the result of medical issues that are present inside your chest cavity or in other parts of your body, which can be exacerbated while you are sleeping.
Common Causes of Pain While Sleeping
The most typical reasons for chest pain that occur while you are asleep include:
- Injury to the Chest Wall. If the muscles and bones of your chest wall have been strained or injured in some way, any type of movement of your torso can cause pain. As a result, you may experience chest pain while you are sleeping, particularly if you frequently change positions or fall asleep on your chest.
- Acid Reflux. Also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease, acid reflux can cause a burning sensation in the chest. This occurs when stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus. The chest pain can worsen while sleeping as the amount of acid produced increases and backflows into the esophagus.
- Pleuritis. Pain in the left or right areas of the chest is a typical symptom of pleuritis, an illness that can cause fluid to build up around the lungs. Being in a flat position while sleeping can worsen the pain caused by inflammation of the lining around the lung. The pain can be significantly worse while you are lying down on the unaffected side.
- Angina. Angina pectoris is a condition in which the coronary arteries, which carry blood to the heart muscles, become constricted or narrowed. This causes damage to the heart muscle, which forces the heart to work harder, even while you are asleep.
About Complete Care Emergency Centers
It can be difficult to distinguish which ailment is causing your chest pain while you are sleeping, which is why it is important to note other symptoms you may have. If you need to seek medical care, don’t hesitate to contact the closest Complete Care emergency room by phone to schedule an appointment or for more information.