It all started with the sciatica about 10 years ago. And my reading that a pillow between the legs when sleeping could alleviate the symptoms. Tried it, it worked great, and I've thus been sleeping with a pillow between my legs ever since.
And there was also the Raynauds and circulation issues -- most notably the way my body temperature drops miserably low in the evenings. I found a bit of happiness in a heated mattress pad and electric blanket, even in the summer.
Then, this past year I started having more and more issues with my lower legs -- specifically calf tightness, plantar fascitis, achilles tendonitis, posterior tibial tendonitis. The prescription for all of these is the same -- nocturnal use of the Strassburg Sock or other night splint variant. I tried it, it helped, and so I've been sleeping in splints each night.
Are you keeping track? That's a pillow between the legs, plus a heating pad, plus night splints.
Last summer, I was diagnosed with inflammation of my esophagus resulting in asthma-like symptoms when running. One of the recommendations was to prop my torso up with 2-3 pillows. This one worked as well, so I added it into the mix.
So, we're up to 4. Leg pillow, heating pad, night splints, torso propped up.
Of course, there's been other things on occasion. The pillow I propped my leg up with when I broke my foot, to reduce swelling and promote healing. The wearing of compression socks to ease sore calves. Yet another pillow I stuffed under my side at my waist to address back pain last fall.
Yes, at one point I had pillows under my upper torso, back, and foot, as well as between my knees -- it got to the point of pointlessness -- if everything's elevated, then nothing's elevated.
And then, there's the cat.
I sleep with a towel or blanket wrapped around my head, so that she can knead that.
Yup, that's 5. Leg pillow, heated bed, night splint, torso propped up, and head towel. Takes me a while to prep for bed. Good thing I'm a deep and sound sleeper, huh?
But dammit, I'm not a princess. I have NEVER in my life worn an eye mask.
Though now that I think about it, I do kinda want an altitude tent...