Is it common to have trouble sleeping after surgery?
Yes. Many people complain of having trouble sleeping after surgery. You may experience insomnia (an inability to sleep) because of:
- The affects of anesthesia
- Discomfort related to healing
- Changes in your daily routine
- Stress from personal concerns
Tips for a better night's sleep
If you have pain, take your pain medication about 1/2 hour before bedtime. Arrange the pillows so you can maintain a comfortable position and decrease muscle strain.
In addition, follow these tips:
- Avoid napping too much during the day. At the same time, remember to balance activity with rest during recovery.
- If you feel nervous or anxious, talk to your partner or a trusted friend. Get your troubles off your mind.
- Avoid caffeine in the evenings (such as chocolate, coffee, tea and colas).
- Listen to relaxing music or a guided imagery audio program.
- Tense and relax your muscles. Begin with your feet and work your way up to your shoulders.
- Take a relaxing shower (or bath, if permitted).
If these steps do not help you sleep, don't lose hope. Your normal sleeping patterns will return within a few weeks.