Sleeping poorly after surgery is extremely common in the following days and weeks. It could be from anxiety, pain or medication. But there are ways to prevent and prepare for post-surgery insomnia. Here's How To Sleep Better After A Surgery.
Prep Your Sleeping Environment
If you have an upcoming surgery or you've just had surgery, it's important to make sure your sleep environment is up to scratch. If your mattress has seen better days and is due an upgrade, now is the perfect time. The last thing you need while recovering is an uncomfortable mattress. On average, it should be replaced up to every 8 years. It's also a good idea to invest in extra pillows before the surgery. This is to elevate limbs if necessary and also to prevent you from rolling on to the area you've had the surgery. If you're wondering what to do with your new pillows once you've recovered. Keep them stored away as backups. You should replace your pillows once a year since pillows lose their support quite quickly so you will make use of them again in no time.
If you're struggling to sleep after surgery try your best to avoid caffeine, especially in the afternoon. Your body after surgery is much more vulnerable to the effects of caffeine since it's busy to trying to repair itself. Because of that, it can actually take longer to get out of your system which may disrupt your sleep more than usual.
Surgery can be quite distressing and cause you to worry about things more. If you're stressing about getting back on your feet then it might actually take you longer to recover. Stress can slow down the recovery process and of course, cause broken sleep. It's best to take it one day at a time and try your best to relax. Read a book, watch TV and concentrate on feeling better. It will speed up the recovery process and will hopefully allow you to get better sleep.
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