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I had my sleeve surgery one week ago today. Today I get to advance from Clear Liquids to full liquids and OMG I cannot wait!! I never thought I would be dreaming about thin cream of wheat...but it’s happening. LOL

So...here’s my issue. Every day since the day after my surgery I have been waking up at 3:30 or 4:00am and absolutely cannot go back to sleep. I’m not going to bed any earlier at night and I’m not napping during the day. I cannot figure this out. Has anyone else experienced this?

The first few days I thought it was related to pain since the Tylenol wears off after 6 hours, but today here I sit, awake for 2 hours already, and still not hurting. I usually fall asleep anywhere between 11:30-12:00, so I’m only getting about 4 hours of sleep a night. I try going back to sleep but absolutely cannot. It’s driving me crazy!

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I went through a spell of the same thing. Would wake up at like 2:30 a.m. every night and then be up for the rest of the night. Pretty sure my sleep screw-up was due to my prolonged hospital stay and getting woke up every 1-2 hours to have some test/reading taken. Another part was having to sleep on my back. I'm a side sleeper and was too sore for the first three weeks to try and lay on my sides. Eventually my sleep cycle went back to normal.

The upside to waking up early is that I would just start working on my water/protein for the day and get a head start...lol.

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The upside to waking up early is that I would just start working on my water/protein for the day and get a head start...lol.


Yes!! Haha! That is definitely the only upside to it. It probably is related to the fact that I can’t sleep on my side or stomach as comfortably yet. Thank you for the reply! I’m glad I’m not the only one. [emoji1]


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9 minutes ago, nikkiw218 said:


Yes!! Haha! That is definitely the only upside to it. It probably is related to the fact that I can’t sleep on my side or stomach as comfortably yet. Thank you for the reply! I’m glad I’m not the only one.

Yeah, it's annoying AF, but it does go away in time. I just accepted it while it was going on. I'd get up, let the dogs out, go out in the living room and put an old episode of Top Gear on, and eventually would doze off again. Some days it was fairly quick, other days I'd be up for hours before I would fall asleep again.

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Yeah, it's annoying AF, but it does go away in time. I just accepted it while it was going on. I'd get up, let the dogs out, go out in the living room and put an old episode of Top Gear on, and eventually would doze off again. Some days it was fairly quick, other days I'd be up for hours before I would fall asleep again.


It’s too bad my job isn’t still offering overtime! I work from home so I could rack up some major OT in the next few weeks! LOL


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Same issue and I'm almost one week out as well.

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I had the same thing, but it was due to sleeping on back/inclined instead of level and on my side. Also, I use a CPAP and I was losing weight in my face, which was causing my mask to not fit as well. If you use a CPAP, make sure you consult with them about lowering your pressures with weight loss. My machine was pumping me full of air and causing horrendous pain that no one could figure out, until I questioned the CPAP machine instead of diet/food/exercise.

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I finally slept from 11:00 until 5:30. I feel incredible!!


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I had the same issue, it got better. In the meantime if you still have it you can try melatonin (get ones that dissolve). They can be taken in the middle of the night if needed. Benedryl also works well (I use half a dose). It's the ingredient in simply sleep or Tylenol pm.

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I had the same issue, it got better. In the meantime if you still have it you can try melatonin (get ones that dissolve). They can be taken in the middle of the night if needed. Benedryl also works well (I use half a dose). It's the ingredient in simply sleep or Tylenol pm.


I added Cedarwood essential oil to my diffuser and changed the setting so it would diffuse longer. It definitely helped!


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On 2/13/2018 at 3:54 AM, nikkiw218 said:

I had my sleeve surgery one week ago today. Today I get to advance from Clear Liquids to full liquids and OMG I cannot wait!! I never thought I would be dreaming about thin cream of wheat...but it’s happening. LOL

So...here’s my issue. Every day since the day after my surgery I have been waking up at 3:30 or 4:00am and absolutely cannot go back to sleep. I’m not going to bed any earlier at night and I’m not napping during the day. I cannot figure this out. Has anyone else experienced this?

The first few days I thought it was related to pain since the Tylenol wears off after 6 hours, but today here I sit, awake for 2 hours already, and still not hurting. I usually fall asleep anywhere between 11:30-12:00, so I’m only getting about 4 hours of sleep a night. I try going back to sleep but absolutely cannot. It’s driving me crazy!

I had that problem to but it eventually passed.

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Similar here, but I can't fall asleep til late.

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