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How many hours a night are you sleeping post-op?



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Hi all, I’m almost a month post-op VSG and am doing quite well getting to learn my new stomach. I was wondering how much you’re sleeping post-surgery? A friend slept 8 hours a night with a four hour nap the first 6 weeks, and I’m sleeping 10-11 hours per night with no naps. I’m heading back to work next week and am wondering when others have been able to go back to a more normal 8-hour sleep schedule.

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The more sleep you can get the better. That's awesome!

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my normal is 6 hours and i was back at work 4 days after surgery.. i think i slept less the first few weeks, i am now 2 months post op and have been back to normal since about 2 weeks post op.

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I had vsg on 1/2 and have been sleeping between 10-12 hours . My nutritionist advised against this because by doing that I don’t have enough hours to get all my fluids in 🤷🏻‍♀️. I’m sooo tired though .

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I am NOT sleeping well and I have read that insomnia can be a problem for some post op. I lay awake for several hours last night and had to take valerian to finally get around 4 hours of sleep. I am still recovering so I will try to get in a nap earlier in the day to compensate. I plan on calling my surgeon's office to discuss this and see what changes I can make to aid in sleeping. Before surgery, I dropped off to sleep almost immediately most nights, even with my CPAP machine. It is definitely not sleep apnea interfering since the machine takes care of that. Kind of frustrating. Glad others are getting good sleep though.

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Hi Elizabeth--I've actually been having terrible insomnia as well! The last few nights I have been going to bed by 11 and then can't sleep until 2am, then I wake up at 11am completely exhausted. So luckily I'm getting a ton of sleep, just at the wrong time and in the wrong way. I had problems with insomnia when I was younger but not for the last ten years. I find it really stressful! I thought exhausting myself more would help, so I'm taking longer and longer walks, but nothing seems to work.

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My nurse told me that it is common to have insomnia as our bodies are going through hormonal changes. She said it should be temporary, and that it was OK to take valerian, melatonin, or Tylenol PM to help.

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