Getting a good night’s sleep after open-heart surgery is crucial for your recovery and overall well-being. However, finding the right position to sleep in is challenging after such an intense, invasive procedure. In this blog, we have detailed 5 ways to rest up soundless all night.
How to Sleep Right After Your Open Heart Surgery in the Hospital?
You can ask your physiotherapist to guide you through exercises while you are still in the hospital. These bits are structured to build your strength and endurance and help you move more confidently.
This movement makes it easier for you to get out of bed and increase your activity level throughout the day. You will improve your ability to sleep with increased activity.
Other than that, mobility aids like a walker provide added support as you navigate moving around and getting out of bed.
5+ Positions to Sleep in After Returning Home
Once you are back home, sleeping in your own bed after your open heart surgery brings a sense of comfort and ease. You may be overwhelmed at this stage, thinking about the dos and don’ts, but the restrictions are few, such as avoiding sleeping on your stomach. Experts recommend the following sleep positions:
- Sleeping on your back: This snoozing position aligns your head, neck, and spine, relieving pressure on your chest.
- Sleeping on your side: You are allowed to sleep on your side; however, do not forget to use pillows to prop yourself up for added support.
- Roll over to sit up on the bed: Do not sit up straight; roll over to your side when getting out of bed. Start by positioning yourself at the side and then gradually move into a sitting position.
- Minimize daytime napping: With time, you will start regaining strength and be on the road to recovery. At that point, limiting naps or rests during the day establishes a better sleep routine at night.
- Use a pillow for support: In case you tend to roll subconsciously in your sleep, consider using a bed wedge or regular pillows to support and maintain a comfortable position.
- Reclining: For the first few weeks after your surgery, reclining in a chair is a good option to lessen the incidence of coughing and breathing difficulties during sleep. This is related to fluid buildup around the heart or your lungs. The good news is that it usually improves over time as the excess gets eliminated.
Tips for a Peaceful Snooze
- Use compression bandages or stockings to support your legs during sleep.
- Avoid long day sleeping time to prevent restlessness at night.
- Limit caffeine intake, especially in the evening, as it can interfere with sleep.
Do not hesitate to contact Epic Heart and Vascular Center at 17070 Red Oak Dr # 405, Houston, TX 77090. Call Houston at (832) 432-1951 or Willowbrook: at (832) 952-1951 for your troubles. We are here to help you for a long and healthy life.