Once you have the surgery, taking care during your gastric sleeve recovery will set the stage for your weight loss journey moving forward. With eating the right foods, exercising everyday, and following your doctor’s instructions there’s a lot to be mindful, so you might overlook how important sleep is to your recovery. Maintaining a balanced sleep schedule is as important for gastric sleeve recovery as healthy eating and going to your post-op check ups. Here are our top three tips for getting consistent rest during your recovery.
1. Create a Bedtime Routine
Having a bedtime isn’t just for kids! Going to bed and waking up around the same time every day can impact how easily you will fall asleep. It also affects how deep your sleep becomes, which can affect how well your body heals. When your body becomes accustomed to a schedule, you’ll find that sleep comes easier and you’ll feel more energized during the day
Creating a nightly routine for yourself can actually prime your mind to enter sleep mode. Getting familiar with the actions you do right before bed every night can help your brain shut off and enter into a deeper sleep faster. Little things like making a cup of herbal tea or washing your face can impact the amount of sleep you are consistently able to get.
2. Avoid Screen Time Before Bed
The simple act of putting your cell phone on the other side of the room so you aren’t tempted to scroll for hours can make a big impact on the amount of sleep you get. This also means you should shut off any televisions, e-readers, tablets and computers that could light up your sleeping area. The kind of light created by these devices can actually trigger a response in the brain that signals your body it is time to wake up.
If you have to do something to stop your mind from racing, try reading a book or listening to calming music. These options will help you achieve the sleep you need to promote healing during recovery.
3. Avoid Eating or Drinking Right Before Bed
While eating your three meals a day and drinking large amounts of water does help in the healing process, doing so before bed can negatively affect your sleep. Try to avoid eating dinner within three hours of bedtime and snacks at least one hour before bedtime. Nighttime snacks should be light and healthy. Eating a heavy meal at night, especially before bed, can throw off your metabolism and affect your ability to lose weight. If you’re too full before bed, you might feel too uncomfortable to sleep peacefully.
While it’s important to drink plenty of water during recovery to ensure your body has what it needs to heal, drinking too much water before bed can make sleeping through the night difficult. Waking up out of a deep sleep in the middle of the night because nature calls isn’t great for your healing. Once you’re awake and out of bed, going back to sleep can be a struggle. Avoiding large amounts of liquids about 30 minutes prior to bed should help curb this issue.
Sleeping well during recovery will have you feeling better in no time! While weight loss surgery isn’t extremely invasive, your body will still need rest to achieve the best results. Our team at Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center is here to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. To talk to our team about your options for weight loss surgery, schedule a consultation with our doctors today!