26 Apr Sleep Problems after Spine Surgery
Sleep is one of the most important parts of recovering from spine surgery. When back pain interrupts your sleep cycle, it can lead to more pain and an extended recovery. In this article, we are going to discuss what to do when you experience sleeping problems after your spine surgery.
Tips for Good Post-op Sleep
There are several ways to ensure that you get a solid night’s sleep after your spine surgery procedure. Here are a few tips for improving your sleep post-operatively:
- Bed & Pillows. Make sure you have a comfortable bed and pillows. Every patient has a different preference when it comes to firmness – so find out what you like and make sure your bed setup reflects your needs.
- Medications. The most common thing that wakes patients up in the middle of the night after surgery is pain. Make sure to time out your pain control meds so that you will be able to get the most sleep possible.
- Food & Drink. Eating food and drinking alcohol or sugary drinks right before bed is a recipe for a bad night’s sleep. Make sure you stop eating a couple hours before sleep to ensure a good sleep cycle.
- Screens. In this day and age, many people go to sleep with their smartphones, tablets, or while the TV is on. This noise and light can disrupt your sleep patterns, so minimize your screen time in bed as much as possible.
Inspired Spine’s minimally invasive keyhole surgical procedures are revolutionizing the field of spine surgery. These procedures allow the surgeon to perform the operation with smaller incisions and less post-op pain for the patient. As a result, patients are better able to get to sleep and stay asleep. Contact us to learn more about the Inspired Spine procedures, or find a provider in your area who performs these procedures.