Chances are you already know that sleep plays a vital role in your health and how you feel each day. Waking up after a bad night's sleep often leads to a tired appearance, including bags under the eyes.
Inadequate sleep can impact not only your appearance but also your physical and mental health. So it only makes sense that quality sleep would be a major component of your plastic surgery recovery. However, sleep isn't always easy after a surgical procedure.
While you can feel your body is not 100 percent after surgery and you may feel tired, insomnia after surgery is a common concern. Problems sleeping can be caused by the effects of anesthesia, pain or discomfort and the change to your normal routine. Understanding these factors and following the recommendations of your surgeon can help you find your way to a restful night's sleep.
Surgery of any kind places the body under stress. Your body needs time to regenerate, recuperate and heal from the surgical procedure. Sleep helps your body do just that. In fact, quality sleep plays a vital role in your recovery in many different ways.
Most plastic surgery procedures require a modified sleeping position for at least the first few days of your recovery. For example, recovery after facial procedures, like a facelift, require sleeping on your back with your face elevated.
If you normally sleep on your side, this can be difficult and require time to get used to. However, it is important that these sleep positions are followed for the recommended time in order to achieve the final results you desire.
If you are struggling to find a healthy sleep schedule during your plastic surgery recovery, these tips can help you create a quality sleep schedule that helps promote quality healing and get you on the fast road to recovery.
Following these tips can help promote quality sleep which will, in turn, help promote healing and recovery, getting you back to your normal routine and able to enjoy the benefits of your new look.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.