After any surgery, sleeping comfortably can be a little difficult. However, abdominal procedures, like lipo and tummy tucks, can make it extra difficult. Getting the right amount of rest is essential to recovery. So, how should you sleep after lipo or a tummy tuck?
Practice in Advance
If you sleep on your stomach, this has to change for a while after your procedure. Rather than waiting until after surgery to make the switch to your back or side, start now. It’s easier to adjust when you aren’t also dealing with the soreness of surgery.
Get the Right Pillows
In addition to wanting extra support, you may want to sleep at an angle for the first few weeks of recovery. Look into memory foam pillows, wedges and knee support blocks.
Quality rest is essential to healing. Be sure to have the tips you need to get the right amount of rest.
Don’t Slack on Compression Garments
Your compression garments need to be worn day and night. Don’t slack on wearing them just because it is time to sleep as this can result in more pain and discomfort, keeping you awake.
Take Your Pain Medication
During those first weeks, you’ll have some times of discomfort. And pain can easily interfere with your sleep. Be sure to take your pain medication as directed, even if you are starting to feel better. If you don’t, your pain will break through and can make for a really rough night.