I don't know why insomnia is so common post-op. It just is.
I have had insomnia my whole life. I had surgery in march, and did okay with my sleeping until I got ready to go back to school in August of the same year (I'm a teacher).... and then the insomnia kicked in.... as it ALWAYS does when I'm ready to start a new school year. I begin to have trouble sleeping. It's totally normal for me to begin to have trouble sleeping.
Problem for me is that insomnia never went away. It's been two years now - nonstop insomnia.
I started taking sleep aids, and that's where I am now. i've found that most sleep aides aren't good to take for very long, because I get used to them. So I switch it up often.
My hands-down favorite is Melatonin. I take two 3 mg tablets when it's ready to start getting ready for bed, and it helps me to get to sleep. Sometimes.
I don't take melatonin all the time, or I get used to it and it stops working. And even when I mix it up, it doesn't always work.
Other sleep aides I mix up with my melatonin:
Valerian Root (this is what valium is made out of, but this is OTC as is Melatonin)
Tylenol PM - this gives me a hangover effect, but is my #2 med, especially if I get to bed early enough
Ambien - The regular stuff covered by my insurance only helps me sleep 4 hours, then I wake with a headache
Ambien CR - I got insurance to pay for this, but our guts don't do CR well, so sometimes this stuff works wonderfully, other times it doesn't.
So I use Melatonin 75% of the time, 15% I use tylenol Pm, and the rest of the time just try the others. Probably one night a month I try to sleep without a sleep aide, because i've forgotten to take one (I never keep them by my bed, so I won't wake up and take another and injure myself (I had a high school science teacher who, for whatever reason, talked about people taking sleep aides, half waking up in the night, and taking more, only not realizing they'd taken the whole bottle, so when their body was found, half-melted sleep aides in their mouth showed that it was accidental overdose... WHY he told us this, I don't know, but the vivid imagely has always haunted me).
whenever I try to sleep without a sleep aide, I almost always have no luck and spend the night awake waiting to fall asleep.
~Lady Lithia~ 200 lbs lost!
March 9, 2011 - Coccygectomy!
I chased my dreams, and my dreams, they caught me!