Is insomnia common after gastric bypass?
on 7/25/10 12:06 pm
It is not a big problem right now, but when summer is over and I am back at work, I am gonna have major concerns! I am only 11 weeks out. If this is a reaction from surgery, how long does it last?
Thanks for responding! ;-)
on 7/25/10 5:02 pm
I have found that many WLS patients suffer from insomnia after surgery. All of the doctors I have asked about it have no clue why this happens to us.
I hope you find a solution and it doesn't last as long as mine has.
I'm almost three weeks out and I've had to take anti-anxiety medication to fall asleep and even that doesn't work sometimes.
Last night, for example, I went to bed at ten. Stared at the ceiling 'til about midnight. Woke up at 4:30 and fell back asleep at 6:00. Alarm went off at 8:00 for a 9:00 appointment (which I was late for). All day I've been tired, but trying not to nap.
I've heard that insomnia is not uncommon after gastric bypass.
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on 7/25/10 5:50 pm
1) If I can't sleep after 10 minutes I have to get out of bed. No computer or tv allowed. I can read, or fold laundry.
2) Absolutely no television in the bedroom.
3) I have a source of white noise: my fan.
4) No excess light in the bedroom . I have light blocking curtains.
And last of all I ought a book with a cd entitled " I Can Make You Sleep". I put the cd in my portable player, put in the earphones and I am usually out like a light before the cd is finished.
on 7/25/10 6:51 pm
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!
What I have found is that the jujunum absorbs most the nutrients, and after having the gastric bypass, food moves through your body faster than with a normal person, you dont get the nutrients you once got.
I have tried using liquid vitamins, but I still dont get the sleep I need.
I have tried every night aid there is known to man, even a tranquilizer and it doesnt help! Why? because pill form doesnt break down in our system, it moves to fast through our gastric bypass. If there was a liquid form of ambien, or other medications, then we would be fine, but theres not, Ive even tried liquid melatonin and its not strong enough..
I turned to alcohol, beer whatever would help me sleep, but it makes your health even worse, Im currently looking for a better solution! I dont like to drink and it makes you gain weight!
Liquid Melatonin does not help with this problem, they need to come out with a liquid form of ambien, or another sleep aid!
on 1/13/13 3:11 pm
My surgery was approx 10 years ago. My insomnia started 3 years post op. I also have tried everything under the sun but nothing works. I was on a combo of trazidone and ambien. I would take the trazidone and half the ambien then go to sleep. I would wake up 2.5 hours later and stay up until 2 hours before I needed to get up then take the other half of the ambien. What a life! Felt miserable all the time. My doctor finally prescibed a very low dose of seroquel and depakene. These scripts are prescribed for mental disorders but also help with sleep. I was skeptical in using them, but they work. This allows me to sleep 8 hours strait. I just wish I knew what nutrient I was missing so I could stop taking the meds. If I try to sleep without the meds I wake up within 15 minutes of falling asleep.
The doctors didnt think about this before, but they need to now! I have many friends who have had this surgery also and they too are experiencing lack of sleep!
I am trying Melatonin as a liquid sleep aide, we will see how it works, only problems is you may have to double the dose in order to sleep!
Good luck to you!
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Soblessed- You may want to try sleeping with a pillow tucked a little under your belly and then put your arm over the pillow to keep it in place (a longer, king sized pillow would be best). I'm about six weeks post op and doing this seems to help prop my belly up a little and keep things in place. I've had that pulled muscle feeling too before.
I've also been having insominia really badly. I can stay up all night or sleep three or four hours some nights. It has been ok lately because I've been out of work but I'm going back to work tomorrow and I'm concerned. I think i'll try the chewable melatonin and see if that helps. I've tried the liquid melatonin and it didn't help much. I'm on thyroid medicine for hypothyroidism so I'm going to see my doctor and see if my thyroid levels are ok. I'm wondering if losing weight has thrown my levels off...if so that probably wont help my sleep.