Is insomnia common after gastric bypass?

Lady Jones
on 7/25/10 5:06 am
For the past two weeks or so, I have been having trouble falling and staying asleep at night.  Even when I have worked hard all day, and stayed busy throughout the day, I can not fall asleep.  My body feels tired and I think I am ready to go to sleep.  But all I do it lay there for hours.
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 5:56 am - Clayton, NC
 It happened to me too... but not for that long... I started being able to sleep well at about week 8. 
I can't sleep with the TV on anymore... so that's different... but I wake up refreshed every morning now!
on 7/25/10 7:51 am
I have been experiencing periodic insomnia since shortly after surgery.  I think my mind is just not shutting off at night as easily.  There is a lot to think about and several changes that we will experience during the journey.  For me the surgery is coinciding with other major life changes like my first born leaving for college so my theory is the insomnia is a result of a lot of concerns, worrries and thoughts revolving around in my head late at night.  So far I only had one day that I had to call in sick as a result of staying up literally all night.  It made me feel awful for a couple of days but I have not had it that bad since.  I suggest not borrowing more worries in advance just wait and see how everything evolves.
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Iris Shimmer
on 7/25/10 10:02 am
 I am nearly 8 years post op and have suffered from insomnia since my first year out. I have been on every medication known to man for sleep problems. Last year I went for a sleep study and found out I have sleep apnea and RLS. I see a sleep specialist and take a ****tail of meds nightly for sleep.
 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.
on 7/25/10 10:29 am - Kirkville, NY
I also cannot get to sleep (6 weeks out).  I take 1/2 of a Lunesta and am out like a light and wake up alert and happy.  I think I only have to take a 1/2 dose because my body is so "clean." 
on 7/26/10 2:20 am - Gretna, LA
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on 7/25/10 10:39 am - NJ
Yep, I've had quite a bit of insomnia....I may have posted about it...can't remember.

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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Iris Shimmer
on 7/25/10 10:50 am
 I want to add this bit of info. My sleep specialist gave me a list of things to do when I have a bad night.
 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.

Lady Lithia
on 7/25/10 11:51 am
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!
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on 2/4/12 5:34 am
 i am 17 months out from surgery gastric bypass... and i recently can not sleep at night and it is making me crazy.... i go to bed at 11pm and wake up at 1am and then go back to bed and get back up at 3:30 am and then go back to bed and wake back up at 5:40am and this is a ongoing nightly thing i am going crazy! i hope it sotps