Sleep meds after weight loss surgery?

on 3/4/21 10:15 am

After weight loss surgery, in the first month or so, were you more tired than usual? And did you take sleep medications of any kind? I haven't had surgery yet but currently take sleep medications off and on. They don't seem to work for very long though. (2-3 hours max!) I would like to know if you had to change your sleep medication routine once you were post op or what you have found that works for you?

on 3/4/21 11:55 am
VSG on 06/11/18

Oh yes, I slept more than usual for about 5-6 weeks. I certainly didn't need any sleep medication!

You don't mention what type of sleep problems you have, or what type of medication you're on. I do have problems with my biological clock (I am an extreme night owl). A few months after surgery I spoke to my medical team about it, and we experimented with melatonin. I found that taking melatonin once a week helps me reset my sleep schedule. You have to take it a couple of hours before you go to sleep, so it's not a quick fix. I'm not recommending it to you, just saying it's something you might look into if you haven't already.

on 3/10/21 6:17 am

I am a night owl too! I have problems falling asleep and most often don't sleep before 1am. I have tried to stay away from my computer after 10pm because I was told that might be helpful. I take 10mg of melatonin when I take anything but still only sleep a couple of hours or so and then I am awake again.

on 3/5/21 11:07 am - Victorville, CA

I slept a lot while recovering, but I have found that I need help getting to sleep so I take 5mg of Melatonin (the fast dissolving kind) and if I don't I lay in bed while my husband snores the night away.

on 3/10/21 6:18 am

I do take 10mg of the fast dissolve melatonin but just can't stay asleep!

on 3/8/21 3:10 pm - Calimesa, CA

I had my RNY in 2005. I never had problems sleeping before that, but since the surgery I am a double-insomniac (difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep). I turned to alcohol the first few years but really that just made me feel even worse and caused weight gain. I have been on Quetiapine for a few years now and sleep a good 6 hours a night, more like 7-8 if I work out that day. This is a prescription drug, and I take the smallest dose they make (100mg).

Pre-RNY Weight: 280 lbs (09/14/05)

Lowest Post-Op Weight: 148 lbs

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on 3/10/21 6:21 am

That's me! I have problems falling asleep and staying asleep both most nights. Ill ask my doctor about the quetiapine. Maybe that would help me as well.

on 3/10/21 1:48 pm
RNY on 02/23/21

Especially for the first week after surgery I was exhausted! I still am a little more tired than usual and I'm one week post op. Before surgery I regularly took melatonin, and I have been given the okay to continue it, but I just haven't really felt like it.

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