July 2019

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need to Recover?

When it comes to healing, many people will try almost anything to make sure that they get better as quickly as possible. However, there is one thing that many people fail to prioritize, especially after undergoing a procedure during medical tourism. It feels like there are so many things to worry about and plan that we forget something extremely important: sleep. 

Getting a good night’s sleep is key to being your best self in every manner of speaking, but it is especially important when you are recovering from an injury or surgery. Here’s why it’s so important and how you can improve your sleep habits with ease, so that your medical tourism experience is as smooth and painless as possible.

 

Why is Sleep Important In General?

We are all extremely hard in our bodies. When you sleep (1), your body recharges like a battery. Because you aren’t spending energy on things like walking around, talking, and eating, it frees up a lot of energy for your body to spend on things like rebuilding your muscles and immune system. It also helps you to deal with the emotional stresses that you encounter during the day, making it easier for you to handle the next day’s ups and downs and be your happiest, healthiest self.

 

 

How does Sleep aid surgery recovery?

The only small surgery is the one that you don’t have. When you have cosmetic surgery, your body has no way of knowing what’s happening first, so it’s a huge shock to your system, no matter how minor the surgery is. It also means that it needs to do a lot more recovering than normal. This is the reason that your doctor prescribes a lot of rest after any procedure, and why they tell you to take weeks off from your regular activities and work. Sleep disturbances are common during postoperative sleep (2), so make sure to work on your sleep hygiene beforehand so you’re prepared. 

When you don’t sleep well, you are more likely to re-injure yourself due to clumsiness, poor decision making and higher levels of pain. In fact, when you’ve gotten less than 8 hours of sleep, you are going to feel pain more strongly. This can set back your recovery significantly. 

Due to having to travel for surgeries, it can be even harder to get a good night’s sleep regularly. Many people struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep long enough to feel rested in their own space, let alone when they travel. 

 

How Can You Work to Improve Your Sleep?

If you want to improve your sleep, you’re in luck. It’s easy to make small changes to your evening routine that will make it so much easier to get relaxed no matter where you are.

 

 

Build a Portable Evening Routine

Keeping a routine is one of the best things you can do to help yourself sleep. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, the simpler it is, the better. A simple routine that you can take with you will help you to relax after your surgery no matter where you wind up. 

Try CBD Products

CBD, or cannabidiol, is being lauded as a miracle cure for a lot of ailments, but scientists have found that it is actually very useful (3) in helping people get to sleep. Make sure to talk to your doctor before using CBD to make sure it won’t cause any issues with your other prescriptions. If you’re struggling to fall asleep after your medical tourism experience, you might want to check whether CBD is legal where you are and consult with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.

 

Thank you, www.sleephelp.org for providing this article.

 

Sources:

1) www.sleep.org/articles/sleep-for-mind-and-body/

2) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5768217/

3) www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476