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Do This - Not That: Sleeping after Your Hysterectomy

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Help for sleeping after hysterectomyI’m not sleeping well since my hysterectomy. What can I do to get some sleep?

Many women find it difficult to sleep after their hysterectomy. Hormonal changes (whether or not you kept your ovaries), trauma of the surgery, uncomfortable incisions, insomnia, and 101 other things can all combine to keep you awake.

Since you need sleep for healing and recovery, here are some suggestions for getting your rest. You may need to try a few different tips before you find the ones that might work for you, so don't give up too quickly. You can also talk to your doctor who can recommend some sleeping tips for you.


  • Ask your doctor for help
  • Relax
  • Avoid stimulants close to bedtime
  • Make sure your bed is comfy
  • Use piles of pillows to help cushion yourself
  • Turn down the temperature
  • Set the mood with soft music and dim lights
  • Use white noise to help you relax
  • Try aroma therapy, such as Lavender
  • Consider Melatonin
  • Drink Ovaltine, warm milk, or sleepy tea
  • Practice relaxing breathing techniques
  • Have a snack of turkey


  • Don’t panic
  • Don’t eat spicy foods close to bedtime
  • Don’t consume a lot of caffeine
  • Don’t skip your pain medications if you are in pain
  • Don’t use your pain meds to help you sleep
  • Don’t mix meds and herbs without talking to your doctor
  • Don’t use electronics close to bedtime
  • Don’t indulge in alcohol–especially when using pain medications
  • Don’t smoke

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-08-2016 - 05:43 PM


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