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Re: Inability to sleep after surgery

Aloha John P,
Is something waking you up? Perhaps stopping what ever disturbs you.
Prescription Sleeping pills are only effective 2 to 3 nights/week. I use 2 Tylenol PM every once in a while, it is ok to use several days in a row. Exercise is also good, like walking for 20 to 30 min couple times/day. Valium is an upper back & neck relaxent. Have your partner give you a back rub, then cuddle up. Take a hot/warm bath several hours before bed. Put some solo piano on and read a book. If you use Windows Media Player, click on Media Guide, then click Internet Radio for other choices of relaxing or not so relaxing music.
Hang in there,

Re: Inability to sleep after surgery

I will share my method for sleep inducement that has been effective for me for many years. Begin by breathing deeply.Continue to breath deeply while you
relax your muscles from head to toe one by one. Start with the upper portion of your body and progress downward neck,shoulders,arms, torso, etc. down to the toes. Clear your mind as completely as possible,i.e., no problem solving, no worrying and no reflection on the day's activities. Think[the color] black. All this takes a little time and practise, but eventually you will learn to relax all your muscles simultaneously [and therefore] quickly. The continued deep breathing is important and helpful.A total effort of this nature usually helps me fall asleep. On those rare occasions I am unsuccessful, I benefit from the time spent in an ultra-relaxed state as compared to tossing and turning and worrying about not sleeping. Some form of exercise during the day is helpful, but should be avoided late in the day. No coffee after 11:00 A.M. Try these techniques for a few weeks and provide us some feedback. Best wishes Don O.