5 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep After a Tummy Tuck or BBL
Before your body can heal properly after abdominoplasty or a Brazilian butt lift, you have to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and giving your body the right nutrients it needs to heal well. This means getting plenty of sleep, which isn’t always easy if you’re sore or in pain or recovering from anesthesia. Here are five ways to get a good night’s sleep after tummy tuck surgery or BBL surgery.
Keep The Room Cool
One of the best ways to get a good night's sleep after surgery is to keep your room cool. A cool, comfortable environment will help you feel more relaxed and reduce any swelling or discomfort you may be feeling. Here are a few tips for keeping your room cool:
- Use air conditioning if possible.
- Set up fans in your room so that they are blowing directly on you.
- Freeze some gel packs or use frozen peas in a baggie to help keep you cool.
- Drink lots of cold fluids throughout the day and before bedtime.
- Avoid any strenuous activity or heat exposure during the day so that you don't get too sweaty and overheated.
- Take a cool shower before bedtime.
Create Ambient Light in the Bedroom
Whether you had a tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift, or both, you want to make sure you get plenty of rest during your recovery. Follow these three tips to create an ambient light in your bedroom that will help you sleep soundly.
- Invest in blackout curtains. Heavy curtains that completely block out light are ideal, but if that’s not possible, look for light-blocking shades or line your existing curtains with black garbage bags.
- Install a dimmer switch. This is an easy way to adjust the light level in your room without having to get up and fiddle with lamps every time you want to change the ambiance.
- Add some gentle lighting.
Sleep on Your Sides
Sleeping on your side is one of the best ways to get a good night's sleep after a tummy tuck or BBL. It helps reduce swelling and prevents your skin from stretching out. Plus, it keeps you from putting too much pressure on your incisions. Here are three ways to sleep on your side
BBL Bed with Hole for Recovery
- Invest in a supportive bed. A BBL bed with a hole in the center can help you stay comfortable while you recover.
- Use pillows to support your back and hips. Sleeping on your side with pillows supporting your back and hips can help you stay comfortable.
- Try sleeping in a recliner. If you have trouble sleeping on your side, try sleeping in a recliner. This can help take the pressure off of your incisions.
- Take short naps during the day. Taking short naps during the day can help you feel rested and avoid fatigue.
Take Medications as Prescribed
Sleeping well after surgery is important for your recovery. Follow your doctor's instructions about taking pain medication. They will likely prescribe a short-acting opioid for the first few days. These can make you drowsy, so it's best to take them at night. Don't drink alcohol while you're taking opioids. You should also avoid driving or operating machinery until the effects of the medication have worn off.