If you’re having trouble sleeping after your ostomy surgery due to worries about leakage or rolling over on your pouch, that’s completely normal. But there are options that will help you relax and get back to a restful sleep schedule. Here are our top tips for improving your sleep after ostomy surgery.
Top 4 Tips For Improving Sleep Quality After Ostomy Surgery
Is it possible to get a good night’s sleep after an ostomy procedure? The answer is yes. In some cases, just the fact that you have had the procedure to address the underlying condition that required you to get an ostomy may help you sleep better. However, you may need to make some adjustments based on the type of procedure you have had.
Here are a few key points that it makes, which you may want to include in your sleep regimen:
Put Pillows Around You.
This will prevent you from rolling on your pouch.
Wear a Shirt That Is a Little Snug.
Although this may take some time to get used to wearing, it will help keep your pouch snug against your body as you sleep.
Sleep on Your Back.
This will limit the likelihood that you will roll over on your pouch while you’re asleep.
Check the Condition of Your Pouch.
You may have to empty your pouch before you go to sleep to prevent leakage in the middle of the night.
Sleep Options for Different Ostomy Surgery Types
Please keep in mind that, depending on your surgery type, ostomy supplies will range in options, as well as ostomy accessories, and they may require varying management levels.
For example, those who have had a urostomy procedure have the option to use a night drainage system that connects with their ostomy pouch. This eliminates concerns about the amount of water or other liquids you may intake before bed. Also, no more worrying about needing to change your urostomy pouch in the middle of the night.
Ileostomy or Colostomy Surgery
If you have had an ileostomy or colostomy procedure, you may need to empty your pouch in the middle of the night to avoid leakage or overflow. You may also want to avoid eating after a certain time to avoid having a large amount of output while you’re asleep. Your prescribing healthcare professional can also offer additional tips to improve your sleep, as well as any diet and liquid intake recommendations based on your individual needs.
Adjusting to living with an ostomy and using ostomy supplies can take some time to get used to, but before long, you’ll be a seasoned professional at your ostomy regimen, and you can get back to enjoying a healthy sleep schedule too!
For more information regarding quality ConvaTec ostomy supplies, contact one of our trained Ostomy Specialists, and we’ll be glad to help with your ostomy supply needs.