Sleep problems are common during recovery from heart attack. You may experience insomnia or fragmented sleep due to discomfort, stress, or a change in routine. Nevertheless, a good sleep is an essential part of recovery, so some possible ways to improve your nights’ sleep are:
- Minimize pain and discomfort at night. Arrange pillows to find the most comfortable position. Ask your doctor if you can take analgesics such as ibuprofen or aspirin 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Try to prevent napping too much during the day, but try to balance this by not becoming overtired.
- Eliminate caffeine in the late afternoon and evening.
- Caring.com 2012, Sleep problems, viewed 21 May 2013, http://www.caring.com/sleep-problems