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    Emotional Well-Being

    It's common after heart surgery to be sad or blue, but these feelings should pass after the first few weeks. If they don't, talk to your doctor about it.

    To keep your spirits up:

    • Get dressed every day.
    • Walk daily.
    • Pick up your hobbies and social activities.
    • Share your feelings with others.
    • Get a good night's sleep.

    Limit visits to 15 minutes at first. As you feel stronger and less tired, spend more time with your visitors.

    Join a cardiac rehabilitation program or a support group.

    Rest and Sleep

    Many people have trouble sleeping after heart surgery. You should get back to a normal slumber pattern within a few months.

    If pain keeps you up, take medication about half an hour before bedtime. Arrange the pillows so you can stay in a comfortable position.

    You'll probably need to rest after activity, but try not to take a lot of naps during the day.

    In the evening, avoid caffeine, including chocolate, coffee, tea, and some sodas.

    Settle into a bedtime routine, perhaps listening to relaxing music. Your body will learn these cues mean it's time to snooze.

    Call your doctor if a lack of sleep starts affecting your mood or behavior.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 14, 2016
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