Proper rest is a very important part of a heart recipient’s life.

I know a lot of heart transplant patients have trouble sleeping. I do occasionally as well. There are many factors involved in why this happens. Our medicines (immunosuppressants) play a huge role in our lives, post transplant. We put a lot of chemicals in our bodies daily to prevent organ rejection. Beyond the medications, other factors can be our diets, emotional issues, and those general worries that everyone can have.

Back in the day, when I was going to work every day, I was up at 4:22 (DARK) AM and at work most days by 530AM. I existed on  roughly 4 to 5 hours of sleep every night. Fast forward to my post transplant life and I’m now getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. I know I need the extra rest.

But, every once in a while, once or twice a month, I’ll wake up about 430am and can’t go back to sleep. My mind is usually starts working on something as I fitfully try to sleep. I don’t fight it, I don’t get up and usually I’ll drift back to sleep at some point over the next couple of hours. My Dr’s and transplant coordinators tell me this is normal and not to fret about it …… so I don’t.

I hope you are getting an adequate amount of rest!

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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1 Response to Sleeping

  1. Allie says:

    I have also had this problem post transplant, but I don’t like sleeping medications. It does seem to be getting better at almost 1 year post transplant and being off the prednisone!

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