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Sleep is elusive, says Sam and time is meaningless

So it’s been exactly one week since knee replacement surgery and things are going well on most fronts. Except for sleep. Which is miserable. And I feel sorry for everyone I know with sleeping difficulties. (Hey Jeff.)

Sleeping cat
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Akshay Bhosle

Normally I’m an obnoxiously healthy sleeper. Certainly I usually get enough sleep and I feel good about it. I go to bed early. I get up early. It’s all pretty textbook, as recommended, stuff. If I struggle at all it’s with consistency and the hours I sleep. But I’ve even been making progress on that front.

Until knee surgery.


I’ve been in too much pain to sleep through the night. It’s hard to even get to sleep. I have to sleep on my back right now. And the prescription narcotic drug that works best for pain (I’m only taking it at night) has as a side effect, sleeplessness. Great.

I can only sleep once I’m absolutely exhausted and then I end up sleeping during the day which only makes for more sleepless nights.

I’ve been watching The Expanse in the middle of the night. I’ve never made it all the way through before. This time, I’ll try.

Maybe I should try counting sheep or one of those how to fall asleep like a Marine drills.

Here’s some sheep to start with.

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Nazanin Esfandyarpour

Last knee replacement it was at week two that I started googling and buying special pillows to help with sleep and recovery. This time around it’s at week one. But I already own all the fancy pillows.

I’m hoping this stage of recovery doesn’t last. I remember last time it got better once I could sleep on my side again. Wish me luck and all the zzzz’s.

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Sonya Peacocke

4 thoughts on “Sleep is elusive, says Sam and time is meaningless

  1. Sounds awful! Sorry you’re having trouble sleeping. And because of pain. Doubly hard. Big hugs and here’s going this stage passes quickly and you can reach for the right pillow. And let me know how you do with the Expanse. I bailed.

  2. Sleep problems, plus the pain and awkwardness of the after-surgery state are super yucky! Sorry to hear it. I hope the pillows (plus any new arrivals, ordered late night) are comforting. Hopefully by this time next week you’ll be in a better state with respect to getting your zzzzs. Careful hugs to you!

  3. Might be helpful to listen to a rather dull podcast–I found that some would put me right to sleep when I was agitated or anxious in the middle of the night. Oddly, meditation or relaxation apps didn’t work as well for me.

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