Why am I having trouble sleeping and when will my appetite return after surgery?

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Most of the time people will have trouble getting their sleeping cycle regulated and have a poor appetite after heart, thoracic and vascular surgery. Sleeping problems usually are improved as the number of naps you take during the day decrease. Occasionally a sleeping medicine will be ordered, but the best sleeping medicine is Benadryl, which is an over-the-counter medication. You can take up to 50mg (2 pills) to help you sleep.

Appetite return varies from person to person, but generally speaking, within 2-3 weeks most of your appetite will have returned and food will lose the metallic taste that sometimes occurs after surgery.

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