Once you have passed the initial few weeks following the gastric balloon procedure, you should be able to sleep normally. This means you can sleep on your back or on your side. Sleeping in these positions allows your body’s natural digestive processes to function while you rest.
If there is no specific preference for which side to sleep on, sleeping on your left side may be beneficial as some studies suggest it can help reduce acid reflux. However, it is important to note that either side is acceptable as long as you feel comfortable.
To ensure a comfortable sleep experience after a gastric balloon, it is essential to follow the appropriate dietary guidelines. This includes avoiding overeating, alcohol, carbonated beverages, and sugary foods. It is also advisable to watch your food intake and not drink too close to bedtime. By adhering to these protocols, you should not experience any discomfort during sleep.
Additionally, using a pillow between your knees at night can help maintain proper spinal alignment and prevent added pressure that could potentially lead to headaches. This extra support can contribute to a more comfortable sleep environment.