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How To Sleep After Hair Transplant? The Best Sleeping Position

How to sleep after a hair transplant procedure carries the utmost importance. Following a hair transplant procedure, the best sleeping position after this surgical procedure is on the back at a 45-degree angle. Doctors recommend sleeping in an upright position with a travel pillow around the neck. You should sleep still without moving or turning during sleep.

In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about this topic. We are going to discuss the following topics in detail:

  • YOU SHOULD SLEEP IN A POSITION THAT PREVENTS THE TRANSPLANTED AREA ON YOUR SCALP FROM ANY DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE SURROUNDINGS
  • THE CORRECT SLEEPING POSITION AFTER HAIR RESTORATION PREVENTS SWELLING AND GRAFT DISLODGING
  • ONE CAN RESUME SLEEPING IN TYPICAL POSITION TWO WEEKS POST-OP
  • RESTING IN THE WRONG SLEEPING POSITION CAN LEAD TO INFLAMMATION, BLEEDING, SCARRING, AND PROLONGED HEALING TIME
  • TIPS TO SLEEP WELL DURING THE RECOVERY PROCESS SUCH AS USING EXTRA PILLOWS TO MINIMIZE MOVEMENT, USING A RECLINER, ETC.


Let’s go through each of them and learn about the details.

What Is The Best Position To Sleep After A Hair Transplant?

The optimal sleeping position is at a 45-degree angle. However, here are some general tips for the best sleeping position after a hair transplant:

  • SLEEP ON YOUR BACK
  • PUT YOUR HEAD FORWARD AND ELEVATED
  • YOUR HEAD SHOULD BE AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THE HEART
  • SLEEP WITH A NECK PILLOW


Here, you can follow our consultant’s directions on sleeping after hair transplant:

Why Is Sleeping Position Important After A Hair Transplant?

The sleeping position is important because surgical sites should not come into contact with the pillow. Since the new hair roots are not firmly anchored in the scalp yet, this can tear them out. Tossing and turning when you sleep increases the possibility of dislodging delicate hair grafts.

Another reason for sleeping in an elevated head position is that if the head is not above the heart level, the blood reflux to the scalp results in more swelling and bruising.

Not listening to the post-op sleeping instructions can have the following disadvantages:

  • DISLODGED HAIR GRAFTS
  • BLEEDING
  • SCARRING
  • SWELLING
  • BRUISING

When Can I Sleep Normally After A Hair Transplant?

It is safe to slumber in your normal sleep position 14 days after a hair transplant. This is when the scalp is no longer sensitive and is healed enough.

Can I Sleep Face-Down After A Hair Transplant?

No. You cannot sleep face-down immediately after the hair restoration surgery. You can’t sleep in this position until your scalp is no longer sensitive and there’s no chance of dislodging your newly transplanted hair.

When Can I Sleep On My Stomach After A Hair Transplant?

Two weeks after your hair transplant surgery, you can sleep in any position you feel comfortable including on your stomach. 

The timeline for sleeping position post-surgery is as follows:

Timeline


Sleeping position

First 10 days

On the back with an elevated head

Day 10-14

You can start sleeping on the side

Day 14 and more

You can sleep in any position

The timeline for this specific sleeping position is important because the new grafts on the recipient area are at risk of dislodging until the 9th day following the surgery. 

However, you should consult with your doctor individually before changing your sleeping position. 

Below, one of our patients shares his experience on how he managed to sleep in an upright position.

What Happens If I Sleep On My Side?

Sleeping on one side can increase the blood flow to that area, resulting in more swelling. Side sleeping can also increase the chance of damaging the new grafts by contacting the pillow. This is associated with bleeding, scarring, and taking the grafts out.

Tips For Better Sleep During Hair Transplant Recovery

  • PREPARE A RELAXING ENVIRONMENT
    • Use a white noise machine or listen to calming podcasts.
    • Spray pleasant scents like jasmine, lavender, or vanilla.
    • Watch ASMR videos or play relaxing music.
    • Use yellow light for a faster and easier sleep.
  • USE MORE PILLOWS
  • SLEEP ALONE
  • SLEEP IN A RECLINER
  • TAKE SHORT NAPS DURING THE DAY
  • TAKE PAINKILLERS
  • PUT SOME PADS OR SHEETS ON YOUR PILLOW
  • AVOID DRINKING AND SMOKING
  • FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR’S INSTRUCTIONS

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