How to sleep after circumcision? The best positions for a good night
Are you struggling to sleep after a recent circumcision?
Whilst most guys will be able to sleep relatively pain-free, it’s still possible that you will experience some discomfort, particularly in the first few days of the procedure.
If you normally sleep on your front, you will have to sleep in a different position whilst your circumcision heals.
Here are a few things you can try to make sleeping easier:
Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to help you manage any discomfort or pain you may feel. Take the medication as directed and follow all instructions on the label.
If you have not been prescribed any medication you can also take over-the-counter pain medication such as paracetamol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Follow the instructions and don’t take more than advised.
You may want to sleep alone if you normally share a bed with a partner. This can help prevent any accidental knocks or bumps in bed, especially if they are an active sleeper.
It may also reduce the chances of you getting aroused and sporting a painful erection!
Wear tight(ish) underwear
A common cause of pain can be the higher sensitivity of a recently exposed penis glans rubbing against your sheets and covers.
To prevent this, and keep your penis in place, try wearing tighter underwear such as boxerbriefs. These will support your penis and prevent it from chafing.
Sleep on your back or side
It’s best to sleep on your back or side in the first few days after your surgery. This will help prevent any pressure or friction on the incision site.
If sleeping on your side, try putting a pillow between your legs. This will prevent you rolling on to your front and stop you from squashing your penis.
Pee before bed and don’t drink any liquids
Night-time erections can be one of the biggest sources of pain after surgery and can sometimes even wake you up.
To prevent them, make sure you go to the bathroom to pee before bed. You’ll also want to avoid drinking any fluids for a couple of hours before you sleep, as erections are often your body’s response to needing to urinate at night.
Still in pain? Try the foetal position
If you do experience a painful night-time erection, try curling up into the foetal position. This will reduce pressure on the wound and tension on the stitches, which are often the source of pain.