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A 47-year-old member asked:

is not sleeping the night before surgery bad. will i come out of general anesthesia?

5 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes you will: Yes you will complications from general anesthesia are rare. Don, t worry you will be ok.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management 35 years experience
Relax: Not sleeping before surgery is fairly normal and expected. You make the anesthetists job easier, thats all. That has nothing to do with waking up. You will wake up without any problems. Count on it.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Better to sleep!: It's best if you have surgery and anesthesia when you are feeling at your best. If you normally take any type of sleeping pill, take it on your usual schedule. If you don't, and you're worried about sleeping, ask your doctor to prescribe a small dose of a sedative like Xanax (alprazolam) for you to take the night before surgery. But even if you can't sleep, you'll wake up from anesthesia just fine.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Sleep normally : Your sleep the night before will in no way affect your waking up after surgery. Anesthesia is very safe. You will do fine.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Yes: The effect of a bad night sleep before anesthesia will not affect your coming out of surgery.

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