Sleep: Preparing Your Body for Positive Surgical Outcomes


There are apps to help you track it, tips and tricks to help you get more, and stacks of studies warning of the risks of too little. We’re talking about sleep, of course, and while most people understand the important role of sleep in overall health, we want to talk about its vital role in surgical recovery.

Suddenly wondering what sleep has to do with surgery? Consider this: while you sleep, your body’s cells work to repair themselves, your brain clears away toxins, and regulatory hormones prepare your body for routine function. Basically, sleep is an essential ingredient in the formula for health and healing. This is particularly important following surgery, illness or traumatic injury.

At Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHfS), we know sleep and recovery go hand-in-hand, so we take every step to make sure your body is prepared to snooze and repair itself.

Welcome to The Center for Sleep Disorders

At the industry-leading Center for Sleep Disorders at MHfS, our highly experienced team of sleep specialists utilize a range of tests and tools to diagnose the most common sleep disorders affecting 40+ million Americans, including:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleepwalking

Patients with a history of sleep disturbances are strongly encouraged to participate in a sleep study before undergoing surgery. Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea, can directly affect surgical outcomes. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea contributes to higher risks for post-surgical complications, including cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

Making Sleep Studies A Breeze

Sleep studies at the Center for Sleep Disorders are simple, painless and informative. Overnight sleep studies are conducted in one of our clinic’s spacious, private rooms, where you’ll enjoy free Wi-Fi, a 50-inch television, a private bathroom and a queen-size bed. You’ll almost think you’re on vacation! In addition to overnight sleep studies, known as nocturnal polysomnogram, we also conduct sleep latency and wakefulness tests, which evaluate daytime and nighttime alertness and performance.

Get back to a good night’s sleep and set yourself up for successful surgery. Contact the Center for Sleep Disorders at Methodist Hospital for Surgery today at 972-685-7345 and find out how you can participate in a comfortable, insightful sleep test.

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