Tips for donors

Resting before and after plasma donation: why it’s crucial for donors

Tips for donors

Resting before and after plasma donation: why it’s crucial for donors

April 10, 2024

Plasma donation is a generous act to help people in need. As a donor, it is important for you to feel at your strongest on donation day and that is why you should put rest, both physical and mental, at the center of your preparation.

To ensure an even smoother donation experience and quick restoration of your energy levels, follow the following tips.

Before Plasma Donation

Get a good night’s sleep

The main form of rest is, as you probably guessed, sleeping. Aim for around 8 hours of sleep the night before your donation to feel like you have plenty of energy. If you are well-rested, your body can cope better with the stress of donation and minimize the feeling of dizziness or tiredness that can sometimes happen.

Get ready

Hydration is key to improving your donation experience! Remember to drink a lot of water and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, because dehydration can increase the risk of fainting during your plasma donation. Having a balanced meal before your donation can also help stabilize your blood sugar levels and prevent dizziness or light-headedness.

During Plasma Donation


If you are very tired on donation day, you could risk feeling faint during or after giving plasma. To prevent this from happening, you can follow the following steps during the donation process:

  • Practice deep breathing exercises to help calm your nerves and maintain steady oxygen levels. This can prevent dizziness and fainting episodes.

  • Remember that crossing your legs can restrict blood flow and increase the risk of fainting, so keep your legs uncrossed and relaxed during the donation process.

  • If you start feeling light-headed or unwell, don’t hesitate to inform your center staff immediately. They are trained to assist you and can take the necessary steps to ensure your well-being.

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Can I donate plasma with no sleep?

In theory, you can. But remember that even if you feel tired, donors cannot sleep during the actual donation process. Being alert and awake ensures the safety and efficiency of the donation process, so try to get some shut-eye before coming to your center!

After Plasma Donation

Rest immediately after the donation

Take your time getting up from the donation chair. Rest for around 5 minutes in the donor chair to make sure you feel well and are ready to get up. Once you are up, relax in the refreshment area for 15-20 minutes before leaving the donation center. Should you feel dizzy, remember your center staff is always there to help. You can also drink or eat something to rehydrate and reinforce your body before leaving the plasma donation center.

Can I work out after donating plasma?

Unfortunately, no. For the rest of the day following your donation, it is crucial to avoid strenuous activities. Do not lift any heavy objects or go to the gym for an intense workout. Self-care and rest are important to help your body recover faster from the donation process.


By following these practical tips, you can guarantee a safe and comfortable plasma donation experience while contributing to a vital cause. So do not forget to take your well-deserved rest next time you donate!


Do you still have doubts about plasma donation? Our FAQs section will hopefully clear them up. Remember that our medical team and staff is always there to answer all your question in person.