How Can I Sleep Better While Undergoing Cancer Treatment?

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As a society we probably not sleeping enough, and we know that the quality, and the timing of our sleep changes as we get older anyway as we're young children we need a lot of sleep, as for teenagers we need a lot of sleep, but we fall asleep later and wake up later, not good if you have an early morning class in high school and during cancer treatment what we find is that we're always tired many of the medicines that we take all some of throw up our sleep wake cycle be it pain medicines, or nausea medicines, some of them make us more tired, some of them actually buzz us up a little bit, some of that anti-medic with no anti nausea medicines like steroids can actually really take away sleep for the first few days that we take them so our sleep wake cycle will normally change during the time that we have treatment, many people will get sleeping medicines from their oncologists which is okay for short periods of time, some people do better on those than others, some are of them are really afraid that they would become dependent on sleep medicines over the long time after this treatment and in small amounts of cases that does happen.

But there are a number of other things that we can do either before we ask for sleep medicine or in conjunction with them, and those come from basic sleep hygiene suggestions for everybody. Have a quiet place to sleep, and make sure that the place you sleep is not a place, see you have a lot of activities that you don't use your computer in bed but you don't watch very lively movies right before you go to sleep in bed, that's not going to make it a common place.

Make sure that the light can be turned down lower or off depending upon your preference, make sure that it's quiet, some people don't have a quiet environment, and they need to use silicone earplugs which are fine to use as long as you follow the directions and don't stick them all the way in your ear, that can be really hard to get out and you don't want another surgery on top of everything else.

Not eating but directly before you go to bed, not having a lot of exercise before you directly go to bed. Those sort of things, the basic sleep hygiene techniques really apply more during cancer treatment than afterwards. And then using the sleeping medicines very gingerly and under supervision so that you use the right amounts, you use them for short periods of time and then it will become a permanent part of you life can really help.